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Re: OFFICIAL - Strata (H&R Block's 2nd Tower)

Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:45 pm
by atticus23
Why do people see Cerner as some magical unicorn that will put up some mythical and monumental tower downtown...?!?

Re: OFFICIAL - Strata (H&R Block's 2nd Tower)

Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:55 pm
by anonkcmo
atticus23 wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:45 pm
Why do people see Cerner as some magical unicorn that will put up some mythical and monumental tower downtown...?!?
Because magical unicorns >>>>>

1) have local KC civic pride
2) now employ and plan rapid future growth in employment
3) have lucrative billion dollar govt contracts
4) have consistent plans to build new offices and consolidate

That's the magic of unicorns!

Re: OFFICIAL - Strata (H&R Block's 2nd Tower)

Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:59 pm
by normalthings
alejandro46 wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:37 pm
anonkcmo wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 4:37 pm
erner building a new and tallest signature tower at 12th & Grand would be the single best thing that could happen to KCMO's downtown and business future.
Sprint and Cerner both building sprawling suburban campuses in KC just kinda sucks.
I have had the opportunity to ask a few of the ~top 5 Cerner execs about their choice in office location. 2 mentioned ease of commute to RURAL areas/exoburbs.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, I know a few recent hires(living in downtown) who plan on leaving because they don’t want a commute to the suburbs.

Re: OFFICIAL - Strata (H&R Block's 2nd Tower)

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:26 am
by flyingember
normalthings wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:59 pm
alejandro46 wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:37 pm
anonkcmo wrote:
Fri Feb 08, 2019 4:37 pm
erner building a new and tallest signature tower at 12th & Grand would be the single best thing that could happen to KCMO's downtown and business future.
Sprint and Cerner both building sprawling suburban campuses in KC just kinda sucks.
I have had the opportunity to ask a few of the ~top 5 Cerner execs about their choice in office location. 2 mentioned ease of commute to RURAL areas/exoburbs.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, I know a few recent hires(living in downtown) who plan on leaving because they don’t want a commute to the suburbs.
I interviewed at DFA in person once after they moved to KCK. Reminded me why I would never work at the Cerner KCK campus.

I worked on the close side of the triangle campus and wanted to get closer to home so I wouldn’t think about working there.

I drive past their N Oak building and could reach their NKC campus easily but they don’t hire for my role at either one.

Re: OFFICIAL - Strata (H&R Block's 2nd Tower)

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:56 pm
by FangKC
I remember one of the top Cerner executives being interviewed a few years back before the Bannister campus was even a thought, and I recall him saying that a strong downtown was important for their recruitment efforts from outside the city. He said that they couldn't get anyone to move here from out-of-town without a strong downtown, and that all the changes there (P&L, Sprint Center, hotels, PAC) helped them.

Some of the top leaders at Cerner were also heavily involved in the American Royal, so that might explain why some of them want to live in the rural suburbs because they keep horses and cattle.

Still, despite their need to recruit employees, the company itself has never been pro-downtown in that they ever put their money where their mouth is.