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More People And Money In Kansas City


A new Drilldown Study by UMKC's Cookingham Institute of Urban Affairs shows that Kansas City's population, and buying power are significantly higher than estimates from the census suggest. UMKC Professor Robyne Turner directed the research, which could affect federal funding and economic development throughout Kansas City.

A DrillDown Study is a new way to measure population and household income. The methodology was developed by a non-profit organization called Social Compact, which has conducted similar studies in 15 other cities. Turner told KCUR's Susan Wilson that the study was designed to solve the problems of the US Census.

Hear about Robyne Turner's personal project to shop exclusively in Kansas City Missouri's third district, called the Viable Third.

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A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Susan admits that her “first love” was radio, being an avid listener since childhood. However, she spent much of her career in mental health, healthcare administration, and sports psychology (Susan holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Bloch School of Business at UMKC.) In the meantime, Wilson satisfied her journalistic cravings by doing public speaking, providing “expert” interviews for local television, and being a guest commentator/contributor to KPRS’s morning drive time show and the teen talk show “Generation Rap.”
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