economy http://kcur.org en Building Up KC With Local Entrepreneurs http://kcur.org/post/building-kc-local-entrepreneurs <p></p><p>Whether it’s a bakery or a tech firm, running your own business is no cakewalk. Developing one from the ground up takes a lot of hard work and planning.</p><p>On Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with some local entrepreneurs about how they got started, the difficulties they encounter and what the future might hold for them. We also talk about why their relationship with the community matters so much and how they stay profitable.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 59224 at http://kcur.org Building Up KC With Local Entrepreneurs What Are The Biggest Challenges Facing Kansas City's Entrepreneurship Scene? http://kcur.org/post/what-are-biggest-challenges-facing-kansas-citys-entrepreneurship-scene <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Entrepreneurship group <a href="http://1weekkc.com/">1Week KC</a> wants to make Kansas City a top destination for innovative businesses and start-ups, a goal they're promoting with a week-long celebration that began Monday.</span></p><p>The obstacles and challenges that entrepreneurs face are wide and varied, but here is what<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;some of the people who attended this week's events had to say about the climate in Kansas City:</span></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:06:37 +0000 Cara McClain 57277 at http://kcur.org What Are The Biggest Challenges Facing Kansas City's Entrepreneurship Scene? Report: Kansas City Economy Lags Behind That Of Other U.S. Cities http://kcur.org/post/report-kansas-city-economy-lags-behind-other-us-cities <p>The Mid-America Regional Council presented a sobering assessment of the Kansas City area economy Thursday, one showing the metro is having trouble bouncing back from the recession.</p><p>The report, called "Prosperity at the Crossroads," says that fewer than half of the 100 largest metropolitan areas, including the greater Kansas City region, had recovered all the jobs they lost during the recession by the end of 2013.&nbsp;</p><p>D<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ata in the report show that Kansas City employment rates, wage growth and job growth are all down.</span></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:42:42 +0000 Frank Morris 57234 at http://kcur.org Report: Kansas City Economy Lags Behind That Of Other U.S. Cities The Disappearance of Investigative Journalism http://kcur.org/post/disappearance-investigative-journalism <p></p><p>Following the 2008 financial meltdown, many were left asking, "where were the journalists at?"&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>On the second half of Wednesday's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/program/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, host Steve Kraske discusses the lack of investigative journalism in recent years with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist&nbsp;<strong>Dean Starkman</strong>.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:26:03 +0000 Steve Kraske & Cody Newill 54269 at http://kcur.org The Disappearance of Investigative Journalism Figuring Out The Federal Reserve http://kcur.org/post/figuring-out-federal-reserve <p></p><p>You know the Federal Reserve is important to the government, but what does it really do?</p><p>On Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with Federal Reserve Bank President Esther George about why Kansas City has a Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City. We'll also look at the history of the bank at its centenary.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Esther George,</strong>&nbsp;president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City&nbsp;</li></ul> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:18:37 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 53798 at http://kcur.org Figuring Out The Federal Reserve How Corporate Giants Are Dominating Online Commerce http://kcur.org/post/how-corporate-giants-are-dominating-online-commerce <p></p><p>You can post just about anything you want on the internet, but when it comes to e-commerce, the online world is dominated by a few major players.</p><p>On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we examine the corporate giants that control the online marketplace and discuss how consumers might revolt against their monopolies.</p><p><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 53525 at http://kcur.org How Corporate Giants Are Dominating Online Commerce One Journalist's Bleak Forecast Of America's Landscape http://kcur.org/post/one-journalists-bleak-forecast-americas-landscape <p></p><p>If you look at America through journalist George Packer’s eyes, you’ll see a landscape where familiar staples of society, such as Social Security and privacy, are disappearing in a country-wide decline in civilization.