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Companies moving downtown

Post by earthling » Mon Apr 03, 2017 10:03 am

Creating a general thread for biz moving downtown...

Merriam construction management firm moving HQ downtown...
http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/n ... to-kc.html

AutoAlert moving HQ from Irvine, CA...
http://kcrag.com/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=2 ... rt#p561458

Virgin Mobile recently moved HQ downtown from Jersey...
http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/n ... place.html

Absolunet recently opened ecommerce US base downtown from Montreal...
http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/b ... -base.html

Rumors that Swiss Re may move downtown from OP.

What else in the last year?

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Re: Companies moving downtown

Post by KCDowntown » Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:32 pm

An unnamed KCMO company is looking to receive EEZ tax credits to move to either 12 Wyandotte Plaza or Crown Center...

See link for more details

I'm assuming these things operate with code names - this one is called 'Project Park - as I've never heard of a company with that name.

These are the details we know about this company based on the docuemnts:
Based in KCMO
319 employees
Expects to grow to 1000 employees
Founded in 2010
Inside sales and marketing company
88% yearly employment growth
Looking for 130,000 sqft

Any ideas on who this could be?

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Re: Companies moving downtown

Post by hartliss » Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:47 pm

KCDowntown wrote:An unnamed KCMO company is looking to receive EEZ tax credits to move to either 12 Wyandotte Plaza or Crown Center...

See link for more details

I'm assuming these things operate with code names - this one is called 'Project Park - as I've never heard of a company with that name.

These are the details we know about this company based on the docuemnts:
Based in KCMO
319 employees
Expects to grow to 1000 employees
Founded in 2010
Inside sales and marketing company
88% yearly employment growth
Looking for 130,000 sqft

Any ideas on who this could be?

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Not sure, but let the investigating begin! BTW - how are finding these docs? I would imagine they are public facing but are buried on the edckc

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Re: Companies moving downtown

Post by droopy » Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:57 pm

KCDowntown wrote:An unnamed KCMO company is looking to receive EEZ tax credits to move to either 12 Wyandotte Plaza or Crown Center...

See link for more details

I'm assuming these things operate with code names - this one is called 'Project Park - as I've never heard of a company with that name.

These are the details we know about this company based on the docuemnts:
Based in KCMO
319 employees
Expects to grow to 1000 employees
Founded in 2010
Inside sales and marketing company
88% yearly employment growth
Looking for 130,000 sqft

Any ideas on who this could be?

KCDowntown
My bet would be Spring Venture Group based on the description. Moved to 2301 McGee a few years back.

From 2013 in the borderwar thread:
http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/n ... rters.html

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Re: Companies moving downtown

Post by kboish » Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:48 pm

earthling wrote:Creating a general thread for biz moving downtown...

Merriam construction management firm moving HQ downtown...
http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/n ... to-kc.html

AutoAlert moving HQ from Irvine, CA...
viewtopic.php?f=15&t=20230&p=561458&hil ... rt#p561458

Virgin Mobile recently moved HQ downtown from Jersey...
http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/n ... place.html

Absolunet recently opened ecommerce US base downtown from Montreal...
http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/b ... -base.html

Rumors that Swiss Re may move downtown from OP.

What else in the last year?
https://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/ ... ml?ana=twt

Swiss Re rumor was true. Got any more rumors for companies moving DT?

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Re: Companies moving downtown

Post by beautyfromashes » Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:01 pm

^ Does this mean I get more cred when I bring my next rumor?

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Re: Companies moving downtown

Post by kboish » Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:18 pm

beautyfromashes wrote:^ Does this mean I get more cred when I bring my next rumor?
Yes. you get 100 internet points for the day. Don't spend them all at once!

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Post by KCtoBrooklyn » Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:58 pm

earthling wrote: Merriam construction management firm moving HQ downtown...
http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/n ... to-kc.html
Well United Excel is still moving their headquarters from Merriam to KCMO, but they are now going to south KC at 435 and Holmes instead of the Crossroads. <sad horn sound>

https://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/ ... ogers.html

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Re: Companies moving downtown

Post by normalthings » Tue Apr 23, 2019 10:10 am

https://twitter.com/staubio/status/1120 ... 33441?s=21
SwissRe say their office move from OP to Downtown KC has changed how Swiss corporate leaders see their presence in the KC market. "One of the most vibrant..."

