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  • A Report Card As Kids Head Back to School
    Posted August 27, 2015

    Parents around the city are no doubt celebrating as school is back in session for the year. And I suppose as much as the little ones hate to admit it, they are celebrating too. Reconnecting with friends, joining sports teams … Read More »

  • Building on the Past Means Investing for the Future
    Posted May 19, 2015

    Running a city is very much like owning a house. People want to do everything they can to make a nice home for families, kids, and grandkids. May has been a very busy month for the house and the home … Read More »

  • State of the City 2015
    Posted March 31, 2015

    On Tuesday, March 31, 2015, Mayor Sly James delivered his 4th State of the City Address at Starlight Theatre to a live crowd of over 300 people and countless viewers via a livestream by KCPT and broadcast by 90.1 FM … Read More »

  • 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 »