Philanthropy


KC Area Leads Kansas Job Growth

Kansas counties in the Kansas City metropolitan area led the rest of the state in job growth over the past year, according to the recently released Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) 2019 Kansas Economic Report. Total employment in the area,… more

Bloch Family Keeps Giving, $21M Donation Goes to UMKC

Henry Bloch may have died earlier this year, but the H&R Block co-founder's spirit lives on in the world of philanthropy. The Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation is giving $21 million to the University of Missouri-Kansas City Foundation, focused… more

Kelly, Parson Sign Border War Agreement

Businesses expecting special tax incentives to make a move from South Kansas City to Overland Park, or from Lee's Summit to Lenexa, are out of luck. Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly and Missouri Gov. Mike Parson just signed an agreement between… more

Gov. Parson Has a Democratic Challenger

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway, a Democrat, has put her hat in the ring to challenge Republic Gov. Mike Parson for the office in the August of 2020 election. Galloway, from Columbia, late last month publicly asked Parson to take… more

YMCA Veteran Mikos Named CEO

[caption id="attachment_22285" align="alignleft" width="246"] Mikos[/caption] John Mikos, chief operating officer of YMCA of Greater Kansas City since 2013, is the organization's new president and chief executive officer. He has been in an interim position in those roles since March, when… more

Flooded Missouri Small Businesses Eligible for Fed Funds

The damaging floods in the region seem never ending this year, and property owners have certainly felt the pain.  For some small-business owners in the Kansas City, Mo., region, though, some of that might be abated. Non-farm and non-agricultural small… more

UMKC, Bloch Foundations Roll Out $20 Million Scholarship Program

Since his arrival on the UMKC campus last summer, Chancellor Mauli Agrawal has talked about the need for the university to increase both its enrollment and the numbers of graduates entering the regional work force. Today, UMKC backed up that… more

Bank of Blue Valley Merging into Morrill & Janes

The parent companies of two prominent Johnson County banks, Morrill & Janes Bank and Trust Co. and Bank of Blue Valley, have reached a merger agreement that will allow M&J parent Heartland Financial USA to acquire Bank of Blue Valley.… more

The Most Effective Ways for Kansas Citians to Support Communities Affected by Wildfires

The West Coast wildfire coverage has been hard to miss.The photos and videos of the raging flames offer just a slight idea of the tragedy that has struck Southern California. And by being at such a distance, it might feel… more

UMB Recognized for Its Commitment to the Arts

The Business Committee for the Arts, a sect of the Americans for the Arts, honors 10 businesses annually for their extraordinary commitment to the arts by awarding the BCA 10 Awards, and this year, UMB Financial has been selected as… more