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Kansas City, Kansas' Schlitterbahn Waterpark May Have Found Its Next Owner

Jun 13, 2019
Kansas City Business Journal

Schlitterbahn’s days in Kansas City could be numbered.

Cedar Fair LP, the Ohio-based theme and water park operator that owns Worlds of Fun, announced early Thursday morning that it had reached a deal with Schlitterbahn to buy two of its Texas parks — in New Braunfels and Galveston — for $261 million, with an option to acquire its Kansas City, Kan., location for an additional $6 million.

Kansas City's American Jazz Museum Names An Interim Executive Director

May 15, 2019
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Kansas City's American Jazz Museum is building momentum for a rebirth, the Kansas City Business Journal reports.

Kansas City Symphony Hires New Executive Director

Mar 19, 2019
Randall Baughn

The Kansas City Symphony wrapped up its seven-month national search for a new executive director and hired Daniel Beckley, the Kansas City Business Journal reports.

Beckley most recently was vice president and general manager of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Beckley succeeds Frank Byrne, who's retiring this year after a 19-year tenure.

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Sprint Corp. has an agreement to sell its Overland Park headquarters campus to a Wichita company, the Kansas City Business Journal reports.

Sprint announced Friday morning that it has an agreement to sell the massive property to Occidental Management. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Sprint CEO Michel Combes told employees in an email that he expects the deal to close "in the coming months."

Cerner Corp.

Cliff Illig, Cerner Corp. co-founder and vice chairman, has retired from the Kansas City-based health IT company to focus on outside interests, according to a news release.

Illig notified the board and the company on Monday, and the announcement takes effect Tuesday, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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A petition asking Kansas City voters to limit property tax abatements has been certified by the City Clerk’s office and had a first read before the City Council on Thursday, the Kansas City Business Journal reports.

The clerk's office certified 2,321 valid signatures on a petition sponsored by the Coalition for Kansas City Economic Development Reform. That well exceeds the 1,708 signatures required to force a vote.

KC Bier Co.

KC Bier Co. was the only brewery in Kansas City to win a medal at the 2018 World Beer Cup, and now it's releasing that beer for sale in bottles, the Kansas City Business Journal reports.

Burns and McDonnell

Segment 1: How to analyze political ads.

As midterm election campaigns start to hit their stride, voters in Kansas and Missouri are sure to be inundated with any number of political advertisements. As a public service (and at the request of a listener named Mary Anne) we spoke with trusted, professional fact-checkers about what to keep an eye out for when attempting to separate the fact from conjecture.

Burns and McDonnell

Saying it will hire around 1,200 employees this year, Burns & McDonnell announced that it is beginning work on a $42 million expansion of its Kansas City headquarters campus, the Kansas City Business Journal reports.

Forbes Ranks Kansas City's Hallmark As No. 3 Employer For Women

Jul 26, 2018
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Forbes has named Hallmark Cards Inc. one of the top places to work for women, the Kansas City Business Journal reports.

With help from market research company Statista, Forbes compiled its first list of "America's Best Employers for Women."

The rankings were determined by a survey of 40,000 Americans, including 25,000 women, who work for businesses with at least 1,000 employees.

University of Missouri-Kansas City

The University of Missouri-Kansas City has taken a new step toward building a conservatory after a previous plan was halted last year, according to the Kansas City Business Journal.

Kansas City Business Journal

Kansas City's long-vacant Luzier Cosmetics Building may soon have a new tenant: The Nelle, an urban social club for women.

Although a lease hasn't yet been signed, Nelle co-founder Sierra Miramontez said she and her business partner, Lauren Saks, have been in talks with the building's owner and developer Butch Rigby since last year. They plan to occupy about 15,000 square feet inside 3216 Gillham Plaza and open in the fall or early 2019.

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A nondescript building in the Kansas City area is home to something that many in the art world can't believe exists in a Midwest city, according to the man tasked with selling it, according to the Kansas City Business Journal.

Original 18th-century engravings by William Hogarth. Photos by pioneering photographer Weegee. Millions of photographs, plates, line drawings and ephemera, such as posters, broadsides and tickets. And it's all on the market at the fire-sale price of $15 million.

Smallcakes

Kansas City will be the first to get a taste of a new concept from Smallcakes founder Jeff Martin: Southern Charm Gelato.

A trip to Italy less than two years ago inspired the idea, the founder of Overland Park-based franchising company Sweet Brands told the Kansas City Business Journal.

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As Andrews McMeel Universal looks to the future of comic strips, it's working to attract a new generation of talent and reimagine what comics could be, the Kansas City Business Journal reports.

Part of the Kansas City-based company's vision involves tapping into short-form animated videos, and it's kicking off that initiative with a GoComics Short Shorts Animation Contest open to the U.S. and Canada.

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Sprint Corp. will cut 500 jobs from its Overland Park headquarters in the coming weeks, the Kansas City Business Journal Reports.