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Affordable Housing Is Also Complicated Housing

By several accounts the United States has a severe affordable-housing shortage, and Kansas City mirrors that national problem.  On the surface, it seems like an easy problem to solve, simply with the construction of apartment buildings with inexpensive rents. Panelists… more

A Missouri Economic Development Overhaul

When the state launched the Best in Midwest initiative last year, it had found that compared to 14 regional peer states, Missouri ranked near the bottom in several key economic and community development categories, such as new jobs created and… more

Forever 21 Closing Three Area Locations as Part of Bankruptcy

Fast-fashion retailer Forever 21, which filed for bankruptcy over the weekend and announced plans to close 178 locations, and three of them are in high-profile Kansas City-area shopping centers, according to court documents filed today in the United States Bankruptcy… more

Cambria Hotels Adding Another 149 Rooms Downtown

Kansas City will add another new hotel to its inventory in 2021. The Cambria Kansas City -Downtown is going up at 205 W. 9th St., at Wyandotte Street, and total 149 rooms over six stories. A brand in the Choice… more

Agriculture Must Look Off the Farm for Workforce Talent

There are more available jobs than there are required people to fill them in the United States, and the agriculture industry is at the extreme end of that scale. Only 60 percent of professional job listings in agriculture are filled… more

State AG Lawsuits Against Sprint, T-Mobile Merger Keep Coming

Pennsylvania is the latest state to join a coalition of 18 attorneys general suing to challenge Sprint's merger with T-Mobile, and an analyst said that if they are successful in court, T-Mobile would likely back out of the deal.  “The… more

Hyperloop, Promising 30-Minute Trips to St. Louis, Unveils Pod at American Royal

     An example of what could one day shuttle passengers to St. Louis in 30 minutes made an appearance at the American Royal World Series of Barbecue last weekend. Virgin Hyperloop One, which is currently testing magnetic high-speed transit… more

Kansas City Design Center Names New Executive Director

The Kansas City Design Center (KCDC), a non-profit urban planning and design group, has named Terrance Clark, executive director. He comes from Thrive, a non-profit design organization based in the Arkansas-Mississippi Delta area, in Helena, Ark., where he was co-founder… more

World Cup Economic Impact On KC Would ‘Dwarf’ Super Bowl

If some of the men's 2026 FIFA World Cup games are played in Kansas City, the economic impact on the local area would likely double that of a Super Bowl, speakers said Tuesday during a panel discussion at Children's Mercy… more

National Smart-Home Design Firms Form Overland Park Business

A combination of 15 independent smart-home design firms from around the country have joined forces to form a single entity with a national reach. Based in Overland Park, Bravas LLC was recently put together with $75 million in financing by… more