Economy http://kcur.org en Fireworks Sales Generate Economic Returns For Some Metro Communities http://kcur.org/post/fireworks-sales-generate-economic-returns-some-metro-communities <p>For municipalities that allow fireworks sales, July 4 is a way to rake in the revenue.</p><p>Let's start with the cost of doing business.</p><p>"The permit fee for a fireworks tent is $1,000," says Spring Hill, Kan., city administrator Jonathan Roberts.</p><p>Fireworks are banned in most of Johnson County. But in recent years, Spring Hill, De Soto and Edgerton have decided to allow fireworks within city limits.</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:50:45 +0000 Elle Moxley 58307 at http://kcur.org Fireworks Sales Generate Economic Returns For Some Metro Communities Missouri And Kansas Among Worst States For New Parents http://kcur.org/post/missouri-and-kansas-among-worst-states-new-parents <p></p><p>A new study has rated Missouri and Kansas among the worst states in the country for new parents.</p><p>The National Partnership for Women &amp; Families <a href="http://www.nationalpartnership.org/research-library/work-family/expecting-better-2014.pdf">gave both states a failing grade</a> in the third edition of "Expecting Better," an analysis of economic supports for state and private sector workers with new children.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:04:51 +0000 Cody Newill 58274 at http://kcur.org Missouri And Kansas Among Worst States For New Parents Missouri Wants To End Economic 'Border War,' But Kansas Will Need To Act http://kcur.org/post/missouri-wants-end-economic-border-war-kansas-will-need-act <p>Missouri lawmakers want to put a stop to economic incentives for businesses who move across the state line from Kansas.</p><p>But the <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/14info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=27780121">legislation Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law</a> Tuesday only goes into effect if Kansas agrees to a similar measure to end <a href="http://kcur.org/post/will-2014-be-year-end-kansas-missouri-border-war">what's commonly known as the "Border War."</a></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:36:21 +0000 Elle Moxley 58218 at http://kcur.org Missouri Wants To End Economic 'Border War,' But Kansas Will Need To Act Burns & McDonnell Breaks Ground on Headquarters Expansion http://kcur.org/post/burns-mcdonnell-breaks-ground-headquarters-expansion <p>Missouri politicians – including Gov. Jay Nixon and Kansas City Mayor Sly James — were joined by more than 100 Burns &amp; McDonnell employees in the engineering firm’s parking lot Thursday for a ceremonial groundbreaking of the company’s headquarter expansion.</p><p>The firm’s plans call for two building near its current Ward Parkway world headquarter site, adding an additional 450,000 square feet of office space.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:02:24 +0000 Ben Palosaari 58038 at http://kcur.org Sprint And T-Mobile: How Corporate Mergers Work http://kcur.org/post/sprint-and-t-mobile-how-corporate-mergers-work <p>When Sprint CEO Dan Hesse appeared on a recent episode, he didn’t say much about the anticipated merger of his company with T-Mobile. Since then, talk of a merger between the third and fourth largest US wireless companies hasn't diminished. And one of the companies is based right in our backyard.</p><p>On Tuesday's <em>Up to Date </em>we explore the process of corporate mergers and what this one might mean for Sprint's Overland Park campus.</p><p></p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:05:28 +0000 Steve Kraske & Scott Ross 57854 at http://kcur.org Sprint And T-Mobile: How Corporate Mergers Work Why Fewer Teens Are Spending Their Summer Lifeguarding http://kcur.org/post/why-fewer-teens-are-spending-their-summer-lifeguarding <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Temperatures are rising, but a shortage of lifeguards in some communities is keeping pools closed.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Once a stereotypical way to make some summer cash, fewer teens are willing to go through expensive training for a minimum wage job.</p><p>And while the problem here isn't as pronounced as in Austin, Texas, which had to delay opening half its pools, there are still cities scrambling to recruit the needed lifeguards to keep swimmers safe.</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">It takes a lot of lifeguards to keep one pool safe</strong></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:43:19 +0000 Elle Moxley 57804 at http://kcur.org Why Fewer Teens Are Spending Their Summer Lifeguarding To Buy Or To Rent? http://kcur.org/post/buy-or-rent <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>With the foliage at its finest, "For Sale" signs are popping up in front of houses all over town. Home ownership is a staple of the American Dream but in reality renting may make more sense.</p><p>On Monday's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, the Cash Money Crew explores the age old question of whether to rent or buy.