Kansas City’s core missed recovery, another study says

People and jobs started moving back into central cities as the country emerged from the recession, though Kansas City’s urban core and suburbs weren’t part of that trend, according to data compiled by the research organization City Observatory. The figures stop in 2011, though, and downtown has made strides in the past year.


Furniture Mall of Kansas has about 100 job openings in Olathe

The company, which is remodeling the former Benchmark Home Furnishings building at Interstate 35 and 119th Street, plans to hold career fairs on three Saturdays — Feb. 28, March 7 and March 14. The three events, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., will be held at the Olathe location of Bass Pro Shops, which is near the furniture store complex.


Cerner offers voluntary separation packages

Cerner employees whose combination of years of service and age total 65 have been offered the packages. Cerner said the one-time offer reflects the “deep bench of complementary talent” because of the Siemens Health Services acquisition and doesn’t affect Cerner’s continued hiring or growth plans.


Controversial workplace lessons demonstrate how to thwart an armed intruder

In schools, hospitals and other workplaces, training is driving home lessons, some of them controversial, on how not to become an armed intruder’s sitting duck. The strategies for survival have different names: Escape, evade, engage. Get out, hide out, take out. Flee, fade, fight. But the idea is the same: Provide options, and the safest one may not be crouching in the dark.

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