Economy & Housing

Building a competitve and inclusive regional economy with affordable housing options

Choosing how we grow to ensure inclusive opportunity

The Kansas City region offers many of its residents a high quality of life, good jobs in diverse industries and an economy that attracts and retains talent. However, not all residents have access to good or promising jobs, and many are challenged with health or other issues. The Mid-America Regional Council works to support building a region that provides quality early education for all young children, a stronger workforce system, partnerships to increase the supply of affordable housing, and support for vulnerable families and older adults through nutrition incentives and Area Agency on Aging services.

The region faces choices on how it will grow to ensure the area remains a choice location for businesses, workers and investments so residents can compete and prosper, generating lasting opportunities for all. 

MARC supports dialogue and collaborations to make Greater Kansas City a stronger community. We provide data, resources, insight and analysis to inform economic strategies and plans. We also bring together elected leaders, stakeholders and community members to take initiatives to the next level of impact — becoming a more resilient, prosperous region that makes data-driven decisions to adapt to and act on emerging opportunities. 


PRO Housing Application

MARC is pursuing funding from the Pathways to Removing Obstacles to Housing (PRO Housing) program through the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Public comments are now open for the grant application. 

Statue in front of Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City

Monthly Workforce Indicators

The Monthly Workforce Indicators offer a look at the regional workforce including both seasonally adjusted employment and unemployment, employment by industry and the region’s employment growth ranking against 10 peer metros.