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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

Olathe Health Joining KU Health System

Officials from the University of Kansas Health System and Olathe Health announced today that the two will merge, the biggest health-care merger in the Kansas City market in nearly 20 years. Olathe Health CEO Stan Holm joined KU Health's CEO… more

Adiga Named New CEO at Liberty Hospital

Trustees of Liberty Hospital have found their next chief executive: Raghu Adiga, the hospital's chief medical officer, was named president and Chief Executive Officer this morning. He's been serving in that capacity on an interim basis since the June retirement… 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

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, Adding 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