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The Consequence of the Straw Strike

On Monday, Starbucks announced it would eliminate the use of plastic straws in its stores by the end of 2020—replacing them with single-use plastic lids instead. The trend is now reaching the Midwest as some local KC restaurants are also bucking the… more

Kansas City to Host 2022 National League of Cities Summit

Kansas City will be the home for the 2022 National League of Cities City Summit, the organization announced this week. From November 16-19, thousands of city leaders, corporate partners and staff will come to Kansas City for seminars on policymaking… more

KCRise Fund Invests in Two KC Startups

The KCRise Fund has added two new Kansas City startups to its portfolio: Main Street Data and PayIt. Main Street Data is an agriculture data analytics company headquartered in Kansas City.  They boast a web tool called Validator that aggregates… more

New Poll Shows McCaskill with Slight Lead over Hawley

In a poll of registered voters released this month by Axios.com/Survey Monkey, incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill (D) holds a small percentage of a lead over challenger, Attorney General Josh Hawley (R). However, Missouri is one of the bright spots for… more

The Merc to Open in Downtown KCK

After 44 years of business in Lawrence, The Merc, a community-owned food co-op, has revealed its plans to open a second location located in Downtown Kansas City, Kansas. The plan is to open the store at the corner of 5th… more

Isenhour Takes Over as Interim Director, TMC Charitable Foundation

Ingram's 40 Under Forty alumni (c/o 2008) Kirk Isenhour has taken over as the Interim Executive Director of the Truman Medical Centers Charitable Foundation. This move is effective on July 16. Isenhour has been the Senior Director of Philanthropy since… more

State Representative Appointed Assessor of Jackson County

Representative Gail McCann Beatty will serve as the next Director of the Assessment Department in Jackson County.  Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. made the announcement today. “While many know Gail as the current Minority Leader in the Missouri House… more

HyVee Arena on Schedule for Fall 2018

Councilman Scott Taylor fondly remembers Kemper Arena as the place where he saw bands like Hall and Oates, Neil Diamond and Kenny Rogers (his mom forced him, he says) play.  Today, he says he hopes that Hyvee Arena will help… more

Ambrose Leaving Central Missouri

Dr. Chuck Ambrose is leaving his post as President of the University of Central Missouri and taking over as the CEO of Knowledge Works in Cincinnati, Ohio.   Ambrose took over as president of UCM in 2010.  Prior to that, he… more

Sprint Hires Former Verizon CFO

Andrew Davies is the new Chief Financial Officer for Sprint, the company announced Friday.  Davies will report to CEO Michel Combes and will officially take over the role on July 2.   "It's an exciting time to join Sprint and build on the… more