Yael T. Abouhalkah

Civic leaders’ bluster can look a little arrogant

While it’s often encouraging to see the Kansas City area’s powerful local business leaders speak out on important topics, their views sometimes are inaccurate, arrogant or not in the region’s best interests, such as when Cerner Corp. CEO Neal Patterson complained recently that the needs of the American Royal weren’t getting enough attention from Kansas City officials.

Yael T. Abouhalkah

New gloomy population forecasts add to Kansas City region’s woes

New population and job forecasts make it even clearer that this region faces big problems in developing a robust future. Attacking those challenges must be a key task for civic and political leaders. They must develop better strategies to compete with peer cities that are soundly beating this region in adding jobs, boosting wages and wooing residents of all ages.

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