Greater Kansas City Area Chamber of Commerce

Education
3:00 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Former Mayors To Lead Kansas City Chamber's Pre-Kindergarten Effort

The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce announces it is adding pre-kindergarten education to the Big 5 agenda at the Chamber's Union Station headquarters.
Credit Sam Zeff / KCUR

The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce is jumping into an area it’s never tackled.

At a packed event at the Chamber's Union Station headquarters, Chamber President Roshann Parris said the organization has a new item for its Big 5 agenda of civic goals: making sure every child in the metropolitan area is ready for kindergarten.

"No single issue impacts the health and vitality of our regional community and regional workforce more than education," Parris said.

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Education
7:41 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Chamber Adds Early Childhood Development To Big 5

Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce President Roshann Parris. The chamber is adding early childhood education to its Big 5 goals.
Credit www.ingramsonline.com

There’s been a push in the past couple of years to improve both the access to and quality of pre-kindergarten education.

Now the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce will jump into that effort and add early childhood development to its Big Five initiative.

Chamber President Roshann Parris says after meeting for months with area school superintendents, education researchers and, of course, business people, members decided that the best place to put their considerable clout and resources was in pre-K education.

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Government
5:42 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Missouri Governor Calls For Truce In Economic Border War

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon answers reporters' questions after outlining his proposal to abate the economic border battle with Kansas.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called for a temporary halt to what’s known as the economic “border war” between Kansas and Missouri Tuesday, in an address to the Greater Kansas City Area Chamber of Commerce.

Both states have a history of offering incentives to draw companies across state line. Nixon wants a temporary moratorium for the Kansas City metro area.

Nixon said his administration and that of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback have been negotiating the issue.

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Business & Tech
4:44 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Best Outlook Views KC-Area Economic Growth At 5 Percent

Frank Lenk, Director of Research, Mid American Regional Council..
Dan Verbeck KCUR

So much depends on factors influencing the Kansas City area economy, the best drawn analysis of future trends has to be flexible. Forecasters readily admit it.

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People
5:41 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Troost Renewal Wish List Collected

Maria Wheeler (left), Robert Scudder and Gail Byers give personal visions of Troost Corridor renewal.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

Urban renewal planners received their first assessment of what people who live and work in the Troost Corridor want from a multi-year makeover.  More than 350 people listed concerns and hopes.

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