In a Nutshell: A Very Tight & Expensive Housing Environment

Housing statistics confirm that houses available to purchase are extremely limited, so the volume of sales continues declining.  While rapidly rising prices of lumber and other components may have impacted the reduced number of housing starts, there appears to be… more

Kansas invests over $5B in economic development

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced Kansas will participate in Economic Development Week, also announcing that since 2019, the state has pumped over $5 billion into new capital investment. “Over the last two years, we’ve rebuilt the Department of Commerce and… more

Business Conditions Index grows for Missouri, Kansas

For an eleventh straight month, the Creighton University Mid-America Business Conditions Index, a leading economic indicator for the nine-state region moved into growth territory.           The Business Conditions Index, which ranges between 0 and 100, soared to its highest level… more

Beige Book report shows accelerated economic growth in Kansas City district

Growth in the Tenth District economy accelerated in March, with most sectors expanding at a moderate pace. Consumer spending increased moderately as retail, restaurant, auto, and tourism sales rose. A quarter of consumer spending contacts reported that the pace of… more

Kansas tourism division to see restructure, department move

Gov. Laura Kelly said Monday that she will restructure the executive branch and attempt to put the state's tourism division under the Department of Commerce. The governor's office cited input from businesses, destination marketing organizations and other key industry partners for… more

A Whole New World

Ingram's 2021 Historical Perspectives Series: Commercial Real Estate Everything you thought you knew about the history of commercial real estate in Kansas City? Put it on a shelf: That history is being rewritten right now. Various megatrends for years had… more

NCAA to keep March Madness games close to Indiana base

The National Collegiate Athletic Association has announced that it will stage the entire 2021 men’s basketball championship in Indiana. All 67 games of March Madness will take place in the Hoosier state in 2021, with the majority of the games… more

U.S. new export orders show promising growth in November

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew again in November, with the overall economy notching a seventh consecutive month of growth, say the nation’s supply executives in today’s Institute of Supply Management (ISM) Report On Business. ISM’s New Export Orders… 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

Ford investing $100 million at Claycomo plant

The Northland Ford Motor Company assembly plant in Claycomo, Mo. will see new jobs and ramped-up production, thanks to a generous investment from Ford. An investment of $100 million will be made at the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant, the… more