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Missouri Chamber Rolls Out Crime-Fighting Plan

Gov. Mike Parson joined the Missouri Chamber's Dan Mehan (right) to address the impact of violent crime on the state's business prospects.   This time, the call for crime reduction in Missouri is coming from the state's business community.   The… more

Builders’ Association, AGC Merger Ahead

Associated General Contractors of America said today that it will merge its Kansas City chapter with the The Builders’ Association, which advocates for construction-related concerns and training programs in the region. Officials from the two organizations will hold a news… more

Ford to Invest $95 Million in KC, Add 1,100 Jobs

Ford Motor Co. announced this morning that it would invest $95 million to establish a third shift at Kansas City Assembly Plant, increasing production of the Transit van series--a move the company says will add 1,100 union jobs at one… more

Powerhouse Real-Estate Firms Join Forces

      United Real Estate's Dan Duffy, left, and Scott DeNeve of Platinum Realty   United Real Estate Group announced this morning that it had acquired Overland Park-based Platinum Realty, creating a national realty powerhouse with nearly 20,000 agents… more

COVID Hospitalizations Fall to Pandemic-Era Low

Much to the relief of beleaguered health-care providers, the numbers of people hospitalized with COVID-19 hit something of a milestone this week, falling below 100 for the first time since all 27 regional hospitals began reporting data to the Mid-America… more

Missouri Realtors Names New CEO

Missouri Realtors, the statewide association advocating for real-estate professionals, has named Breanna Vanstrom as its next CEO. She succeeds John Sebree, who has assumed leadership of the California Association of Realtors. Vanstrom, CEO of Boise Regional Realtors Association, was selected… 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

Science Comes to Life in Kansas

One can’t fully appreciate where Kansas sits at the center of life sciences excellence in 2022 and think about where that might take the state going forward without looking backward. So do a little time traveling here: • In 2004,… more

M&A technology sector reaches 7,800 closed deals

Total M&A technology transactions in the U.S. ended 2021 with 7,829 deals. Strategic buyers accounted for 36 percent of buyers, financial buyers a slim .05 percent, and hybrid buyers 54 percent. Software was the leading industry among buyers.   more

Economic impact study measures $6.5 billion generated by UM System in Fiscal Year 2021

The results of Missouri’s latest economic impact study show that in 2021, the UM System including its four universities, MU Extension, MU athletics and academic medicine have produced $6.5 billion. The study was conducted by national firm, Tripp Umbach. “Each of… more