</p><p><strong>Guests:&nbsp;</strong></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:50:30 +0000 Gina Kaufmann & Matthew Long-Middleton 57401 at http://kcur.org To Buy Or To Rent? 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 Confronting Suburban Poverty http://kcur.org/post/confronting-suburban-poverty <p></p><p>When you think of poverty, you might picture homeless people in the heart of the city or lines at the City Union Mission, but the inner city isn’t the only place where people have fallen on hard times.</p><p>On Wedensday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we take a look the suburbs, a place where poverty rates have been climbing for years. We examine what steps local governments can take to help the growing number of people who live in suburban poverty and find out what has been pushing this trend.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 57026 at http://kcur.org Confronting Suburban Poverty Sprint CEO Dan Hesse On T-Mobile, HD Audio And Work-Life Balance http://kcur.org/post/sprint-ceo-dan-hesse-t-mobile-hd-audio-and-work-life-balance <p>When Sprint Corp. CEO Dan Hesse took the helm of an ailing telecommunications corporation seven years ago, he had his work cut out for him.</p><p>In the past year, things have moved very quickly for the company, with a majority buyout by Japan-based&nbsp;SoftBank Corp., layoffs and recent <span style="line-height: 1.5;">rumors of a merger deal with T-Mobile.</span></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 20:19:59 +0000 Steve Kraske & Cody Newill 57085 at http://kcur.org Sprint CEO Dan Hesse On T-Mobile, HD Audio And Work-Life Balance Johnson County Demonstrates Sharp Uptick In Suburban Poverty http://kcur.org/post/johnson-county-demonstrates-sharp-uptick-suburban-poverty <p>Poverty in suburban Johnson County doesn't look like it does in urban Kansas City, Kan., or rural parts of the state.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And that makes it harder to address a growing problem in a part of the metro seen as affluent, says County Manager </span>Hannes<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Zacharias<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:46:36 +0000 Elle Moxley 57089 at http://kcur.org A Look At Sprint With Its CEO http://kcur.org/post/look-sprint-its-ceo <p></p><p>When it comes to employment and industry, Sprint is a giant in Kansas City, but that status doesn’t come without some issues.</p><p>On Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse joins us to talk about rumors of a potential merger with T-Mobile, what a recent quarterly report says about the company and what presses Hesse’s buttons when it comes to audio quality.</p><p></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 57019 at http://kcur.org A Look At Sprint With Its CEO Reports: Sprint Works Out $32 Billion Deal With T-Mobile http://kcur.org/post/reports-sprint-works-out-32-billion-deal-t-mobile <p>Sprint Corp. has worked out a $32 billion deal to acquire T-Mobile US Inc., according to reports Wednesday.</p><p>The deal was reported by varying media outlets, <a href="http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/technology/article479724/Reports-indicate-Sprint-would-pay-32-billion-for-T-Mobile.html">including the Kansas City Star</a>, but no sources were identified. Sprint has not confirmed the reports and a spokesman for the company declined to comment to The Star.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 14:59:00 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 56859 at http://kcur.org Development On The Rise In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/development-rise-kansas-city <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Home construction skyrocketed 88% over last year's developments this April. In the second half of Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a>,&nbsp;Steve </span>Kraske<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> talks with Kansas City Star development reporter&nbsp;<strong>Kevin </strong></span><strong>Collison</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;about the jump in growth in the metro area.</span></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 14:48:21 +0000 Steve Kraske, Jenny Whitty & Cody Newill 56654 at http://kcur.org Development On The Rise In Kansas City Spanish Auto Parts Company Opens Kansas City Plant http://kcur.org/post/spanish-auto-parts-company-opens-kansas-city-plant <p>A Spanish auto parts manufacturer will add 118 jobs in Kansas City over the next two years.</p><p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was in town Wednesday to help cut the ribbon at Grupo Antolin's&nbsp;new $18 million plant, which will produce customized headliners for the vehicles such as the Ford Transit vans being manufactured at Claycomo.</p><p>"Since we first announced Grupo coming to Missouri, the company has already hired over 50 employees, including plant manufacturing and management staff," says Nixon. "That's big news for the company and a huge win for this community."