The Week Ahead: Great Plains-Westar votes, Fed events, Roots N Blues

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

Monday

Great Plains Energy, the parent company of Kansas City Power & Light, and Westar Energy, the Topeka, Kan.-based utility, are scheduled to hold shareholder votes on Great Plains’ proposed $8.6 billion acquisition of Westar.

Presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will take the stage for the first of three presidential debates. This one will be broadcast from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. NBC is teaming with AltspaceVR to broadcast the debate in virtual reality, TechCrunch reports.

The U.S. Census Bureau will report new home sales for August. The housing market has been a bright spot for the American economy in 2016, but forecasters expect a slow August, Bloomberg reports.

Tuesday

The Innovation By Design Summit, an event hosted by the Maritz Institute to fuel corporate innovation, kicks off in St. Louis. The two-day conference is highlighted by a Q&A with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Companies set to report earnings include Cintas and Nike.

Wednesday

James Bullard, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and Esther George, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, will deliver speeches as part of two-day bank conferences. Bullard will speak at the Community Banking in the 21st Century conference in St. Louis. George will address attendees at Banking and the Economy: A Forum for Minority Bankers.

Ferrellgas Partners, the Overland Park, Kan.-based propane delivery company, is scheduled to report quarterly earnings and hold a conference call.

Other companies set to report earnings include BlackBerry and Pier 1 Imports.

The Missouri Gaming Commission will meet in Jefferson City. It’s the first gathering of the state’s governing body for gambling since Creve Coeur-based gaming company Isle of Capri announced its planned $1.7 billion sale to Nevada-based Eldorado Resorts.

Thursday

The Commerce Department will release its third estimate of the country’s gross domestic product for the second quarter. The figure is expected to come in at plus 1.3 percent, up from the second estimate of 1.1 percent, Bloomberg reports.

The five startups of the Lean Lab’s third cohort will deliver pitches and product demos at the Launch[ED] Day event in Kansas City, and two of the teams will walk away with $25,000 in seed funding. The event runs from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Sprint Accelerator.

Companies set to report earnings include Accenture, ConAgra Foods, Costco and PepsiCo.

Friday

The Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival returns to Columbia for its 10th year. Headliners for the three-day music festival include the Avett Brothers, Grace Potter and Jason Isbell. The event is expected to provide a boost to participating local restaurants.

Saturday

Jefferson City will host its 16th Multicultural Fall Festival, bringing together a variety of vendors from across mid-Missouri. The event features food, beverage, arts, crafts and entertainment.


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