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Top City for Tech and Entrepreneurship
KC ranks alongside Silicon Valley as a top tech city in the U.S., with access to talent, capital investment and opportunity for growth were all factors in determining the top cities. 
Cushman & Wakefield, June 2017

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Best Cities for Jobs
KC ranks No. 3 in Best Cities for Jobs by Glassdoor. Rankings were based on number of job openings, job satisfaction, median base salary and median home value. 
Glassdoor, September 2017

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Jill McCarthy

Senior Executive | Corporate Attraction
816.374.5636
With more than 25 years of experience, Jill leads the business development team.

KC Location Advantages

Abundant Workforce

KC is a strong market for talent, employing nearly 80,000 in financial services which is 141% more concentrated than the national average. Additionally, in the past 10 years, the population of highly educated individuals in KC has grown at a rate three times higher than the overall population.

Network Infrastructure

KC is the most connected region in the U.S. With over 5.5 million miles of fiber deployed, businesses and residents maintain a robust connectivity anywhere.

Location

KC’s central location in the U.S. excels at providing customer service opportunities to both coasts. Air travel is also easier, with more than 48 nonstop North American and European destinations from Kansas City International Airport. Learn more about how KC is leading from the middle.

Workforce Pipeline

KC has a depth of talent in financial services, with more than 32 regional colleges and universities offering bachelor’s degrees or higher in Finance, Financial Management and Accounting—3,775 degrees awarded annually. For more information visit the Education/Training Overview page.

Operating Environment

Some of the most recognizable names in financial services call KC home including American Century Investments, Commerce Bancshares, DST Systems, Federal Reserve Bank of the United States, H&R Block, Inc., Internal Revenue Service, Lockton Companies, National Association of Insurance Commissioners, State Street, UMB Financial and Waddell & Reed. The common thread connecting each of these companies in KC has been the excellent value each derived from a talented and deep workforce along with diverse operating environments. Explore other financial services companies with an existing presence in KC.

 

Digital Connectivity

Accessible

KC is the most connected region in the United States. With over 5.5 million miles of fiber deployed, businesses and residents maintain a robust connectivity anywhere in our 8,472 square miles.

Innovative

KC is where Amazon Web Services is leveraging this innovative and connected environment to build out its first AWS Smart Region in partnership with Xaqt, one of the startups that began its story in the KC Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.

Inclusive

KC is among the national leaders of the Digital Inclusion community. Our cities hosted the first national conference on the topic, and programs born in KC are now being replicated across the country. KC recognizes that no region can truly be “smart” unless its residents, despite zip code, race, age, income, or educational level, are able to reap the benefits of fiber connectivity and IoT.

Data Driven

KC is collaborative with many regional data sharing initiatives metro-wide focusing on infrastructure, human services, public safety, information technology and development. Though the metro shares two states, multiple countries and dozens of cities, KC connects their communications network regardless of jurisdiction—a rarity in many metro areas.

Secure

KC is asset rich with a large cybersecurity workforce and presence including one of the nation’s top fusion centers – the Kansas Intelligence Fusion Center, the "Intellectual Center of the Army” - Fort Leavenworth’s U.S. Army's Combined Arms Center and the FBI-Kansas City Division who investigates counterintelligence and cybercrime. 

>97% of homes in the metro area can access fiber at their home 

38,700 Fiber Route Mileage - most in the U.S. 

1st Gigabit Region in the nation thanks to Google Fiber 


Kansas City Latency to Major Markets

Currently KC has digital partnerships with Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Google Fiber, Sprint and Unite Private Networks. The accessibility to the internet exchange point at 1102 Grand—one of seven carrier hotels in the United States—along with all network carriers ensures minimal data latency and immediate access to corporate entities and customers around the world.

Latency Map

For more information contact:

Jill-BusDevContactJILL McCARTHY
Senior Executive | Corporate Attraction
816.374.5636


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