</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 20:34:59 +0000 Elle Moxley 56120 at http://kcur.org Spanish Auto Parts Company Opens Kansas City Plant Kauffman Foundation CEO To Step Down http://kcur.org/post/kauffman-foundation-ceo-step-down <p>Tom McDonnell, president and CEO of the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">will leave the organization at the end of the fiscal year.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a release, the Foundation says because of personal plans,&nbsp;McDonnell is unable to make the long-term commitment the organization needs to see through a multi-year strategic plan effort.</span></p> Wed, 14 May 2014 15:50:03 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 55710 at http://kcur.org Unilever To Make Big Investment In Independence Plant http://kcur.org/post/unilever-make-big-investment-independence-plant <p>Unilever is adding 70 jobs and investing $99 million at its Independence food manufacturing plant.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About 190 employees currently work at the plant, which for years has made Wishbone salad dressing. The jobs are above average wage. the kind Independence Economic Development Council President Tom </span>Lesnak<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says the city tries to attract. But those jobs have been in jeopardy for a couple of months now.</span></p> Thu, 08 May 2014 23:07:54 +0000 Elle Moxley 55447 at http://kcur.org Greensburg, Kansas Recovers From Twister Only To Face An Economic EF5 http://kcur.org/post/greensburg-kansas-recovers-twister-only-face-economic-ef5 <p style="margin-left:.5in;">A massive EF5 tornado all but obliterated Greensburg, Kan., on May 4, 2007. Afterwards, city leaders saw a blank slate, a chance to reverse decades of decline by building a town for the future.</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">Greensburg’s green building initiative, drew big money, and lots of volunteer help. But now Greensburg faces a crossroads. The town is stuck at half its pre-tornado population with few prospects for growth. Some blame trends slowly decimating most farm towns, others find fault with the green initiative.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 12:58:22 +0000 Frank Morris 54981 at http://kcur.org Greensburg, Kansas Recovers From Twister Only To Face An Economic EF5 Kansas City’s Auto Assembly Sector Revs Up With New Parts Plant http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-s-auto-assembly-sector-revs-new-parts-plant <p>Kansas City’s thriving auto-assembly sector notched another win Thursday, as the Canadian company Martinrea broke ground on a new parts plant in Riverside.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Martinrea says it will hire as many as 290 people to crank out front end parts for the Malibu that GM builds by the thousands across the river from Riverside, in Fairfax. The company will reportedly see more than $3 million in state incentives. But Kansas City Area Development Council CEO Bob Marcus says, auto parts manufacturers are moving here for another good reason.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 12:44:45 +0000 Frank Morris 54739 at http://kcur.org Spirit Airlines To Begin Service In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/spirit-airlines-begin-service-kansas-city <p>Spirit Airlines announced Wednesday they will begin service in Kansas City beginning August 7.</p><p>The Florida-based airline will provide non-stop service from KCI Airport to Chicago O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit and Las Vegas on August 7 and Houston beginning August 8.</p><p>“We look forward to help customers traveling to or from the Kansas City area to save money with our ultra-low fares and optional services for a total price that is tough to beat”&nbsp;said Mark Kopczak, Spirit’s Vice President of Network Planning in a release.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:35:55 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 54626 at http://kcur.org Spirit Airlines To Begin Service In Kansas City Cash Money Crew: Managing And Investing A Financial Windfall http://kcur.org/post/cash-money-crew-managing-and-investing-financial-windfall <p>Many of us fantasize about receiving a large sum of money unexpectedly. This is the very fantasy that sends people to the grocery store for lottery tickets.</p><p>But it's not <em>just</em> a fantasy. Situations do arise when people who are not necessarily experienced in dealing with money find themselves on the receiving end of a financial windfall.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:05:12 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 54504 at http://kcur.org Cash Money Crew: Managing And Investing A Financial Windfall Google To Begin Rollout Of Fiber Service For Small Businesses http://kcur.org/post/google-begin-rollout-fiber-service-small-businesses <p>Google Inc. announced Wednesday that it would begin recruiting small businesses in Kansas City to test its Google Fiber product.