Prosperity at a Crossroads — Targeting Drivers of Economic Growth in Greater Kansas City
Report by Metroplitan Policy Program at Brookings, Mid-America Regional Council
The Mid-America Regional Council (Kansas City)
Several years ago, a number of business, civic and community leaders raised the need for a more informed discussion about the economic future of Greater Kansas City. This included the desire for more sound research and rigorous analysis that can help residents and decision-makers alike better understand the economic performance of the region and begin a discussion about the future direction of the region’s economy. This report demonstrates the value of such an approach. It contains four key findings.
- Greater Kansas City, like other U.S. metropolitan areas, is confronting global and political forces that require renewed attention on the core drivers of economic growth and prosperity.
- Overall, Greater Kansas City’s economy has held steady, but there are troubling indicators in the region’s productivity and competitiveness.
- While Greater Kansas City exhibits strengths in the key drivers of growth and productivity, the region’s overall economic engine is not fueling high performance.
- Greater Kansas City’s leaders now face an important opportunity to more strategically bolster its drivers of economic growth so the region can compete and prosper, generating lasting opportunity for all.