http://www.kansascity.com/news/business ... a7245120-1
Pretty good Star article on KC's challenges to becoming a tech 'hub'. I don't think KC can become a notable one until UMKC and/or KU become research universities, but KC has built enough momentum where tech is a major category employer for KC and per cap is higher than many other cities. KC's raw sci/tech/telcom/eng and related services employment is higher than Portland, STL, Austin and others - though Austin has very close ties to Silicon Valley. Per cap employment wise, KC's sci/tech/telcom employment is 11% of total employment, Minneapolis and STL are about 8%, Denver is 12%. Although this is partly happening because most other industries aren't growing in KC as well as others.
So even if KC isn't ever _recognized_ for its tech/telcom presence, that doesn't change the fact it's becoming relatively higher portion of KC economy than other cities. Would help if KC gets to point of being recognized but it doesn't matter if it keeps growing anyway. Sprint's turn around might boost the telcom side back as well (eventually). Cerner is just kicking into gear. There are more startups than ever.
Drawing more venture capital seems to be happening often now, which while not on par with research universities, it has a good direction. Being between 2 perceived 'backwards red states' may make it harder to draw creative types, but Austin and NC have managed to. Need a major research university though.
Hype might be KC's best tool. Keeping the Google Fiber angle in the news is something to continue as it seems to be helping boost venture capital and is highly unlikely Cisco's downtown project would've happened w/out Google presence. It also helps that AT&T is putting Gigabit rollout on hold.
Employment by industry (click Information or Pro Biz Service and then Sci/Tech services)...http://data.bls.gov/pdq/querytool.jsp?survey=sm