The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce has made Growing Kansas City’s Medical Research, From Discovery to Cure one of its Big 5 Ideas for the metro. We’ve been tracking what that actually means on this program with chamber and civic leaders over the last several months. This week, we perhaps put the most human face on the issue as we show you how patients from as far away as New Zealand are now heading to Kansas City to take advantage of some of the cutting edge research and clinical trials now going on in our own backyard. Producer Rich Miller takes us inside KU Med’s Clinical Research Center in Fairway, Kansas for a closer look.
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There’s a lot of attention being paid right now, both locally and nationally, to building our economy through technology…Startup America for example. And with the arrival of Google Fiber, it’s been a particularly hot topic in Kansas City lately.
While tech companies have been popping up all across the metro, there’s a noticeable cluster developing in the vicinity of Downtown and the Crossroads. We take you inside three tech startups, to show you more of what “the scene” looks like these days.
Another indication of just how much is going in with Kansas City’s tech scene. Last week, the first “startup” crawl event was held…shuttling the curious to a number of startups in the Crossroads and beyond.
When he first got elected to office , President Obama set an ambitious goal of putting one million electric vehicles on the road by 2015. That has been a tough sell with many American consumers. Currently, there are just 75,000 electric cars on our nation’s streets and according to a recent Kansas City Star report there are fewer than 100 plug in electric cars and trucks in our area.
But that does not mean the metro isn’t preparing itself for an electric vehicle revolution. While many of us were at holiday parties at the end of year, you might have missed a new study from the Metropolitan Energy Center showing Kansas City beefing up its electric vehicle infrastructure.
We take a closer look as part of our joint reporting project on sustainability issues with broadcast students at Johnson County Community College.
From Leawood to Lee’s Summit, visit the EV plug-in map to find out where you can stop in and charge up.
Many of us, even if it was when we were just a kid, dreamt of inventing something that would make us rich and famous.
We may even have tinkered in our basements or garages on building a prototype that we were just so sure, that if was discovered by the right person, could be the next best thing.
That would describe our first guests on this week’s Local Show. They are Kansas City brothers Brian and Kevin Fleming who have spent their lives messing with consumer inventions with limited success. But just recently, they got their shot at taking their invention national on the primetime ABC entrepreneurial reality show Shark Tank.
Forget the bus or hailing the cab. There’s a new way to zip around
town. UMKC and Rockhurst University are taking part in a new car sharing program known as Zipcars. Designed for students, but available for anyone in the community, Zipcars let you rent a car for just seven bucks an hour, gas and insurance included.
The company, which started in 2000 at Harvard and MIT, has grown to
include 250 colleges and universities in 16 big cities. Until now,
the closest it came to KC was Chicago. Nick Haines talks to Bob
Simmons who is heading up the Zipcar program on the UMKC campus.