</p><p>On Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with the National Book Award winner about his latest book, why he sees such a bleak picture for the country and how we might make it to the light at the end of the tunnel.</p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guest: </span></strong></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:36:32 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 53462 at http://kcur.org One Journalist's Bleak Forecast Of America's Landscape Repairing The Economy With City Policies http://kcur.org/post/repairing-economy-city-policies <p></p><p>The economy has been in trouble for a while — that's no secret. But a new idea about the "metropolitan revolutions" proposes investments in things like infrastructure and manufacturing on a city level.</p><p>In the first part of Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org.programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk about the implications of this philosophy and where it could lead.</p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guest:</span></strong></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 18:32:05 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 49576 at http://kcur.org Repairing The Economy With City Policies Fixing Fiscal Policy http://kcur.org/post/fixing-fiscal-policy <p>With the House of Representatives and the president once again butting heads over the federal budget, a government shutdown is looking more likely by the day.</p><p></p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 14:49:51 +0000 Steve Kraske, Beth Lipoff & Cody Newill 44126 at http://kcur.org Fixing Fiscal Policy What Is A Bitcoin? http://kcur.org/post/what-bitcoin <p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.4318181818181819; white-space: pre-wrap;">In a society where we pay bills online, transfer money via the internet, and can buy virtually anything on the web, would you be surprised to know that a currency has been developed that only exists in digital form?</span></p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:27:07 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 43744 at http://kcur.org What Is A Bitcoin? Topeka To Host 2015 Horseshoe World Tournament http://kcur.org/post/topeka-host-2015-horseshoe-world-tournament <p>Topeka narrowly beat out Charleston, West Virginia to be named as the home for the 2015 World Horseshoe Pitching Championship.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The event will be held in July 2015 at the Kansas </span>Expocentre<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jeffrey Alderman, with the organization Visit Topeka, says the event is a big economic opportunity. He says the competition could draw more than 1,500 participants, known as horseshoe pitchers. </span></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 12:54:45 +0000 Stephen Koranda 41871 at http://kcur.org Topeka To Host 2015 Horseshoe World Tournament Third Shift Workers Start At Claycomo Ford Plant http://kcur.org/post/third-shift-workers-start-claycomo-ford-plant <p>As promised in May, Ford Motor Company began a third assembly line shift Monday at the Claycomo Plant.</p><p>The 900-worker expansion brings the total of rank and file UAW jobs to some 4,500. The emphasis of the additional team will be making the F-150 pickup.</p><p>Plant manager Dan Jowiski said potential workers went through pre-interview testing to see if they were qualified to do the job. That was in late April, just before Ford started beefing up the force.</p><p>Jowiski cited strong company ties to the area when the jobs were announced this spring.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 13:15:27 +0000 Dan Verbeck 41478 at http://kcur.org Third Shift Workers Start At Claycomo Ford Plant Sen. Blunt, Roberts 'Disappointed' With President's Speech http://kcur.org/post/sen-blunt-roberts-disappointed-presidents-speech <p></p><p style="margin-right: 0.03in; margin-bottom: 0in">President Obama's Warrensburg speech drew unified and quick disapproval from Republican officials. In one case, the critique came before the president spoke.</p><p style="margin-right: 0.03in; margin-bottom: 0in">The White House was very open in advance about the fact that the president would be urging acceptance of his existing priorities, including investment in education, infrastructure and health care.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 08:38:42 +0000 Steve Bell 40808 at http://kcur.org President Obama Lauds Missouri College Cost Cut Program http://kcur.org/post/president-obama-lauds-missouri-college-cost-cut-program <p></p><p>Speeches on the economy and the middle class in Illinois and Warrensburg, Mo. Wednesday were parts of a plan by President Obama.</p><p>President Obama said in Warrensburg he will take his message to a series of American towns in coming weeks.</p><p>In total, it was not a new theme.&nbsp;</p><p>At University of Central Missouri the President talked of making a college education more affordable.</p><p>He also spoke of building more ladders for people to climb to the middle class, if willing to work for it. He said he would make early childhood education a priority.