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2016 Workforce and Education Summit

The seventh annual Greater Kansas City Workforce and Education Summit, held on Dec. 2, 2016, offered strategies to reinforce connections between business and education in order to strengthen the region’s human capital — a key driver of the regional economy. More than 125 representatives from colleges, universities, school districts, businesses, local governments, economic development agencies and other organizations attended.Two new reports were also released at the summit: the 2016 Education Asset Inventory for Greater Kansas City, and a Common Sector Competencies blueprint.

Making Census Data Easy to Use

Census Reporter is a Knight News Challenge-funded project to make it easier for users to write stories using information from the U.S. Census bureau. Place profiles and comparison pages provide a friendly interface for navigating data, including visualizations for a more useful first look. 

Download datasets from GIS

MARC staff maintain many GIS datasets describing boundaries, resources, and features in the Kansas City Region. The MARC GIS program provides data free to the public in order to increase regional awareness on shared issues, to provide a public service, and to assist local governments and planning agencies with their own maps, analyses and decision-making processes.

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Prosperity at a Crossroads years ago, a number of business, civic and community leaders raised the need for a more informed discussion about the economic future of Greater Kansas City. This included the desire for more sound research and rigorous analysis that can help residents and decision-makers alike better understand the economic performance of the region and begin a discussion about the future direction of the region’s economy. This report demonstrates the value of such an approach»

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