National MSM loves to identify trends in Kansas City that don't really exist.
Remember back in 2012 there was jubilation over the so-called "silicon prairie" but over time so many precious tech management jobs never really materialized.
And then in 2014 the New York Times told us: Millennials Going to Kansas City, to Live and Work
That rumor had a bit more truth to it but the impact didn't really help locals and facilitated a worsening housing shortage and inflation for this cowtown that desperately wants to garner praise from our betters in coastal cities.
Accordingly . . .
WELCOME TO THE KANSAS CITY TECH RENAISSANCE 2.0!!!
Again, remember that the first round of this hype didn't really transform the local economy, change civic life or do anything more than drive a few senior citizens out of their homes.
Accordingly . . . Here's the same type of promotion for round-two of this high-tech deluge . . .
The crown jewel of the renaissance is the $1.5 billion Kansas City International airport to open in March 2023, just in time for the NCAA Regionals that month and the NFL Draft mega-party a month later.
On Thursday, Facebook parent Meta Platforms Inc. FB, +1.02% announced plans for an $800 million data center at Golden Plains Technology Park, a 1 million-square-foot facility near the airport. A $351 million extension of the city’s street car line should be complete by 2025. An 11,000-seat, soccer-only stadium for the KC Current – the first in North America for a professional women’s team – is scheduled to open in 2024 for $70 million. There are even murmurs of a downtown ballpark for the Kansas City Royals.
Meta’s planned data center is “another example of Missouri being on the right track in attracting tech,” Republican Missouri Gov. Mike Parson told MarketWatch. “There are opportunities outside of the two coasts, and as our automobile, agriculture and animal health corridor are driven by tech, investments and business will expand.”
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link . . .
Kansas City's Golden Jubilee is about to happen. Some 50 years after the opening of its airport, as well as a sparkling football stadium-baseball park sports complex named after native son and former President Harry S. Truman, the city is ready for a long overdue makeover.