The City of Kansas City, Mo., Aviation Department announced today that St. Louis-based Missouri Partnership, the state?s non-profit business attraction and marketing organization, has opened a Kansas City, Mo. office, in the Ambassador Building at KCI located at 12200 NW Ambassador Street near Kansas City International Airport. The new office will help support the increased economic development needs of the western part of the state.
In 2007, the Aviation Department acquired the Ambassador Building at KCI (formerly the world headquarters of Farmland Industries), which offers 260,000 square feet of Class A office space located on a 23-acre campus adjacent to KCI Airport.
?Our new office allows us not only to continue serving companies interested in locating in Missouri, but also to collaborate that much more closely with our partnering organizations in the western half of the state,? said Christopher Chung, CEO of the Missouri Partnership. ?Our expanded presence reinforces the fact that Missouri is open for business, and will put more muscle behind our business development efforts in general.?
The Missouri Partnership is jointly supported by the Missouri Department of Economic Development and the non-profit Hawthorn Foundation. The Hawthorn Foundation consists of corporations and business leaders committed to the state?s long-term economic growth. Through private contributions by these firms and individuals, the Missouri Partnership has been able to launch innovative marketing programs and attract new jobs and capital investment to the state since its inception in 2007.
Bringing the Missouri Partnership on board as a tenant is in synch with the Aviation Department?s economic development approach for KCI Airport that incorporates a mix of aeronautical and non-aeronautical tenants and development. KCI contributes $5.5 billion to the area economy annually and provides more than 60,000 jobs. With help from the Missouri partnership and other economic development agencies the Aviation Department strives to increase these figures.
?Several years ago the Aviation Department embarked on an ambitious plan to spur development at KCI Airport to attract greater numbers of well-paying jobs to the area,? said Mark VanLoh, director of the Aviation Department. ?Having our associates from the Missouri Partnership on-site will help us be more successful in our joint commitment to getting Kansas Citians back to work.?
Recent economic development activities at KCI include Jet Midwest?s consolidation of its multiple U.S. locations, Smith Electric Vehicles U.S. Corp. establishing an all-electric truck assembly plant, launching of the 800-acre KCI Intermodal BusinessCentre, Frontier Airlines? forming a maintenance base, Nordic Windpower moving its headquarters and wind turbine assembly plant, and Blount International moving its headquarters and building a new 350,000 square foot manufacturing facility.
The Missouri Partnership is a public-private, non-profit corporation with the principal mission of recruiting new business investment to the state. Through collaborative efforts with state and local partners, the Missouri Partnership works to attract new companies by marketing the state?s business advantages. For more information, please visit missouripartnership.com
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