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  • The City’s Budget Takes More Steps in the Right Direction
    Posted February 12, 2015

    As any homeowner or business owner knows, the hardest part is the money. Whether a factory worker with a family, a single-mom struggling to make ends meet, a corporate executive with hundreds of employees or an entrepreneur with a great … Read More »

  • An Open Letter to America from Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Sly James
    Posted October 21, 2014

    Dear America, I have been struck over the past several days at how much you have embraced Kansas City and our World Series-bound Royals.  Last week, I traveled to the White House to discuss early childhood education and everywhere I … Read More »

  • Raising Expectations Means Raising Stronger Leaders
    Posted September 16, 2014

      One of my favorite things about being Mayor is having the opportunity to help increase the academic achievement of students all across this City.  That means visiting schools from south of the river to north of the river and … Read More »

  • Bragging Big
    Posted July 29, 2014

    It seems as if Democrats and Republicans agree on very few points these days.  I could pen a blog post entirely on that fact alone, but that is not what this is. Tomorrow, President Obama is visiting our region for … Read More »

  • Summer of Opportunities
    Posted June 17, 2014

    It definitely feels like summer out there today, with temperatures reaching the 90s.  There are a few constants during summertime in Kansas City- flowing fountains, packed parks, and the boys in blue immediately come to mind.  I’m working hard with … Read More »

  • Hit the brakes and get the facts
    Posted May 6, 2014

    The buzz around town over the past couple of weeks has been the supposed and manufactured controversy over Lyft’s entry into the Kansas City market.  Many have demanded to know, “how can the City oppose such an entrepreneurial concept when … Read More »

  • FROM THE KANSAS CITY STAR: We need new laws to stop gun violence in Kansas City
    Posted March 25, 2014

    BY DARRYL FORTÉ AND SLY JAMES We often are asked what we’re doing to combat violent crime, and why we seem to have more than other cities of similar size. We think that is a fair question and want to … Read More »

  • Countdown to The State of the City Address
    Posted March 19, 2014

    Kansas City Mayor Sly James will fulfill the annual duty designated by the City of Kansas City, Missouri Charter to “deliver on an annual basis an address reporting upon the State of the City and making recommendations on goals for … Read More »

  • Reflecting on Dr. King’s legacy during Black History Month
    Posted February 11, 2014

    Back in the fall, just 24 hours before the 50 year anniversary of the March on Washington, I was in Washington, DC to meet with the President. There were 18 Mayors who had a seat around the table with him. … Read More »

  • It’s Time to Put Progress Ahead of Politics
    Posted January 28, 2014

    People ask me what I love about being mayor of Kansas City. The answer is that I enjoy seeing the real impact of the decisions we make in City Hall. I have the opportunity to work with a strong group of people … Read More »