Private sector jobs go missing in downtown KC, despite billions worth of renovations in recent years

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The multi-billion dollar makeover of the greater downtown Kansas City area over the past decade was intended in part to draw businesses, but census figures show the area has lost nearly 20 percent of its private employees in that period.

The Kansas City Star reports that U.S. Census data from 2001 to 2011 show that greater downtown lost 19.6 percent of its private employees, which is 16,237 fewer private jobs.

That decade covers the period from shortly before the downtown redevelopment boom began to just after the major redevelopment projects, like Kansas City Power and Light District, were completed.

Bill Dietrich, president and CEO of the Downtown Council, says he believes it would have been worse if the city hadn't reinvested so heavily in downtown over the last decade.

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