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$10 Million Gift for JCCC Capital Plan

The Johnson County Community College Foundation announced today that it had received a $10 million lead gift from the Sunderland Foundation to jump-start the largest campus transformation project in the nearly 50-year history of the college. Dubbed The Sunderland Challenge,… more

KU Biotech Center Wins SBA Grant

The University of Kansas announced this morning that its Bioscience & Technology Business Center had earned a $50,000 grant from the Small Business Administration to support the center's mission as a business accelerator and economic engine for northeast Kansas.  It's… more

KU Health System Adds Topeka’s St. Francis

 The University of Kansas Health System and Ardent Health Services have announced completion of their purchase of St. Francis Health, a move that will keep the financially struggling Topeka hospital's doors open. In a news release issued this morning, the… more

Builder Groups Issue Call for More Infrastructure Funding in Missouri

Years of recovery in the construction sector have benefitted residential and commercial building projects, but in terms of public infrastructure, Missouri in general--and Kansas City in particular--are among the states and metro areas with the biggest construction job losses over… more

Lenexa Lands Data Center

A national IT company based in Dallas has unveiled plans for building a 50,000-square-foot data center in Lenexa, its third facility in the Kansas City region. In a news release this morning issued by the Kansas City Area Development Council,… more

Pet Food Maker Picks Kansas City

Score one more for the Animal Health Corridor’s ability to attract key companies: C.J. Foods, a Nebraska-based maker of premium dry pet foods and treats, announced today that it would open an executive office in the Kansas City area. “After… more

UG Endorses Royal’s STAR-Bond Request

Wyandotte County’s Unified Government has signed off on a request for state approval of STAR bonds for the American Royal Association, which is planning to turn a 112-acre site in Kansas City, Kan., into a national center for agribusiness. The… more

Hospital Receives $10 Million Donation

Cheryl Lockton Williams, widow of Lockton Companies founder Jack Lockton, has donated $10 million to support the new Cambridge Tower A at the University of Kansas Hospital. Announcement of that gift came this morning at the hospital near Midtown. Officials… more

KC Makes Its Pitch to Amazon

As of today, the Kansas City region's dreams of being home to a second headquarters for Amazon.com are in the hands of Jeff Bezos and his team in Seattle. In what is being described as the largest regional collaboration in… more

Mariner Sells Tortoise Unit

Tortoise Investments, one of the region's largest wealth-management institutions and a subsidiary of Mariner Holdings, is being acquired by a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, Lovell Minnick Partners, and members of the Tortoise management team, the firm announced this morning. … more