Planning Group Exec: KC Must Grow as Region, Not Separate Cities

The president of the American Planning Association, Mitchell Silver, projected the major job growth will be concentrated in 11 “mega-regions” by 2050. Kansas City and other metros in the middle of the country weren’t among them.The closest mega-regions were called the Great Lakes centered on Chicago, the Front Range anchored by Denver, and the Texas Triangle encompassing Dallas, Austin and Houston.

Kansas City also didn’t make a list of promising metros that Silver divided into three categories: international hubs; creative and nimble; and comeback kids. The antidote for a greater Kansas City suggested by Silver is something we’ve all heard before.“The future of the country is the metropolitan economy,” he said. “You must compete as a region, not Kansas City, Missouri or Kansas.

“People will pass you over and you’ll just trade jobs.”

Sounded as if he was familiar with the absurd, incentive-driven border war that’s shifted more than 4,000 jobs back and forth within the metro the past three years.

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