Grow the Kansas City region’s export capacity and increase our companies’ global competitiveness for products and services.
Increased global trade impacts how KC performs against its peer cities nationally on growth in jobs, productivity and wages. Most crucial is a regional business plan that factors in future changes in the global economic landscape and disruptive technologies.
- Increase national and global exports as a share of greater Kansas City’s total economy.
- Influence growth of Greater Kansas City’s diverse set of existing traded sectors by developing more robust industry clusters, or concentration of assets.
- Identify industry clusters with the greatest opportunities for future growth.
- Increase national market share particularly within the Kansas City region’s historic strengths of telecommunications, transportation, wholesale trade and financial services
Work Group Co-Chairs
- Neeli Bendapudi, Ph.D. – Provost, KU School of Business
- Dan Krouse – Retired VP Logistics and Indirect Procurement, Hallmark Card
- Tim Triplett – Pres Legal, Risk Mgmt & Gov’t., Black & Veatch
The World Trade Center-Kansas City launched its GoGlobalKC effort in 2016 creating a new offering for KC area business owners called the export concierge. This service provides advice, direction, market information, and connections to WTC-KC’s network in 330 cities around the globe as well as regional export assistance providers in the KC region.
The Kansas City region is home to one of the top five largest concentrations of architecture and engineering employment in the U.S. Companies with global headquarters in the KC area include Black & Veatch, Burns & McDonnell, Populous, HNTB, and Honeywell FM&T. KCGlobalDesign is a new positioning effort to make the KC region known as a global center of excellence and destination for top talent in architecture, engineering and technology. The desired result is a more robust industry concentration, a sustainable workforce pipeline and status as a global destination for industry expertise and innovation.
Smart Transportation | KINETIC
A series of forums to help the Kansas City community better understand and prepare for the future of transportation. Along with successful industry efforts like KC SmartPort, smart transportation initiatives position our KC region as a premier center for logistics and transportation.
Life Sciences Nexus
In its most recent strategic plan, the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute confirmed that the KC region is home to significant life sciences research and the world’s largest concentration of animal health industry assets. This uniquely positions our area to capitalize on economic growth opportunities where these industries intersect. The KC Animal Health Corridor has a robust partnership with the largest global animal health companies with a presence in the Corridor, supported by a set of strategic priorities that are executed on an annual basis. The latest effort to emerge is a new series of events, called Collaborate2Cure, designed to bridge the research and expertise between human and animal health.