Past Issues

Building KC


The place to be: Johnson County uses unique incentives to draw small businesses

For years, downtowns were the cool place to be. Companies moved their offices to attract urban-minded millennials.

Development continues in Kansas City’s downtown, but Johnson County hasn’t conceded. In fact, growth is strong in its office market.

In the fourth quarter of 2018, 61 percent of multitenant buildings under construction were in Johnson County, accounting for 383,797 square feet, according to a report from global commercial real estate firm CBRE. (more…)

Hy-Vee Arena becomes a new kind of showplace

Woody Carter’s business is scheduling events in the newly renovated and rebranded Hy-Vee Arena.

Business is brisk.

“For 2019, we have six weekend days where there’s nothing on the books yet,” Carter, the arena’s events and sales manager, said Nov. 7. “We’re doing well, getting large tournaments. It’s a wonderful, multi-use space.” (more…)

Kansas City stands out as logistics hub for reasons beyond its geography

Chris Gutierrez, president of KC SmartPort, is still surprised that in the last five to six years, over 25 million square feet of product and distribution building has been built on a speculative basis, meaning there was no tenant signed on at the outset of construction.

“Developers and real estate teams are building these, hoping they get a client or tenant — and a majority of those have been filled. So the demand has been right behind it,” said Gutierrez. (more…)

Filling needs, planting seeds: Grocery expected to spur development in downtown KCK

In another sign of budding urban development, a grocery soon will sprout where a parking lot now sits in the historic Strawberry Hill neighborhood of downtown Kansas City, Kan.

The Merc Co+op plans to open a $6 million, 12,000- to 14,000-square-foot grocery at the southwest corner of Fifth Street and Minnesota Avenue by early 2020. Currently, there is no full-service grocery in the vicinity. (more…)

More Than Second Chances: KC Companies Affect Change for Current and Former Inmates

The U.S. criminal system held nearly 2.3 million individuals in prisons, correctional facilities, detention centers and local jails in March 2018, according to the prison policy initiative, a nonprofit, non-partisan research organization.

As of 2016, Kansas held 18,000 people in prison, while Missouri held 50,000; and of that combined 68,000, 61 percent were in state prisons.

The statics are astounding, but so are the efforts to increase workforce programs to assist returning citizens (individuals formerly incarcerated) and ultimately curb recidivism. (more…)

Big Projects Build Up Small Business

Development is booming in Kansas City. Big projects currently under way include construction of a new downtown convention center hotel, redevelopment of Kemper Arena in the West Bottoms and construction of a single-terminal facility at Kansas City International Airport. (more…)

Small Businesses Give North Kansas City Unique Flair: ‘Northtown is Definitely Becoming a Destination’

North Kansas City, Mo., covers less than five square miles on the metro map, but roughly 900 businesses operate within its modest boundaries. More than 25,000 workers—more than five times the number of residents—come here daily, and a growing number of consumers are flocking to the city’s breweries, restaurants, shops and unique entertainment options. (more…)


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