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K.C. Housing Starts Don’t Match Population Growth

The numbers of residents in the major counties of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area have steadily increased over the past few years, but the same can’t be said for new housing stock where they live, according to two recent U.S.… more

Research Medical Center CEO Taking New Job

Jackie DeSouza-Van Blaricum is stepping down from her role as chief executive officer of HCA Health Midwest's flagship Research Medical Center, a position she has held since 2014. She's moving on to become chief executive at HCA's Riverside (Calif.) Community… more

Soccer Shots Sets KC Franchise Goal

     Soccer Shots, a franchise-based early education program for the sport, has big growth plans for 2019, and the Kansas City area is included. The effort comes at a time when the greater area is riding a soccer wave, with… more

$20 Billion Fed Spend Could Boost Bi-state Rural Broadband

The lack of broadband Internet access in rural areas of Kansas and Missouri is a major hurdle for the economies of both states.  It's estimated by the Missouri Department of Economic Development that 1.2 million residents don't have high-speed Internet,… more

Central Bank of the Midwest Buying BankLiberty Parent for $104M

Central Bancompany, the parent of Central Bank of the Midwest, is purchasing Liberty Bankcorp, owner of BankLiberty, in a $42-per-share stock deal that totals $103.7 million.  The transaction, expected to close in the third quarter, will bring Central to $2.3… more

Cerner Looks to Improve Operations, Retools Board

Cerner Corp. management, in an agreement with activist investor Starboard Value LP, is taking measures to improve its operating margins. The news comes after the company's fourth-quarter report, in February, when earnings came in at $131.3 million, down from $336.7… more

Sears Starts a New Chapter in Overland Park

We're so used to hearing about Sears Holdings (and retailers in general) closing stores lately that it came as an unexpected surprise when the company, relatively fresh out of bankruptcy, announced it was testing a new concept. Overland Park--specifically 6327… more

Cohen-Esrey Bringing Upscale Apartment Complex to Midtown

A luxury apartment complex is coming to Midtown Kansas City, in the former Missouri Gas Energy building, at 3420 Broadway Blvd. Cohen-Esrey Development Group is converting the current structure into 107 one- and two-bedroom luxury units expected to open in… more

Retail Downturn? Not at Block: Investors Spend $22M on Three Shopping Centers

There's been a lot of talk about a retail real estate downturn and the end of shopping in physical stores as we know it. Apparently, David Block and a group of local investors didn't get the news. His firm, Block… more

Polsinelli Tabs Two to Lead KC Office

Polsinelli, which has more lawyers on staff than any other law firm based in Kansas City, has announced that two of them will oversee the Kansas City office, in new roles created under the firm's new chairman and CEO, Chase… more