Gov. Jay Nixon today visited the Sprint Accelerator to highlight the growing technology sectors of both Kansas City and the state of MissouriThe Governor announced that LaunchCode, a nationally-recognized program that helps close the tech talent gap, will receive an additional $250,000 from the Missouri Technology Corporation to expand its operations in the Crossroads. Gov. Nixon was also joined by Praful Saklani, founder and CEO of Pramata, a tech firm based in San Francisco, to announce Pramata’s decision to open a Midwest office and create 15 jobs in the district.
Kansas City offers a unique combination of a skilled talent pool along with a central location,” Saklani said. “It’s the ideal place to anchor our U.S. expansion and a fantastic base from which to serve our customers. We’re looking forward to being a member of and contributor to the local community.”
Pramata is the Customer Relationship Intelligence™ company, offering solutions that help large B2B (business to business) companies retain and grow their most complex, and most valuable, customer relationships. With customers throughout North America, its new Kansas City office will provide sales support and administrative functions for its offices located on both coasts.
To assist with Pramata’s expansion, Missouri has offered a strategic economic incentive package that the company can receive if it meets certain job creation criteria. The Missouri Partnership, the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, and the Kansas City Area Development Council also assisted the company with its expansion.
Home to one of the first Google fiber projects in the nation, Kansas City’s tech scene continues to attract businesses of all sizes. Over the years, it has been ranked as one of the top cities for women in tech (seedrankings.com), Best places for Tech Jobs (Nerd Wallet), and was recently named one of Business Insider’s top 10 fastest growing cities for startups. For the second year in a row, this September, Kansas City is set to host Techweek, the nation’s leading technology conference and festival that gathers industry heavyweights and emerging tech voices to showcase local innovations.