Work Force Development

Q&A with Roberta Rowland

As a result of the pandemic, the workforce in the United States has been in flux. As the talent shortage continues, we spoke with the Director of Business Services at Workforce Partnership, Roberta Rowland to give insight as to what… more

Kansas and Missouri Unemployment at a Standstill Following April Labor Market Reports

Unemployment rates for both Kansas and Missouri have remained unchanged as seen in their respective labor market reports for April 2023. The Kansas seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remains at 2.9 percent in April, while Missouri remains at 2.5 percent.  … more

Liquor License Requirements for Workers Are No More, KCMO City Council Votes Unanimously

Last Thursday, Kansas City, Missouri, City Council voted 10-0 to end the liquor license requirement for bar and restaurant workers.  Signed into law on Sunday, Ordinance No. 230419 will result in approximately 8,000 restaurant workers in the area affected. Previously,… more

Kansas City, MO Ranks Top 10 in Best Metros for Millennials

The KCMO metro ranked in ninth place for best metros for Millenials to live in as they continue to shape the country's culture and economy, according to a recent survey from Commerical Cafe.  Millennials continue to hold the mantle of… more

Survey: U.S. Workers Believe They’re Underpaid

The ADP Research Institute has released results of a global survey of workplaces, and nearly half of American workers who responded believe they are underpaid. Three-fourths of them, however, are optimistic that they will receive raises this year. The institute,… more

Panasonic in DeSoto: And So It Begins . . .

Gov. Laura Kelly and Lt. Gov. David Toland flanked Kazuo Tadanobu, president and CEO of Panasonic Energy of North America, and other dignitaries as the dirt began to fly on the battery-plant construction site.   Public officials, local dignitaries, economic-development… more

Kansas Wins Battle for Panasonic Plant

Gov. Laura Kelly confirmed that Kansas has landed the Big One: Panasonic's $4 billion manufacturing plant that will produce batteries for electric vehicles. Her office confirmed a report in Nikkei Asia that Kansas had edged out Oklahoma in the fierce… more

Meta Goes Mega With KC Data Center

Meta Platforms, the company most everyone on the planet still knows as Facebook, announced today that it would spend $800 million to occupy nearly 1 million square feet of space in a Northland data-center complex. Company officials, along with state… more

Big Wheels and Big Deals: The region’s power plays of 2021

In a year of major moves, these pillars of business in the Kansas City area orchestrated some of the most profound change.   David Feinberg and Cerner Well, that didn’t take long: A scant 80 days passed between David Feinberg’s… more

State-employed Kansans to make office return in June

State of Kansas offices will return to normal operations beginning June 13. Gov. Laura Kelly made the announcement on Wednesday. The decision to return to normal was made due to the volume of vaccinations, availability of COVID-19 testing and a… more