Business and Government


Kansas launches statewide program to increase broadband

The launching of the new Broadband Acceleration Grant Program in Kansas is aiming to bridge the digital divide across the state, especially among rural and underserved areas. Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced the introduction of the program last week, marking… more

Coping with COVID: Missouri, Kansas vaccination distribution plans to serve healthcare workers first

Established statewide plans for how the first COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed reveals healthcare workers will be the first to receive the shot, both in Missouri and Kansas. Although a viable COVID-19 vaccine has not yet been released to the… more

Missouri Senate to consider COVID-19 funding bill

Originally put on hold due to COVID-19 case outbreaks, debate on a $1.3 billion COVID-19 spending bill resumes this week in the Missouri Senate. The Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday, and the full Senate will spend Wednesday debating the… more

KCMO businesses to see potential fee cut in 2021

Kansas City, Mo. Mayor Quinton Lucas is proposing a plan to ease the costs to do business in the city, potentially saving some businesses hundreds of dollars. The service industry and other small businesses have a variety of fees they… more

In a Nutshell

Two important things impacted the US economic outlook recently.  First, better than expected economic releases boosted the GDP outlook.  For example, the Atlanta Fed’s GDP Now surpassed Wall Street’s 5% fourth quarter GDP forecast.  Then, very positive vaccine news was… more

Missouri launches website in preparation for vaccine arrival

As research and development of multiple COVID-19 vaccines continue to show promising safety and effectiveness findings, Governor Mike Parson today announced the launch of a new vaccine website for Missouri residents.  MOStopsCOVID.com provides Missourians with information regarding the safety of the… more

Kansas grants $2.1 million toward early education gaps

Governor Laura Kelly has announced over $2.1 million in grants in order to help address gaps in early childhood care and education. Governor Laura Kelly says she announced over $2.1 million in grant funding will head to 59 ‘All in… more

Kansas rural revitalization program opens applications

Applications have opened for Kansas communities looking for growth opportunities provided through the Kansas Main Street Program. The Main Street program is designed to develop and strengthen downtown corridors, especially in rural communities. The program will be accepting applications for… more

Kelly urges continued need for National Guard in COVID-19 response efforts

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has requested the National Guard’s presence through March 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kelly sent a letter to President Donald Trump seeking federal approval for the extension of Title 32 authority, which “allows governors… more

Clay County CARES Act grant deadline closes in

The Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City (EDCKC) is distributing small business grants in Clay County through the end of November. Applications are open to businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19. This is the third phase of CARES Act funding, two… more