Work Force Development


Rural Mainstreet Index displays first drop since April

This month, the overall Rural Mainstreet Index (RMI) witnessed a drop – the first in months since April 2020. A Thursday report released by Creighton University’s Heider College of Business broke down the report for each of the 10 states… 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

Completed Turner Diagonal Interchange improves access, opens path for development opportunities

Governor Laura Kelly joined national, state, and local officials to celebrate the completion of the Turner Diagonal Interchange project in Wyandotte County today. “I’m honored to celebrate the completion of the Turner Diagonal interchange, a project that represents both immediate… more

Facility expansion to bring more jobs to eastern Kansas

Governor Laura Kelly announced the purchase of a 150,000-square-foot facility by Peerless Products, Inc., in Iola, Kan. will bring in over 100 new jobs. The purchase was made to expand the company's production capability. The expansion is expected to create… more

20 in Their Twenties … for 2020

By some demographers’ reckoning, the cohort of Americans between 20 and 29 years old is now almost evenly divided between Millennials and Generation Z. As the latter group continues to lay the cornerstones for careers, the late-stage Millennials are kicking… more

Two Kansas City area job training programs receive portion of $1 million grant through state

The Missouri Department of Economic Development and the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development approved over $1 million in grants and tax credits for three organizations through the Workforce Training Initiative. “Workforce development has always been a focus… more

Missouri receives $1 million investment in rural business development

The tail-end of September and beginning of October brought good news for rural organizations and businesses in Missouri, the state receiving just over $1 million in funding for rural business development. An investment of $1,068,984 has been given to Missouri… more

Kansas City, Kan. General Motors plant to fill new open positions

General Motors has openings for 10 skilled trade workers and 60 part-time temporary workers at the Fairfax Assembly Plant. The plant produces the Chevrolet Malibu and the Cadillac XT4, making about 800 cars per day. The openings for skilled trades… more

Kansas City-based The Roasterie and Messenger Coffee Company launch FairWave Holdings

Two coffee brands with a strong presence in the Kansas City metro, The Roasterie and Messenger Coffee Company, have come together to create FairWave Holdings, a holding company formed to grow local coffee businesses in the region. While The Roasterie… more

The 2020 Ingram’s 250

Time for some Ingram’s 250 math: What’s i250 x 5? If you came up with 1,250, hats off to your grade-school math teachers—their lessons clearly took hold. But with this being the fifth year of our recognition of the 250… more