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The Kansas City Region – a creative crossroads for thriving businesses

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The Kansas City region – A creative crossroads for thriving businesses


Criss-crossed by four major interstates and four Class I rail lines, the five-county Kansas City region offers direct connections to some of the fastest-growing markets in America.  Cerner, Hallmark and H&R Block call this area home, with more companies joining in the mix all the time. Kansas City and its suburbs are particularly strong in advanced manufacturing, energy, data and bio. Companies in the area represent 75 percent of worldwide sales of animal health products.

Businesses considering a KC location are often surprised by its vibrant quality of life.  Downtown and midtown entertainment and shopping districts contribute to the workday dynamic for many.   Jazz and barbeque round out the picture, making the region a Midwest tourist hub.  

Kansas City and its suburbs share the wealth – and value - of a Missouri location

  • Low business costs and taxes
  • A large, high-value work force
  • A low cost of living
  • A strong transportation network
    • Interstates 70, 29, 35 and 49, and US highways 40, 50 and 69
    • Class I rail via KCS, NS, BNSF, CP and UP
    • Kansas City International Airport
    • Missouri River access

Major Cities

Kansas City (Pop: 467,007)
Independence (117,240)
Lee’s Summit (93,184)
Blue Springs (53,294)
Liberty (30,096)
Gladstone (26,157)
Raytown (29,510)
Grandview (25,307)

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2013





Businesses and industry

The region's major employers include:

Kansas City profile

Educational attainment:

High School Diploma  218,254
Some College 183,370
Associate's Degree 53,099
Bachelor's Degree 134,818
Graduate Degree 76,673
Total Degrees 666,214

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Population 2014 1,135,499
Population Projection 2030 1,290,760
Civilian Labor Force (July 2015)  625,635
Employment (July 2015)  588,089
Unemployment (July 2015)  38,546
Unemployment Rate (July 2015)  6.20%

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Recent investment projects

In just one year, the Kansas City region announced expansions worth over $180 million, adding over 3,700 new jobs.  

Companies include:

  • Netelligent - 30 new jobs
  • TriWest Healthcare Alliance - adding 500 jobs at new Health Care Administrative Service Center
  • U.S. Farathane - new manufacturing facility creating 267 jobs
  • Ford - adding over 900 jobs at Kansas City plant 
  • Federal Reserve Bank - adding 200 IT positions
  • Really Good Stuff - 44 jobs at new fulfillment center
  • Data Systems International -  50 new jobs
  • Littler - 275 jobs at new Global Services Center
  • Leggett & Platt Commercial Vehicle Products - 50 new jobs
  • The Nerdery - adding 100 jobs
  • Sungevity - creating 595 jobs
  • Boulevard Brewing Co. - $12 million expansion
  • Alphapointe Association for the Blind - 60 new jobs
  • XPO Logistics - creating 125 new jobs
  • Neovia Logistics - 63 new jobs
  • Custom Truck & Equipment - headquarters expansion


Next steps

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Saint Louis, MO 63105

12200 NW Ambassador Drive, Suite 205
Kansas City, MO 64163