</p><p><a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/blog/bizventures-kc/2014/04/google-fiber-picks-kc-to-test-business-service.html?ana=e_kan_bn&amp;u=jepuWH7cYTbXO9S2YlUq1Q069899f5&amp;t=1397665665">The Kansas City Business Journal reports</a> after nearly two years of asking Kansas City companies to "hang in there," Google is ready to launch the pilot.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:42:24 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 54270 at http://kcur.org 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 Company's 'Quirky' Spin On Getting Inventions Produced http://kcur.org/post/one-companys-quirky-spin-getting-inventions-produced <p></p><p>People have ideas for inventions all the time, but getting those ideas made into consumer products can be a difficult journey.</p><p>On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with a representative of <a href="http://Quirky.com" target="_blank">Quirky.com</a>, a website that connects the entrepreneurs with the means to produce their ideas.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Nathaniel Padgett,</strong> Quirky.com</li></ul> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:44:50 +0000 Maria Carter & Beth Lipoff 53348 at http://kcur.org One Company's 'Quirky' Spin On Getting Inventions Produced Getting Inventive In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/getting-inventive-kansas-city <p>When you tell people you're an inventor, it conjures up images of a mad scientist slaving away in a lab. But what's it really like to be an inventor in Kansas City?</p><p>On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with local inventor Rich Melton about where he finds his inspiration, the roadblocks&nbsp;he's encountered and how he got started.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Rich Melton,</strong> inventor</li></ul> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:43:54 +0000 Maria Carter & Beth Lipoff 53349 at http://kcur.org Getting Inventive In Kansas City Tech-Savvy Students Contend In Local Robotics Competition http://kcur.org/post/tech-savvy-students-contend-local-robotics-competition <p>It seems like we depend on machines for nearly everything we do, and a whole new breed of mechanical wonders is invading Kansas City this weekend for the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">2014 KC Regional First Robotics Competition.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk about the competition that's attracting more than a thousand high school students who have designed their own robots. </span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guests:</span></strong></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:55:58 +0000 Steve Kraske, Beth Lipoff & Cody Newill 52646 at http://kcur.org Tech-Savvy Students Contend In Local Robotics Competition Sprint Chairman Takes Case For T-Mobile Merger To The Public http://kcur.org/post/sprint-chairman-takes-case-t-mobile-merger-public <p>Masayoshi<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Son, SoftBank Corp. CEO and c</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">hairman of Overland Park-based Sprint Corp.,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">promises lower prices and faster service — if he’s allowed to buy T-Mobile.</span></p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">Son, who heads Sprint’s parent company SoftBank, says merging Sprint with T-Mobile would create a stronger competitor to the big guys, Verizon Wireless and AT&amp;T Inc.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:45:19 +0000 Frank Morris 52501 at http://kcur.org Sprint Chairman Takes Case For T-Mobile Merger To The Public New Lawsuit Alleges Racial Discrimination At Power & Light http://kcur.org/post/new-lawsuit-alleges-racial-discrimination-power-light <p>The Cordish Companies, owner-operator of the popular Power and Light District in downtown Kansas City, is again facing allegations of discrimination. Cordish vehemently denies as “complete fabrication” the latest charges, which are part of wrongful dismissal lawsuit filed late Friday.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11:11:00 +0000 Laura Ziegler 52189 at http://kcur.org New Lawsuit Alleges Racial Discrimination At Power & Light Hutchinson Kansas On Front Lines Of Salt Shortage http://kcur.org/post/hutchinson-kansas-front-lines-salt-shortage <p>The intensity of winter weather, both around Kansas City and nationally has put a strain on the supply of salt available to cities both near and far. Under the rich soil of Kansas there are hundreds of miles of salt veins where many cities get their salt. On today's Central Standard we'll take you down to one mine to the front lines of a national salt shortage playing out in our backyard.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Frank Morris</strong>,&nbsp;KCUR national correspondent and senior editor</li></ul> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 23:24:54 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton 51472 at http://kcur.org Hutchinson Kansas On Front Lines Of Salt Shortage