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DH Pace Company Expands Kansas HQ Facility

The company is investing approximately $3 million in the facility expansion project that will create space to accommodate an additional 150 employees.

State Focus – Kansas: The Sunflower State Is Blooming and Booming

Known as the Sunflower State, Kansas boasts a highly skilled workforce, outstanding infrastructure, low operating costs and a location in the heart of America.

January/February 2016 Issue (Volume 49, Number 1)

The State of the Year and Deal of the Year awards are the focus of Business Facilities January/February 2016 issue, plus an Automotive Industry Focus.

Silicon Prairie

Droves of high-tech startups are putting down roots in the Great Plains.

Location Spotlight Of The Week: Joplin Regional Partnership

Joplin Regional Partnership, representing seven counties in SW Missouri, SE Kansas and NE Oklahoma, works to ensure the success of business locations. The region has a quality labor force, available buildings and sites and an efficient transportation network.

Dassault Systemes, Wichita State University Partner On Advanced Manufacturing Center

Wichita State University's National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) and Dassault Systemes will partner on an advanced manufacturing center on the Innovation Campus.

USA800 To Create More Than 300 Jobs In Kansas

USA800, a multi-channel support call center, is opening a new facility in Lawrence, KS. The company plans to create 333 new jobs at the facility and invest more than $3.5 million.

Public or Private?

Should transparency and economic development be synonymous? The debate continues.

Metro Spotlight: Overland Park, Kansas

Companies Continued to Choose Overland Park in ‘07
Overland Park is gaining approximately 40 new information technology-related jobs thanks to Software Engineering Services (SES), which announced in August 2007 that it will open a regional office in Building 51 of the Corporate Woods business park. SES, a 15-year old technology solutions company based in Omaha, NE, specializes in public-sector clients including the Department of Defense, state agencies, and local governments across the country. The Overland Park office will focus on private-sector clients, which include numerous Fortune 200 companies. In September 2007, Allied National, one of the nation’s oldest and most respected administrators of small employer benefit plans, announced plans to put its headquarters in Overland Park. The company is bringing a $4.9 million payroll to the city with 98 employees earning an average salary of $50,000. By 2010, Allied National plans to add 10 employees with an average salary of $56,666, bringing its payroll to almost $5.5 million.

BRAINPOWER Without Breaking the Bank

Overland Park, KS—part of the Kansas City, KS/MO metropolitan area—is a suburb of superlatives. The city has invented itself as a magnet for telecommunications, pharmaceutical/biotechnology, and financial services companies. Given that these industries are driven by employee brainpower, it’s hardly surprising that Overland Park also has the highest percentage of high school graduates in the United States (97% among those 25 and older) and three of the highest ranked school districts in the country. Despite having such a desirable workforce composition, Overland Park is not expensive for companies. The average home price in the area is only $238,172, for example, and Overland Park’s property tax mill levy is 18% lower than any major community in the region.

Business Parks in the City

Much of Overland Park’s 22.4 million square feet of office space is located throughout its many business parks. Strategically located around the city, each business park is uniquely designed to cater to businesses of all sizes. Major existing office parks in Overland Park include Corporate Woods (2.3 million square feet); Southcreek (1.2 million square feet); Executive Hills (1.7 million square feet); Lighton Development (893,555 square feet); Foxhill Office Park (629,580 square feet); and Bryan Office Park (854,337 square feet). Overland Park has the potential to offer more than 24 million square feet of commercial office space.

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