President & CEO
Kansas City Area Development Council
Tim Cowden leads the strategic direction and vision for the Kansas City Area Development Council from day-to-day operations to KCADC investor and client relationships. The KCADC team drives new corporate attraction in partnership with economic development leadership across the 18-county, two state Kansas City region. Tim has more than 25 years of experience in economic development, including senior positions in Texas, Utah, and Kansas City. He has been with KCADC since 1998.
Cowden and his team successfully work with a variety of industries including advanced energy, manufacturing, distribution, transportation, technology and animal, bio and life sciences. He has aided large corporations in expanding or relocating into the Kansas City area, including Netsmart Technologies, Mars Chocolate North America, Kimberly-Clark, Lowe’s, FedEx Ground, Wal-Mart, Farmers Insurance, Sara Lee, Apria Healthcare, Aviation Technical Services, mySidewalk, Sedgwick, Sungevity and Excel Industries .
Previous to his work for the KCADC, Cowden held senior economic development positions in Texas and Utah. Aside from economic development, Cowden worked in the private sector in commercial real estate and business management.
He graduated with a B.A. degree from the University of Oklahoma. Tim is married to Monique and they have four children: Sarah, Joe, Anna, and Jack. About the Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC)
As a regional economic development council, the KCADC represents two states, 18 counties and more than 50 communities. Since its inception in 1976, the KCADC and its partners directly assisted more than 500 companies and organizations relocate or expand into the Kansas City region. As a result, these companies have created more than 50,000 direct and indirect jobs for the Kansas City area.