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 02:53:24 +0000 Dan Verbeck 40803 at http://kcur.org President Obama Lauds Missouri College Cost Cut Program Tracing The Economy's Roots http://kcur.org/post/tracing-economys-roots-0 <p></p><p></p><div><p>The<strong>&nbsp;financial crisis</strong>&nbsp;may have&nbsp;<strong>started in this century</strong>, but the economic system that built up to it has been part of this country&nbsp;<strong>since its founding</strong>.</p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 14:55:01 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Elizabeth Alex 35237 at http://kcur.org Tracing The Economy's Roots History: Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States http://kcur.org/post/history-land-promise-economic-history-united-states <p>History host Monroe Dodd speaks with <strong>Michael Lind</strong> about his most recent book, <em>Land of </em>Promise<em>: An Economic History of the United States</em>.&nbsp; They explore the curious history of the United States from its inception to today through the lens of three distinct economic republics.&nbsp; These three periods of American history are distinct in their incredible transformation brought about by technological and subsequent economical changes that also transformed the very way America understands itself.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 23:05:14 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton 35148 at http://kcur.org History: Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States Getting A Handle On The Financial Crisis http://kcur.org/post/getting-handle-financial-crisis-0 <p></p><div>With the <strong>financial crisis</strong>, it seems everyone’s got economics on the brain—and for <strong>good reason</strong>.</div><p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 17:20:23 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 34921 at http://kcur.org Getting A Handle On The Financial Crisis Ambassador Talks African Economy Emergence http://kcur.org/post/ambassador-talks-african-economy-emergence <p>The <strong>global economy</strong> isn’t just about trading with China, India and European countries-- <strong>Africa is making an impact</strong> as well.<br> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 31166 at http://kcur.org Ambassador Talks African Economy Emergence Red Ink: The High Stakes Politics Of The Federal Budget http://kcur.org/post/red-ink-high-stakes-politics-federal-budget <p>In Sunday's Kansas City Star, Up to Date host Steve Kraske wrote about "the fiscal cliff."</p> <p>In short, the cliff refers to a series of big choices facing lawmakers in this country that could lead to sweeping tax increases affecting almost everybody and a series of spending cuts that would affect many of us.</p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 15:04:52 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 26003 at http://kcur.org Red Ink: The High Stakes Politics Of The Federal Budget Obama's Jobs Plan Focuses On Federal Investment http://kcur.org/post/obamas-jobs-plan-focuses-federal-investment <em>In the next two installments of <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/162089707/solve-this" target="_blank">Solve This</a>, NPR's series on the major issues facing the country, we'll examine each presidential candidate's approach to boosting employment. Mon, 08 Oct 2012 20:41:00 +0000 John Ydstie 25688 at http://kcur.org Obama's Jobs Plan Focuses On Federal Investment Kansas City, Overland Park Mayors Talk Regional Cooperation http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-overland-park-mayors-talk-regional-cooperation <p>Kansas and Missouri say they’d like to work together, but they keep poaching each other’s businesses. Thu, 04 Oct 2012 22:24:16 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 25529 at http://kcur.org Kansas City, Overland Park Mayors Talk Regional Cooperation Economic Roundtable: Post-Keynesian Theory http://kcur.org/post/economic-roundtable-post-keynesian-theory <p>Want to satisfy your inner econ geek?&nbsp;</p><p>You've come to the right place. On Thursday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard" target="_blank"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, we’re having a roundtable talk on all things Post-Keynesian with distinguished UMKC research professors <a href="http://law.umkc.edu/faculty-staff/people/black-william.asp" target="_blank"><strong>William Black</strong></a>, <a href="http://cas.umkc.edu/economics/people/facultyPages/wray/default.asp" target="_blank"><strong>Randall Wray</strong></a> and <a href="http://cas.umkc.edu/econ/economics/faculty/Hudson/Hudsonmain.html" target="_blank"><strong>Michael Hudson</strong></a>.</p><p>Find out why the dynamics of private sector are essential to understanding the economy. Plus, we’ll discuss government transparency and accountability. If you're just little rusty on your economic theory and policy, join us at the table for the perfect refresher course. