Kansas City gets national notice as technology player

The recent article, An Open Letter to America from Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Sly James, has it right. Kansas City is a great place to live and work. Those of us who are already here know we’re living in a hidden gem in the middle of the U.S. We have great professional sports teams (Go #Royals!), a fantastic arts community, and a vibrant, livable, friendly city in which we can raise our families. Not to mention the beauty of our more than 200 fountains found around town.

Another thing Kansas City is gaining notability for is its rapid expansion of tech-based companies. As the Kansas City Area Development Council states, KC is home to many technology-based companies, including Cerner Corporation, Garmin, Sprint, Perceptive Software, and many, many more new and growing tech companies.

A few things to note about Kansas City’s IT industry:

·         Kansas City, always known for being an entrepreneurial city, is rapidly growing in technology. In fact, the Huffington Post called KC a “Mecca for Big Technology Names,” thanks to major initiatives including Think Big Partners, which partners with the likes of Microsoft Ventures and Cisco. Think Big is a technology focused accelerator, business incubator, and a collaborative network – all rolled up into one organization – to help local tech-based businesses launch, grow and succeed.

·         Kansas City ranks second in the country for women in technology jobs: According to the Kansas City Star, a third-party SmartAsset review showed Kansas City receiving top marks for women in technology in the areas of women as a percentage of the tech workforce (KC showed strong at 33%), gender pay gap, average income, and 3-year employment growth.

·         Kansas City is emerging as a significant player in what’s being called the “Silicon Prairie.” When Google Fiber selected our humble city to be the first in the nation to have access to faster internet in 2011, it sparked the development of more technology companies. It also spawned collaborative groups and spaces like Kansas City Startup Village to support the rapid growth. Not to mention business leaders are singing the praises of Kansas City’s affordable cost of living as an added bonus for their organizations.

All of this growth has led to an incredible demand in Kansas City for talented IT workers. In our career placement work, we are seeing the results in the number of IT jobs opening up around Kansas City. To learn more about what’s available right now, check out SquadBuilders’ available IT positions.

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