Economy

Enhancing the performance of the metropolitan economy and expanding inclusive economic opportunity

Choosing how we grow to ensure inclusive opportunity

The Kansas City region offers many of its residents a high quality of life, good jobs in diverse industries and an economy that attracts and retains talent. However, not all residents have access to good or promising jobs, and many are challenged with health or other issues. The Mid-America Regional Council works to support building a region that provides quality early education for all young children, a stronger workforce system, partnerships to increase the supply of affordable housing, and support for vulnerable families and older adults through nutrition incentives and Area Agency on Aging services.

The region faces choices on how it will grow to ensure the area remains a choice location for businesses, workers and investments so residents can compete and prosper, generating lasting opportunities for all. 

MARC supports dialogue and collaborations to make Greater Kansas City a stronger community. We provide data, resources, insight and analysis to inform economic strategies and plans. We also bring together elected leaders, stakeholders and community members to take initiatives to the next level of impact — becoming a more resilient, prosperous region that makes data-driven decisions to adapt to and act on emerging opportunities. 

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Regional Housing Partnership

Plentiful and affordable housing is critical to the Kansas City region because it impacts access to jobs and education, economic development, and our quality of life. Together with local leaders and stakeholders, MARC and the Regional Housing Partnership are working to identify a collaborative path forward that addresses regional housing challenges and possible solutions.

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Workforce Data, Reports and Maps

Data, reports and maps about workforce development system supply, demand and resources help local elected officials, workforce development boards and employers fill their workforce needs. It also improves access to jobs, training, and career pathways for residents and increases cost efficiency and relevancy for workforce development programs.