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 14:56:05 +0000 Tomeka Weatherspoon & Jabulani Leffall 25134 at http://kcur.org Economic Roundtable: Post-Keynesian Theory Two Plans For Fixing The Economy, But Few Details http://kcur.org/post/two-plans-fixing-economy-few-details As this presidential election year was kicking off, strategists were saying the focus would be on the economy. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 17:48:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 25044 at http://kcur.org Two Plans For Fixing The Economy, But Few Details Missouri's Economy Stagnant In 2011 http://kcur.org/post/missouris-economy-stagnant-2011 <p>Missouri&rsquo;s economy stayed stagnant last year.&nbsp; A new report by the federal <a href="http://www.bea.gov/" target="_blank">Bureau of Economic Analysis</a> says <a href="http://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/regional/gdp_state/gsp_newsrelease.htm" target="_blank">Missouri&rsquo;s gross domestic product remained</a> steady in 2011.</p><p> Thu, 07 Jun 2012 12:50:10 +0000 Jacob McCleland 18987 at http://kcur.org Missouri's Economy Stagnant In 2011 For Many Teens, Summer Jobs May Be Thing Of The Past http://kcur.org/post/many-teens-summer-jobs-may-be-thing-past The school year's winding down, meaning teenagers around the country will soon be trying to pull in some extra cash scooping ice cream or manning those kiosks at the mall.<p>But with the job market still weak, teens are facing stiff competition landing summer jobs. And while the downturn has hit young job seekers particularly hard, it's not just the lingering effects of the Great Recession working against them: the drop-off in teen summer hiring actually began long before 2007.<p>The past two summers were the worst for teen employment in the U.S. Thu, 31 May 2012 19:48:00 +0000 editor 18611 at http://kcur.org For Many Teens, Summer Jobs May Be Thing Of The Past Endemic Financial Fraud (AKA. Green Slime) http://kcur.org/post/endemic-financial-fraud-aka-green-slime <p>Every president and presidential candidate has an economic advisor, but how influenced are these positions by politics?</p><p> Mon, 21 May 2012 20:15:12 +0000 Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 18055 at http://kcur.org Endemic Financial Fraud (AKA. Green Slime) Unemployment Down, Jobs Up In Missouri http://kcur.org/post/unemployment-down-jobs-missouri-0 <p>At 7.3 percent, unemployment in Missouri has dropped to its lowest level in 40 months.&nbsp; That&rsquo;s according to the latest monthly report from the state&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.ded.mo.gov/" target="_blank">Department of Economic Development</a>. Wed, 16 May 2012 05:47:33 +0000 Elana Gordon 17731 at http://kcur.org Unemployment Down, Jobs Up In Missouri Uneven Economy Evens The Field For Obama, Romney http://kcur.org/post/uneven-economy-evens-field-obama-romney As the election year began, conventional wisdom was pretty well set about the outcome of the presidential race. If the economy improved, President Obama would win. If not, he'd be a one-termer.<p>So what does it mean that many big economic indicators are moving sideways?<p>"Obama seems to be in that gray area," says Paul Pierson, a political scientist at the University of California, Berkeley. "The numbers are neither so good nor so bad that they give you a definitive answer."<p>The economy as a whole is growing, but at a tepid pace. Jobs are being added every month, but not terribly many. Mon, 14 May 2012 15:53:00 +0000 editor 17618 at http://kcur.org Uneven Economy Evens The Field For Obama, Romney Hiring Slowed In April, Report Signals http://kcur.org/post/hiring-slowed-april-report-signals Businesses added just 119,000 jobs to their payrolls in April, a sharp drop from an estimated 201,000-gain in March, <a href="http://adpemploymentreport.com/pdf/FINAL_Report_April_12.pdf" target="_blank">according to the latest ADP National Employment Report</a>.<p>The private group's report is "a troubling sign" two days before the Bureau of Labor Statistics issues its figures on April employment growth and unemployment, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/05/02/151839096/reports-points-to-weaker-growth-in-jobs" target="_blank">The Associated Press says</a>.<p><a href="http://online.wsj.com/arti Wed, 02 May 2012 13:42:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 16965 at http://kcur.org Is Moderate Growth Good For The Economy? http://kcur.org/post/moderate-growth-good-economy The U.S. economy hit the recession exit ramp nearly three years ago, but it's been lost on the back roads somewhere near Recoveryville ever since.<p>Growth rates have been modest at best compared with the 4-plus percent growth in the years well before the U.S. began slouching toward its worst post-World War II recession.<p>On Friday, the government reported that the economy grew at a 2.2 percent pace in the first quarter, down from the 3 percent rate at the end of 2011. Fri, 27 Apr 2012 12:44:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 16696 at http://kcur.org Is Moderate Growth Good For The Economy?