KCADC Helps Bring Two More Companies to the Area

Climate Corporation and Suitable Technologies will both be moving jobs to the Kansas City metro in 2014.

In early November, the Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC) announced The Climate Corporation will build its new regional headquarters in Leawood. The company utilizes weather measurements to provide farmers with data, decision support and crop insurance to support agriculture in becoming more efficient and profitable. Impressed with KC’s strong technology cluster, The Climate Corporation leased 4,500 square feet of office space at the Pinnacle Corporate Centre.

The company is expected to generate 34 high-paying technology jobs and invest nearly $1 million in the community. The Leawood Chamber of Commerce, the Kansas Department of Commerce, Block Real Estate Services, Kansas City Power and Light and the Kansas Gas Service are partnering with KCADC to complete this project.

A few days later, Palo Alto, Calif.-based Suitable Technologies, Inc. revealed it was expanding its operations by opening an international technological support office at City Center Square. Suitable Technologies is the company behind Beam, a remote presence technology that goes beyond video conferencing by enabling users to take conferences outside of the conference room with a mobile remote presence device.

Suitable Technologies first became interested in Kansas City when it was announced that our region would be the first in the nation to receive Google Fiber service. The company debated between Kansas City and Austin for months but ultimately chose KC after a visit to the potential site. Thomas Houts, associate vice president of Cassidy Turley, and Brent Roberts of CBRE Group Inc., as well as the City of Kansas City, Mo., Kansas City Power and Light and KCNext partnered with KCADC to make this project possible.

- Story by Alex Sher

CNBC Senior Analyst Ron Insana speaks at the KCADC Annual Luncheon in Overland Park, KS. Photo by Mary Noulles.