Located in the middle of the country and straddling the border between Kansas and Missouri, Kansas City is in the heart of what’s known as “flyover country.” To those who inhabit the coasts, it may come as a surprise that Kansas City, Mo., is a Midwest metropolis whose entrepreneurial scene includes many flourishing tech companies. Although not as populous as Chicago or St. Louis, it has the marks of a larger city: an NFL team, the Kansas City Chiefs; the 2015 World Series–winning Kansas City Royals; a nationally recognized art museum; and a music culture centered around jazz, which has a rich history in the city.
It has been a center of industry since the 1800s, spawning companies with a national presence: Hallmark Cards, H&R Block, American Century Investments and Cerner, a booming healthcare IT firm, all call KC home. It is also a center of wealth management. Financial Advisor included three Kansas City–area financial firms among the top 20 RIAs in the country in 2015. Combined, they manage around $34 billion. That wealth reflects Kansas City’s business appeal, and is in turn a part of what makes K.C. such a compelling city.
Diversity is at the core of Kansas City’s success. “If you consider the makeup of the Kansas City economy, it truly is a reflection of the U.S. economy,” says Tim Cowden, president of the Kansas City Area Development Council. “In that diversity lies strength.”
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