Business and Government


Waddell & Reed Wins Approval for Downtown Move

Overland Park-based Waddell & Reed plans to move its headquarters to Downtown Kansas City, and it's not planning to go into the proposed Strata development. The city's Neighborhood Planning and Development committee passed a package of incentives for the move,… more

Earnest Rouse Designated as KCMO Acting City Manager

Earnest Rouse, Kansas City's assistant city manager and director of general services, has been designated by Mayor Quinton Lucas to serve as acting city manager until a search is completed to fill the role permanently. The city council will vote… more

Schulte to Join Jackson County Administration

     Troy Schulte's retirement as city manager of Kansas City won't be much of a retirement: A week after he leaves City Hall, he'll mosey across the street to the Jackson County Courthouse, where he'll serve County Executive Frank… more

$350M Plan Would Redevelop Freighthouse Area

A $350-million plan made up of multi-story mixed-use buildings, including hundreds of residential units, has been submitted to the city in an ambitious move to transform the Freighthouse area, just to the south of The Crossroads neighborhood. The plan, put… more

Auditor: Visit KC Needs More Accountability

The City Auditor's Office has released a report saying that Visit KC, the city's economic development agency devoted to promoting tourism, is not reporting its finances in a way that gives a clear picture of how it spends money. Visit… more

Strata Office Tower Proposal Could Face City Council Today

The City Council could today vote on a long-planned Downtown office tower known as Strata, a 250,000-square-foot development at the southwest corner of 13th and Main streets. It is across the street from the world headquarters of H&R Block, which… more

Kansas’ Biggest and Costliest Export? Its Talent.

Kansas is great at educating its young people and getting them prepared for the work force. But when they leave for other states, Kansas employers are stuck looking for talent. "Our most valuable export is our educated kids to companies… more

USDA Picks KC Headquarters Site

The USDA has chosen 805 Pennsylvania Ave. as the new headquarters for its Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture offices.  Its decision follows a June announcement by the agricultural department that it was relocating the agencies… more

Mayor Lucas’ Firearms Ordinance Takes Aim at Domestic Violence

Crime is one of the biggest concerns in the Kansas City business community, and the high level of firearms-related offenses in the area accounts for a big chunk of that worry. Mayor Quinton Lucas announced an ordinance that will go… more

UBS: ‘Proceed With Caution’ In This Economy

No, there isn't a sure sign of a recession hitting the U.S. economy any time in the near future, but investors should be aware that there are some elements in place that could create a slight downturn, or at least… more