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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
The Mayor’s Challenge Cabinet: Making Kansas City Best
Posted October 23, 2013
The inaugural Mayor’s Challenge Cabinet is about to wrap its first six months. And, this group of passionate, dedicated, civic do-gooders is focused on one key goal: Make Kansas City best. It’s lofty. We know. So where do we start? Our 30-member cabinet has pinpointed four key areas: Engagement – Let’s … Read More
From the City’s Chief Innovation Officer: Bright Ideas for KC Neighborhoods
Posted October 8, 2013
It’s officially October and the first annual Ideas Fair is right around the corner. We received over forty submissions in response to our call for projects for this inaugural event, representing diverse local initiatives that are sure to inspire neighborhood … Read More
Putting Our Best Foot Forward
Posted August 20, 2013
Last week, I went to Boston in an effort to bring the Republican National Convention to KC. Now some of you are scratching your heads; wondering why on Earth I would make such a trip? The answer is simple. Kansas … Read More
From the Mayor’s Office of Civic & Community Engagement: Bright Future interns make an impact
Posted August 8, 2013
When Rachel Sweet accepted an internship through the Bright Future Employment Program – managed by the Mayor’s Office of Civic & Community Engagement – she knew the experience would have a tremendous impact on her and her fellow interns. What … Read More
Local Profile: The Missouri Chapter of The Barbershop Harmony Society
Posted July 31, 2013
Each month we feature a profile of a local business, group, event or person. If you would like to submit an idea for local profile features, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. On June 18, members of the Missouri Chapter of the Barbershop … Read More
How Do We Turn The Page?
Posted July 15, 2013
I grew up in a two bedroom bungalow at 44th and Montgall, one block east of Prospect Avenue, on the east side of town. I shared a small bedroom in that house with my two younger brothers, and by the time … Read More
You asked. I’m answering: What are we doing about gun violence in KC?
Posted June 27, 2013
“Bang!” You’re dead! It happens just that quickly. It comes at you without warning. Sometimes you aren’t even the target. You may be innocent of any wrong- a child in a home or on a bike. You could be guilty … Read More
Tweeting Our Way to The Top
Posted June 12, 2013
LOCAL PROFILE: The Social Media Club of Kansas City Last week I was invited to breakfast with the Social Media Club of Kansas City (SMCKC). The group was formed in 2008 as a way to bring cohesive communication about Kansas … Read More
“Yesterday”- The Beatles
Posted June 5, 2013
2338 The day is over! I am sitting on the deck listening to some tunes (“One” U2 and “Real Love” Mary J. Blige) and looking out over downtown Kansas City. The Marriott is lit up in random patterns of green … Read More