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Membership Breakfast – MARC Presentation

Join us at the South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s upcoming Membership Breakfast for an insightful session on the economic forecast of the Kansas City metro area, with a focus on employment growth. Our distinguished speaker, Frank Lenk from the Mid American Regional Council, will provide valuable insights backed by data on total workers brought to KC and specific industry measurements.

Frank will delve into the details of job creation in Kansas City, offering a comprehensive overview of the current employment landscape. Frank’s presentation promises to be both informative and engaging.



Dr. Lenk is Director of Research Services for the Mid-America Regional Council, where he has worked for the past 44 years. MARC is the Kansas City area’s metropolitan planning organization, and the Research Services department is responsible for collecting, managing and analyzing the data needed to support regional planning and problem-solving initiatives.

Dr. Lenk specializes in using a variety of technical tools to help understand social and economic issues. He prepares long- and short-range economic and demographic forecasts, estimates the economic impact of major public investments, oversees the development of maps and other data visualizations to uncover the meaning in the data, and develops metrics to measure Greater Kansas City’s social and economic progress. He has authored or co-authored numerous reports on the Kansas City area economy, including the workforce needs of the region’s Global Design industry, the skilled trades, the tech sector and the public sector.

A life-long resident of the Kansas City area, Dr. Lenk graduated from Shawnee Mission East High School in 1973 and earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Economics from Stanford University in 1978 and 1979 respectively. He obtained his interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Economics and Social Sciences from UMKC in 2015, where his dissertation analyzed the underpinnings of institutional racism.

Cost is $25 for Members and $35 for Non-Members

South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
1300 E 94th St, KCMO, MO 64131
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Feb 29, 2024 08:00am CT – Feb 29, 2024 09:30am CT

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