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Re: Companies moving downtown

Post by beautyfromashes » Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:15 pm

normalthings wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 10:10 am
https://twitter.com/staubio/status/1120 ... 33441?s=21
SwissRe say their office move from OP to Downtown KC has changed how Swiss corporate leaders see their presence in the KC market. "One of the most vibrant..."
I talked to someone there that said the space was modeled after their London office and that they hope this will get more foreign associates to visit and work in the space. Apparently, the space in OP always bummed traveling workers out.

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Re: Companies moving downtown

Post by brewcrew1000 » Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:06 pm

Maybe this will start a new trend in getting foreign owned companies with Regional offices in Suburban KC to start moving downtown, it could be a good marketing plan for KC

WSP (Parsons Brinkerhof) an engineering company based in Montreal recently opened a new office downtown but i don't know if its replacing the Lenexa office or if its just an additional metro area office

I'm kind of suprised Bats (now CBOE) never moved downtown, i know the traveling workers were always bummed out about going to that Lenexa office along I-35

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Re: Companies moving downtown

Post by normalthings » Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:10 pm

brewcrew1000 wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:06 pm
Maybe this will start a new trend in getting foreign owned companies with Regional offices in Suburban KC to start moving downtown, it could be a good marketing plan for KC.
National Firms like Apple, Microsoft, Piper Jaffrey, etc would also be good candidates to move downtown from the suburbs.

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Re: Companies moving downtown

Post by earthling » Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:14 pm

^Most cities have a suburban tech corridor like Corporate Woods/I435 stretch for national branch tech offices but given downtown office space is actually cheaper than that part of JoCo, you'd think more would move downtown.

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Re: Companies moving downtown

Post by earthling » Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:16 pm

From other thread...

Smart pet collar company from SF Bay Area moving to KC, aiming for 200 jobs..
https://www.kctv5.com/news/tech-company ... 6ca7d.html
“It’s such a cool city with a thriving downtown and some nightlife,” Tamayo said. “It's also much cheaper, since we're coming from San Francisco.”
KC's Animal Health corridor apparently an attraction. Starting out with a downtown Plexpod location while searching permanent office space...
https://www.startlandnews.com/2019/04/s ... nsas-city/

And another...
earthling wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:28 am
earthling wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:15 pm
ChowNow - LA-based online ordering platform for restaurants picks KC for office with 100 employees...
https://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/ ... ffice.html
ChowNow chooses first KC office in Xroads...
https://www.startlandnews.com/2019/03/c ... nsas-city/

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Re: Companies moving downtown

Post by krotering » Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:30 pm

brewcrew1000 wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:06 pm
WSP (Parsons Brinkerhof) an engineering company based in Montreal recently opened a new office downtown but i don't know if its replacing the Lenexa office or if its just an additional metro area office
Its replacing the Lenexa office. All employees from that office moved to the River Market office

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Re: Companies moving downtown

Post by TrolliKC » Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:35 pm

its too bad we can't get Seaboard to move downtown KC. It's the only Fortune 500 HQ'd here

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Re: Companies moving downtown

Post by brewcrew1000 » Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:54 pm

TrolliKC wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:35 pm
its too bad we can't get Seaboard to move downtown KC. It's the only Fortune 500 HQ'd here
I know this is off topic but its crazy that Minneapolis has 18 Fortune 500 in its metro good for 5th best - It has more Fortune 500 in its Metro than LA and Miami combined.
I really think Minneapolis has one of the most well rounded/healthiest economies in the US/World and it really flies under the radar.
They also have a good balance of company HQ's located downtown and in its burbs.

Twin Cities also has the largest private company in the US which is Cargill and it would rank #15 in the fortune 500 list

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Re: Companies moving downtown

Post by normalthings » Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:06 pm

Any new rumors on firms interested in downtown?

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Re: Companies moving downtown

Post by normalthings » Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:19 pm

https://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/ ... arch.html

Waddell & Reed to consolidate their offices into a single building in Missouri. This could be a huge win for downtown.

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Re: Companies moving downtown

Post by brewcrew1000 » Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:23 pm

normalthings wrote:
Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:19 pm
https://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/ ... arch.html

Waddell & Reed to consolidate their offices into a single building in Missouri. This could be a huge win for downtown.
If I were to put odds on it I would put it at
2 to 1 - South KC/Ward Parkway
1 to 2 - Plaza
1 to 4 Downtown
1 to 5 - Briarcliff

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