Reardon to speak at Women’s Chamber event April 26

Former Mayor Joe Reardon is scheduled to speak at the Kansas City, Kansas, Women’s Chamber of Commerce meeting on Friday, April 26, at the Great Wolf Lodge, 10401 Cabela Drive, Kansas City, Kansas.

Reardon, who is the CEO of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, will speak on “Pre-K Today for a Better KCK,” the importance of investing in early childhood learning.

The luncheon meeting will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26.

This is a meeting that had been rescheduled from a previous date.

Advance registration is requested by April 19. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers.

For more information about the event and registration, visit http://kckwomenschamber.org/events/.

KCKCC to hold ‘Get Hired – Kansas City’ Career Expo

by Kelly Rogge, KCKCC

Looking for a job? Want to change careers? Then mark your calendars for Kansas City Kansas Community College’s 2019 “Get Hired-Kansas City” Career Expo.

The expo is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the Jack Reardon Convention Center, 520 Minnesota Ave. in Kansas City, Kansas.

The event is free and open to the public with special services for veterans. Over the last several years, a high number of those who were interviewed at the career expo were hired on the spot.

This year, more than 90 employers will be present.

The Get Hired Kansas City Career Expo is a joint effort with U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, KCKCC President Greg Mosier and Unified Government Mayor-CEO David Alvey.

“This expo offers more than top tiered employers with open positions, we additionally have computers onsite to assist with your resumes, we have partnered with area resource providers to make sure you have interview appropriate clothing before meeting the employers, we are offering services to help those needing additional assistance keep the jobs they obtain and so much more,” said Dr. Alicia Hooks, director of the Entrepreneurship, Workforce and Career Center. “We are joining the congresswoman, the mayor and area resource providers because the community deserves our collaborative efforts.”

New this year is the location. The Career Expo is moving downtown to increase accessibility for all community members.

“We are situated to be easily accessible for area Kansans as well as Missourians and welcome everyone,” Hooks said. “This is such a pivotal point where not only employers are showing up in massive numbers with open positions, but innovations are allowing for the addition of many new and exciting careers. At the expo, we will have people onsite to help demonstrate some of those new innovations.”

Staff will be available to assist applicants with creating and printing resumes, completing online or paper applications and career assessments.

Some of the employers include –
• Airstreams Renewables, Inc.
• Allied Universal
• Arvest Bank
• Associated Wholesale Grocers
• BAC Local 15 Apprenticeship and Training Fund
• Barrier Companies
• Barts Electric
• Bearing Headquarters
• Berry Global
• Best Choice Home Health
• BNSF Railroad
• Brookdale Overland Park
• Care Haven Homes
• College Works Painting
• Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City
• Copart, Inc.
• DC 3 JATF
• Economic Opportunity Foundation
• Emerald Healthcare, a subsidiary of Ensign Group Inc.
• Faith Technologies
• Fastenal
• Flowers Baking Co. of Lenexa
• Foley Equipment Company
• Freightquote / C.H. Robinson
• Fry-Wagner
• Garmin International
• Good Samaritan Society
• Great Wolf Lodge
• Greater Kansas City Laborer’s Training Center
• Heartland Coca-Cola
• Henke Manufacturing
• Hollywood Casino
• Ingersoll Rand
• Johnson County Sheriff’s Office
• Kansas Army National Guard
• Kansas City, Kansas Police Department
• Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools
• Kansas City Marriott Downtown
• Kansas City Public Library
• Kansas City VA
• Kansas State University Global Campus
• KC Electrical JATC’
• KC Board of Public Utilities
• Keller Fire & Safety, Inc.
• KidsTLC
• Kocher + Beck USA, L.P.
• Labconco
• Labormax staffing
• Lansing Correctional Facility
• Leavenworth Sheriff’s Office
• Millipore Sigma
• Mosaic
• New York Life
• North Kansas City Hospital
• Oasis Pools & Spas
• Olathe Public Schools
• Operative Plasterers’
• Cement Masons’ Apprenticeship Local #518
• Overland Park Police Department
• PAE
• Pipefitters Local 533
• Providence Medical Center
• ResCare Kansas City
• Roofers Local #20
• Shor-Line
• Speedway Chrysler Dodge Jeep
• Sprint Center
• SPX Cooling Technologies
• Swope Health Services
• Teamsters Local 541
• TransAm Trucking, Inc.
• Unified Government of WyCo/KCK
• University of Kansas Health System
• University of Saint Mary
• US Air Force
• Westin & Sheraton Hotel @ Crown Center
• Wyandot, Inc.
• YRC Freight

The career expo’s resource partners include Workforce Partnership, KCK Housing Authority, Made Men, J.E. Dunn, Connections to Success, The Yellow Brick, Greenbush, Catholic Charities and NBC Community Development.

For more information on the Get Hired Kansas City Career Expo, call 913-288-7880.

Drop in sales tax revenues reported in KCK

Kansas City, Kansas, has experienced a drop in sales tax revenues recently, according to Unified Government officials.

Sales tax revenues came in at 91.9 percent of the amount budgeted for the fourth quarter of 2018, according to Kathleen VonAchen, the UG’s chief financial officer. She included the information in her April 1 quarterly budget report at the Economic Development and Finance Committee meeting.

Sales tax revenues for the fourth quarter were $42.6 million, as compared to the amended budget estimate of $46.4 million, a difference of about $3.74 million, according to UG figures.

For the fourth quarter, the UG revenues for sales tax were about double that of property tax, as the county and city now derive more of their income from sales taxes than in years before The Legends Outlets was built. The property tax for the fourth quarter came in about 1.2 percent over the estimates.

UG Commissioner Ann Brandau Murguia asked for more information about the reasons for the sales tax revenue difference.

“My sales tax estimate included a 6 percent increase, and that was probably overly optimistic,” VonAchen said at the meeting. “It’s a combination of my sales tax estimate being overly optimistic and the economy declining quicker than I anticipated.”

Some of that effect on sales taxes at The Legends Outlets may have been because there were renovations going on at some of the Legends locations, she said. Some of the properties were not open and not collecting sales taxes during that transition, she added.

When actual fourth quarter sales taxes in 2018 were compared to actual fourth quarter sales taxes collected in 2017, there was a decrease of $2.78 million, according to UG figures.

Commissioner Tom Burroughs said he believed that renovations and transitions at The Legends Outlets may have caused the reduction in sales tax. He said he also would like to see more information about it. The shopping center has more than 100 stores and restaurants.

New stores added within the last year to the Legends Outlets have included Torrid, Michael Kors, Rack Room Shoes, the Dapper Doughnut, El Toro Loco Mexican Bar and Grill, Journeys and HomeGoods.

In a more recent sales tax figure, March 2019 sales tax distributions in Wyandotte County were 14.4 percent less than March 2018 figures, according to a Kansas Department of Revenue sales tax distribution report. According to that report, $1.968 million was collected in March 2018 in Wyandotte County as compared to $1.685 million in March 2019.

Nearby Johnson County experienced an 8.5 percent drop in its sales tax during the month of March 2019, Shawnee County was down 6.8 percent, Douglas County was down 7.7 percent, Sedgwick County was down 4.6 percent, and Leavenworth County was down 6.7 percent.

March was characterized by some extreme weather in snow and rain, with some school closing days during the month.

Possibly affecting retail totals in areas other than The Legends, a Kmart store at 78th and State Avenue closed in late January 2019.

The three-month period of January through March saw only a .4 percent drop in Wyandotte County sales tax distributions from 2019 to 2018, according to figures on the KDOR website.