Morning Minutes: KCUMB breaks ground in Joplin, unions rally in Jefferson City

Here are today’s top business headlines from across Missouri:

KCUMB breaks ground at new Joplin campus

Leaders from Joplin and Kansas City showed up Wednesday to turn dirt at the site of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences’s new Joplin campus for osteopathic medicine. Work renovating the former Mercy Hospital Joplin building — erected in 2012 following the 2011 tornado’s destruction of the hospital’s main building— will begin next week and could be completed as soon as April 2017. Read more

SparkLabKC targets sustainable funding, won’t seed startups this year

Hundreds of union workers from across the state joined Gov. Jay Nixon and other top Democratic officials on Wednesday in Jefferson City to rally against a bill that would require annual permission for union dues and fees to come out of public employees’ paychecks. Read more

Federal agency decision to bring clarity to north St. Louis development

Friday is expected to mark an inflection point for a distressed swath of north St. Louis. With the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency planning to reveal the destination of its new western headquarters, the neighborhood could see an influx of thousands of federal jobs, or it could be left with Paul McKee’s stalled redevelopment plan. Read more

Boeing cuts costs, could eliminate up to 8,000 jobs in 2016

Cuts in Boeing Co.’s commercial airplane division could reach 8,000 jobs in 2016, moves that would save the company about $1 billion as it competes for sales with European rival Airbus, according to an internal company document.. Read more

SparkLabKC targets sustainable funding, won’t seed startups this year

SparkLabKC, a Kansas City startup accelerator, will take a year off from funding startups this spring in favor of securing money for its own operations over the next three years. Read more

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