Nice to see all of this happening. KC is doing a pretty good job capitalizing on the recent scores like Google Fiber, Cisco's Smart City (Internet of Things), TechWeek conference and a lot of things happening like Startup Village, attracting some startups outside KC and getting a little better attracting venture capital, etc. But is curious that the STEM employment growth rate is apparently not as high as it was before Google Fiber actually started to deliver service.
KC Metro Pro Biz Sci/Tech STEM employment (excluding telcom and medical industries, includes general engineering) over 10 years. Has slowed down a bit after Google Fiber started to deploy...
Around 80K is still abnormally high for a market KC's size, especially considering no major research universities.
Here are Pro Sci/Tech employment #'s for other markets in comparison (with + if growing or - shrinking since Aug of last year)...
Austin 91K+ (shot past KC over last couple years, though KC higher with information/telcom that isn't included)
KC's SciTech is higher % ratio of total employment than MSP, Phoenix and most larger markets.
Source: (Click on State/Metro, Pro Biz Service, Pro Sci Tech Services)....http://data.bls.gov/pdq/querytool.jsp?survey=sm