Welcome to the official blog of Kansas City Mayor Sly James. Here you will find comments from Mayor Sly James. If you would like to share a thought with the Mayor on anything written here, please click here.

  • Opening Day!
    Posted April 13, 2012

    It’s Opening Day and Kansas City is on deck. When the final out was recorded at last year’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Phoenix, the torch was officially passed to Kansas City for this year’s Midsummer Classic. When it … Read More »

  • KC budget passes 12-1
    Posted March 29, 2012

    Today, the Kansas City Council voted to pass the City’s 2012-2013 budget by a vote of 12-1. After months of public hearings and committee meetings the $1.3 billion budget will fund municipal operations for the upcoming fiscal year. Passage fulfills … Read More »

  • 2012 State of the City
    Posted March 19, 2012

    As delivered by Kansas City Mayor Sly James: It is my pleasure and honor to fulfill a duty assigned by the Kansas City Charter. An honor that 53 men and one woman have performed in their role as Mayor of … Read More »

  • 2012 State of the City Address
    Posted March 8, 2012

    You’re invited! We have a great deal to be excited about Kansas City! As we welcome our friends to town for the Big 12 tournament, it is easy to see what a vibrant and energetic city we have become. Even … Read More »

  • Rebuilding our core
    Posted February 29, 2012

    I believe that we have two key missions as a city government: to keep the residents who call us home happy, and convince more people they should move here. With downtown making a comeback, it is far past time to … Read More »

  • Budget Recommendations
    Posted February 9, 2012

    The City’s budget has been the topic of discussion among many of us in recent weeks.  It’s that time of year. Last month, City Manager Schulte presented his recommendations for a preliminary budget and today it was my turn to … Read More »

  • Trip to Washington, D.C.
    Posted January 9, 2012

    The first day of work in 2012 began with an early morning flight to Washington, D.C. to conduct a series of face-to-face meetings with members of the President’s Cabinet. Kansas City has been fortunate to have friends in the White … Read More »

  • Holiday musings of a new mayor
    Posted December 23, 2011

    Yesterday morning, I had the pleasure and fun of stepping away from the debate about the governance of the school district, the politics of division and the fact that I still haven’t done a single bit of Christmas shopping. I … Read More »

  • Be Proud Kansas City!
    Posted December 16, 2011

    This week, we passed several ordinances that inked agreements for new investments in Kansas City. Since this City Council and I took office in May, we have added thousands of new jobs to our city. With the new Polsinelli Shughart … Read More »

  • School District Public Meetings
    Posted December 13, 2011

    Over the past few weeks, several proposals to improve the academic future of the students of the Kansas City School District (KCMSD) have been suggested. After weeks of conversation and consultation with community representatives, I sent Missouri’s Commissioner of Education … Read More »