Work Force Development


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

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

Next Step For Hyperloop: 12-Mile Missouri Track Site

The Virgin Hyperloop One, which will be able to take passengers from Kansas City to St. Louis in 30 minutes, according to the company behind it, needs a 12-to-15-mile test track in Missouri for the new form of transportation to… more

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

A Missouri Economic Development Overhaul

When the state launched the Best in Midwest initiative last year, it had found that compared to 14 regional peer states, Missouri ranked near the bottom in several key economic and community development categories, such as new jobs created and… more

Agriculture Must Look Off the Farm for Workforce Talent

There are more available jobs than there are required people to fill them in the United States, and the agriculture industry is at the extreme end of that scale. Only 60 percent of professional job listings in agriculture are filled… more

World Cup Economic Impact On KC Would ‘Dwarf’ Super Bowl

If some of the men's 2026 FIFA World Cup games are played in Kansas City, the economic impact on the local area would likely double that of a Super Bowl, speakers said Tuesday during a panel discussion at Children's Mercy… more

The Royals Fate: From Fear to Excitement

When Matt Condon first heard a rumor earlier this week that the Kansas City Royals were being acquired, his first reaction was: Uh-oh... Then the CEO of Bardavon Health Innovations--and former chairman of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce--heard… more

Industry ‘Disruptors’ Becoming the Norm

A regular occurrence we are seeing in business nowadays is a bevy of firms proving that a "business as usual" approach to running industries won't fly anymore. It's becoming commonplace for firms' businesses to be based on finding where a… 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