Kansas City Economy Lacks Leadership

Our favorite Substack author offers a bit of wisdom and a complaint that's commonplace amongst the biz class: This town has no vision. 

Caution . . . The scribe has a penchant for spinning in favor of Mayor Q so this might all be nothing more than a preview of a lackluster effort against Clay Chastain and anybody else who can get on the ballot but FAILS to get a few hundred thousand from the local elite.

Nevertheless . . .

Basically the dude is right and that speaks horribly of so much "Silicon Prairie" that has since gone stale from the social media tech bubble . . . Check-it . . .

"But with major federal funding, a corporate reassessment of supply chains, and major innovation occurring in the climate technology, healthcare solutions, and other emerging industries, it just feels like we are falling behind and lacking any sort of vision beyond our core legacy industries. Sputtering along when we should be taking advantage of this truly once in a century period of time.

"Kansas City’s Economic Development Agency has felt more like a tax incentive granting agency rubber stamp than one seeking to define the vision for the city. The KC Area Economic Development Corporation appears at time to be more focused on branding than business attraction and growth.

Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link . . .

Kansas City's Economic Development Strategy Appears Rudderless

Oracle/Cerner is consolidating offices all over the metro signaling additional layoffs. Not great for one of Kansas City, Missouri's biggest employers. The Sprint/T-Mobile maintained a diminished presence in Johnson County. We got Congress to bring the USDA office to KC but near half the employees refused to transfer.