We had the opportunity to attend a lunch with Mayor Sly James this week. The subject of the discussion for the mayor was what it takes to pilot this position, and review civic highlights from the past twelve months. We were fortunate to gain a deeper understanding of current initiatives our city has undertaken, as well as the Mayor’s vision for the future. Mayor Sly James highlighted his passion for educating the youth of Kansas City, especially through literacy. His main point on the subject was that through studies of the city there is a major correlation between crime rates and literacy rates. It’s nice to be able to sit in with the leader of your city and hear them speak openly about their passions and gain confidence in their leadership.