The Week Ahead: Smart City Summit, March jobs report, MLB Opening Day

Here’s a look at some of the stories Missouri Business Alert is tracking this week:


The Bureau of Economic Analysis is scheduled to report personal incomes and outlays for February. The year-over-year growth of the figure is expected to approach 1.7 percent, Bloomberg reports, putting price growth near The Fed’s target inflation rate of 2 percent.

The Census Bureau is expected to deliver its monthly report on international trade in goods.


The Missouri Legislature reconvenes, bringing and end to its spring break, which started March 17. Lawmakers have seven weeks until the legislative session ends on May 13.

Mayor Sly James will deliver Kansas City’s annual State of the City Address. The speech comes just a week before an April 5 vote over the fate of the city’s 1 percent earnings tax.


The Smart City Tech Summit is set to take place in Kansas City, bringing together a variety of local and national tech experts and government and law enforcement officials to discuss the role smart technology can play in public safety. The conference begins with a reception Tuesday night and wraps up with related events Thursday morning.


Bloomberg plans to report its Consumer Comfort Index. The figure offers a glimpse of how a random sampling of American adults rates the national economy, their personal finances and the buying climate.


The Labor Department releases its monthly Employment Situation Summary. Employers added 242,000 jobs in February as the national unemployment rate remained at an eight-year low of 4.9 percent. Nonfarm payrolls are expected to continue their solid trend with growth of 210,000 jobs for March, Bloomberg reports.

Motor vehicle sales will be reported. After a solid start to the year, another strong report is expected for March, with about 17.6 million sales projected, Bloomberg reports.


Major League Baseball swings back into action with a trio of games — two of which feature Missouri teams. In one, the defending World Series champion Kansas City Royals host the New York Mets, marking the first time in history the previous year’s World Series teams have faced off to open a season. The defending National League Central champion St. Louis Cardinals also play, hosting their division rivals the Pittsburgh Pirates.


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