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  • 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 »

  • 2014: Will we go big or go home?
    Posted January 14, 2014

    Lots of good things have happened to and in our city in the last 2 ½ years. We are quickly re-asserting ourselves as one of America’s premiere cities.  We have experienced a string of successes with Google Fiber, streetcar, Major … Read More »

  • Reflecting on community, giving & compassion this holiday season
    Posted December 11, 2013

    Kansas City is a beautiful place to call home.  Beautiful boulevards, parks and neighborhoods are present in every area of the City – North, South, East, and West.  These assets maintain their beauty throughout every season of the year, even … Read More »

  • Local Profile: The Kansas City Ballet II
    Posted November 26, 2013

    Devon Carney hasn’t been in Kansas City long, but he didn’t need a lot of time to realize this is the place to be.  As the brand new Artistic Director for the Kansas City Ballet, he is settling in and … Read More »

  • Improvise, Adapt & Overcome: An honest discussion about education reform.
    Posted November 5, 2013

    I am the mayor of a city with 14 school districts and I have jurisdiction over none of them. If you think I’m looking to change that, you’re wrong.  I’ve been down that road. I’m a Marine and one thing I … Read More »