Kansas City’s Economic Competitiveness Falls Behind Peers

Kansas City will play host to a week full of entrepreneur-focused events in late June. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons
Kansas City has struggled since the Great Recession to generate more economic output relative to its peer cities, per a Brookings report. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

The Kansas City area has fallen behind in growth and competitiveness compared to its peer cities, and it needs concerted focus to improve, according to a report by the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings and the Mid-America Regional Council.

Kansas City’s regional economy has struggled since the Great Recession to generate more economic output relative to national standards. That resulted in weaker job and wage growth, particularly in the last two years, researchers found. On the plus side, the report complimented the region for strong, involved civic and business leaders.

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