Kansas lags behind Missouri in latest job creation numbers. The Bureau of Labor Statistic’s July jobs report shows that Kansas added 2,100 nonfarm jobs from June to July, and 6,900 jobs for 2014. The numbers prompted scrutiny from critics of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cutting strategy, who noted that Missouri, which hasn’t enacted such massive tax cuts, added 13,200 nonfarm jobs from June to July and 32,400 jobs in 2014. Missouri’s job growth in 2014 has been 1.2 percent. In Kansas, the 2014 growth rate is .5 percent. [New jobs report show Brownback’s tax-cut promises still failing — Kansas City Star]
Bank gets extension at Roeland Park property. Commerce Bank told the Roeland Park City Council Monday night that it is still waiting on the reports of a traffic study and needs another six-month extension on its deadline for development of the three-acre property at the northwest corner of Roel and Johnson Drive. The bank is hoping that the study might make it workable to allow turns onto northbound Roe, an issue which it says has stopped several potential partners from locating on the site. Natural Grocers and Starbucks are two companies that looked at the site, but have chosen to build in Mission recently.
Roeland Park gets grant for R Park. A grant from the Sunflower Foundation of Kansas will help finance the development of R Park in Roeland Park, including a new walking trail. The amount of the grant is unknown currently but is expected to pay half of the development costs for the trail, trees and signage, if the full amount of the application is received. The total costs are $37,000. The city will match the grant for trees and signage and a citizens fundraising initiative will match funds for trail construction. Citizens have already raised more than $11,000 to date and still have a major fundraising event on Oct. 11.