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Life Sciences Talent-to-Industry Exchange report available

tie.pngThe Talent-to-Industry Exchange (TIE) concept was introduced in 2016 as a way to improve the labor supply in key industry sectors, growing the human capital necessary to attract and retain companies in the Kansas City region. This strategy was put forward as a KC Rising pilot project to address the alignment of the region’s education pipeline with workforce needs in specific industries.
Each industry-specific TIE includes (1) a detailed economic and labor analysis;
(2) an educational asset inventory; (3) business engagement through surveys and facilitated discussions; and (4) an action plan and timeline for implementation. This report provides the economic and labor analysis for the first TIE, which focuses on life sciences industry in Greater Kansas City. It includes information from business engagement that took place in late 2016. Download the report»

KC Rising Metrics: Measuring Progress


Our KC Economy team from Mid-America Regional Council joined several hundred of our close friends on Tuesday, Feb. 28, to celebrate Year Two of KC Rising — a year that saw a growing momentum in a wide range of initiatives designed to strengthen our regional economy. KC Rising’s initiatives focus on three key economic drivers: Trade (in globally competitive sectors); Ideas (innovation and entrepreneurship); and People (human capital).

KC Rising’s goal is to move the Kansas City region into the top 10 among our 30 peer metros in three key measures we call the “Big Dots” — the number of quality jobs in the region, our gross regional product, and our median household income.

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MARC Board of Directors elects new officers

Councilwoman Carol Suter of Gladstone, Missouri, was elected chair of the MARC Board of Directors on Jan. 24. She replaces Curt Skoog, a member of the Overland Park city council, who served as board chair for the past two years. Other officers elected at the meeting include:
  • 1st Vice Chair — Commissioner Rob Roberts, Miami County, Kansas
  • 2nd Vice Chair — Commissioner Jimmy Odom, Cass County, Missouri
  • Treasurer — Commissioner Harold Johnson, Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas
  • Secretary — Mayor Randy Rhoads, Lee’s Summit, Missouri
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Johnson County student honored as “9-1-1 Hero”

On Tuesday, Jan 24, the Mid-America Regional Council’s Public Safety Communications Program and the Johnson County Emergency Communications Center honored 11-year-old Ava Hawn for demonstrating the proper use of 9-1-1 in an emergency. Josh Lynch, operations manager for Johnson County Emergency Management and Communications, presented the award to Ava at a special ceremony at Leawood Middle School in Leawood, Kansas. On two occasions in November 2016, the Leawood student took decisive action and called 9-1-1 when her father became ill after receiving medical treatment. On both occasions, Ava clearly and calmly described the situation to Operations Supervisor Nicki Lantz. Ava repeated her father’s address and she explained that he was ill. Read more»

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