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Forbes Recognizes Local Kansas City Companies in Annual Rankings

Kansas City is coming in strong on the annual Forbes list of the top 500 companies to work for in the country with six local companies making the cut. The top ranking company in the metro area is Olathe-based Garmin, boasting a spot at number 37. With over $10 billion in sales last year, the navigation leader employs 11,600 people in the area. The other five metro companies making the cut are engineering firm Black & Veatch of Overland Park sliding in at 92nd, Hallmark Cards ranking at 151st, engineering giant Burns & McDonnell of Kansas City taking the 184th spot, Cerner of North Kansas City ranking 283rd, and Dairy Farmers of America of Kansas City, Kan., barely making the list at 484th.

In partnership with market research company Statista, Forbes asked employees to anonymously rate how they like working at their company and how likely they would be to recommend employment at their place of business to others. The rankings were formulated on the answers of over 30,000 American employees working for companies larger than 1,000 people.

The only other Kansas company to make the list is Wichita-based Spirit Aero Systems of Wichita, which came in ranked at 472. Seven employers on the other side of Missouri state border also have bragging rights for their top 500 ranking. In a separate ranking, Forbes recognized the best companies for diversity, with Kansas City-based Hallmark Cards earning a spot at number 22 on the list. Also receiving honors for that category is Leawood’s AMC Entertainment notching a spot at 124th, Kansas City’s H&R Block locking up the 200th place, and Lockton Companies claiming the 222nd spot.

Wichita, Kansas Sets an Example For Others to Follow

With many cities around the USA reeling from unpleasant confrontations between police and Black Lives Matter protesters, the residents of Wichita, Kansas in the Midwest set an example for many well-heeled urban areas to follow. In Wichita on Sunday night, police and demonstrators decided to chat with one another during a community picnic. The friendly event enhanced communications.

A crowd of nearly 1,000 showed up at the City’s McAdams Park. The lure of free food appealed to many people. Those in attendance included youngsters and senior citizens.

Both on-duty and off-duty law enforcement officers showed up for the event. Many businesses donated food, so everyone at the Park could munch on hamburgers and hot dogs as they discussed current issues of interest to the community.

Police Chief Gordon Ramsey told the gathering that treating people with respect and dignity starts at the local level. The “First Step Cookout” received generally favorable reviews.

Although a total of 400 people sent RSVPs to attend the gathering, estimates of twice as many in the crowd indicated a big turnout.

Wichita has recently set other precedents in law enforcement also. For instance, it ranks among the few urban areas which utilize police body cameras 100% of the time when police officers patrol local streets. The city expended several million dollars to embrace the new technology as a way of documenting law enforcement conduct more accurately. Some members of the public expressed appreciation for the interest on the part of officers in obtaining greater accountability.