Two more reports signal slower economic growth

One regional and one national survey of companies’ purchasing managers in March found a slowdown in economic activity. The Midwest dip was pronounced, but both reports still suggest growth continues. A report Tuesday based on surveys of credit managers nationally also showed a slower pace to the economy’s growth.


Interactive report on Kansas City's downtown development boom

Downtown Kansas City’s rejuvenation is now rolling into a new era, with the start of the $100 million streetcar line on Main Street and 70 projects in areas that include Crown Center, the Crossroads Arts District, the Downtown Loop and River Market. We map the changes in an interactive report.

Building activity climbs in KC area

Dodge Data & Analytics reported Thursday that $464.3 million in nonresidential and residential building contracts were issued last month in the 15-county area. That’s up from $111.3 million in Feburary 2014.

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Waddell & Reed Financial tops the rankings

The Overland Park mutual fund manager has outpaced rivals in attracting investors’ dollars by its strong performance and variety of offerings. And the Ivy Funds, which Waddell manages alongside its Waddell & Reed Funds, had a big hand in this year’s showing.

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Kansas City startup offers a social network website for athletes has launched mobile applications to provide a targeted, LinkedIn kind of social network site for athletes at the college, professional or recreational level. “We’re committed to revolutionizing the way athletes interact and connect,” said Chris Smith, founder and chief executive of Athlete Network.