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Tech Companies Set Sights on KC

by Michael Small | Jun 27, 2014

Tech companies, like all businesses, require a supportive community in which to grow and succeed. However, unlike some industries, tech companies also require an innovative culture, dripping with creativity and a deep pool of qualified talent. With its creative legacy, high quality of life and tech-savvy workforce, Kansas City is an ideal fit for the tech industry. Consider two of the most recent recognitions for KC’s growing tech and entrepreneurial scene:

KC Tops the List of High-Tech Cities to Call Home
PC Magazine ranked Kansas City as the No. 1 high-tech city you’ll want to call home. As the original Google “Fiberhood” and current home to entrepreneurial spaces including KC Startup Village, KC is a technology hub. PC Magazine, May 2014

KC Makes List of Hot Startup Hubs
SpareFoot’s list of America’s Six Fastest-Growing On-the-Rise Startup Hubs ranks Kansas City as No.5. To be considered for the list the location must be among the top 20 metro areas for venture capital activity and post on-year population growth of at least one percent from 2012 to 2013.  SpareFoot, April 2014

With this growing recognition as the premier Midwest hub for technology, tech companies across the nation are setting their sights on the region. To elevate KC’s tech scene, KCnext – the Technology Council of Greater Kansas City, an initiative of KCADC – serves as the technology voice for the region. Here are two recent examples of how Kansas City continues to attract tech companies:

  • MindMixer, an Omaha-based company specializing in hosting interactive online sites for companies, governments and others that want to present information and receive feedback from consumers and clients, announced in April that Kansas City will be the site of its national headquarters. The company will create 85 jobs in information-technology, software and programming fields. MindMixer’s co-founder and CEO, Nick Bowden, shared why the company chose to establish its national headquarters in KC with The Kansas City Star:

“We’re a proud Midwestern company, but in order to sustain growth we needed to be in a location with a skilled workforce that meets the needs of our high-tech business. That’s where Kansas City comes in. This community already has an abundance of experienced workers, and the talent pool only seems to be getting bigger.”

Existing KC tech companies were also pleased to hear the news of MindMixer selecting the region. Kevin McGinnis, vice president of Pinsight Media+ and the Sprint Corp. developer program, said, “Recent announcements, like MindMixer’s, are evidence of a strong pool of tech talent that exists in Kansas City and is growing all the time.”

  • Cisco Systems, Inc. selected Kansas City as its next “smart city.” A pilot program that uses an array of network capabilities to address a variety of challenges in Kansas City’s downtown. “Smart city” will include testing of smart lighting, interactive digital kiosks, high-definition security video and other high-tech solutions.

Like many Kansas Citians, I was elated by the news. As I shared with the Kansas City Business Journal, Cisco Systems’ move to KC sets an ideal stage for future economic development. That’s something everyone in KC should appreciate.

To learn more about KCnext and the various roles we play in supporting technology companies, contact me at Weber@kcnext.com.

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