Jill McCarthy

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

KC Location Advantages

Abundant Real Estate

More than 25 million square feet of spec industrial development was built in KC since 2012. There is also more Foreign Trade Zone space available in KC than any other major market in the U.S. Explore available real estate.

Select Incentives

All Personal Property Tax on machinery and equipment is exempt from taxation in Kansas. Additionally, Missouri communities have discretionary programs developed to reduce or eliminate property tax on machinery and equipment. Review more information about incentives.

Education and Training

Manufacturing industry leaders, education and training providers, and the public workforce system are working together to assess critical hiring needs and the core competencies necessary to fill open positions. This is creating leading-edge education and training programs specifically designed to meet industry’s most pressing needs. For more information visit the Education/Training Overview page.

Pipeline of Preparation

There is an unprecedented commitment (both public and private) to expand education programs in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. This includes education and training programs at all levels—from elementary to post-secondary.

A 21st Century Workforce

The Kansas City region is focused on designing career and technical initiatives to help attract and train young people in advanced manufacturing.

Worker Productivity

Manufacturing workers in Kansas City are 14.5% more productive than the national average, as measured by JobsEQ in 2020 for output per worker.

Location Matters

Distance to Regional Cities

Distance to Regional Cities


KC is the heart of a rail corridor spanning coast-to-coast across the U.S. and extending from Canada to Mexico (NAFTA Railway) and is the largest rail center in the United States by tonnage.



KC is located at the intersection of four of the nation’s major interstate highways (I-35, I-70, I-29, I-49) and is the #3 truck center in the U.S.



KC is home to the Kansas City International Airport, which moves more air cargo each year than any air center in a six-state region



KC is located on the largest navigable inland waterway (MO/MS River system)


Foreign Trade Zones

KC is business friendly with a Foreign Trade Zone program that can activate space in under 45 days and has more available space than any other U.S. city.

For more information contact:

jill_color_0730_webJILL MCCARTHY
Senior Vice President, Corporate Attraction | KCADC

m: 816.591.1834
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chris-gutierrez_color_webCHRIS GUTIERREZ
President | KC SmartPort

m: 816.591.7311
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elli-bowen_color_webELLI BOWEN
Vice President | KC SmartPort

m: 816.579.3370
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