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KC Region’s Economic Development Effort Ranks First in the Nation

by Angela Orr | Nov 14, 2014

At its 2014 Annual Luncheon today, the Kansas City Area Development Council announced that it has been ranked the number one “Best in Class” regional economic development organization in the U.S., according to the 2014 Winning Strategies report.

Every three years Development Counselors International (DCI) releases its Winning Strategies report on the status of the economic development profession, a survey of site location consultants and corporate executives across the U.S. Survey respondents are asked to blindly list their top three choices for “Best in Class” regional and state-level economic development organizations. The top organizations are ranked based on the frequency they are named.

In the past two surveys the Kansas City Area Development Council has ranked third “Best in Class” regional economic development group, and tied for the No. 1 spot.

“This year KCADC took the top spot, surpassing all other organizations by a decent margin.” said Bob Marcusse, president and CEO of KCADC, “I could not be more proud of our team and our regional partners for going above and beyond expectations this year.  When teamed with our state partners of Kansas and Missouri, both of whom also were ranked in the top five state economic development groups, Kansas City benefits from collaboration with effective partners.”

KCADC’s regional recruitment partners at the Kansas Department of Commerce and Missouri Partnership ranked in a three-way tie for fifth “Best in Class” state-level economic development organizations with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

DCI’s 2014 Winning Strategies report collected feedback from 356 corporate executives and location advisors, the greatest response to date. The report assembles the perceptions business executives’ throughout the nation on the most effective economic development marketing techniques and strategies. Read the full report here.

About the Kansas City Area Development Council
The Kansas City Area Development Council is a private, nonprofit organization charged with representing the economic interests of the entire two-state, 18-county region of Greater Kansas City. Its mission is to brand the KC region as one product to stimulate economic growth and enhance awareness of the metro’s assets to create positive perceptions. 

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