Economic Development Corporation (EDC) of Kansas City

A Hawthorn Foundation member since 2014.

The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) of Kansas City serves as a link to business and the economic development community in the Kansas City region. The EDC and its agencies work cooperatively to project a local identity and ensure a competitive, vibrant and self-sustaining economy. The EDC also collaborates with the City of Kansas City and other organizations, and relies on the talented, technologically advanced, diverse workforce to achieve its goals.

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The Kansas City region is a creative crossroad for thriving businesses. Criss-crossed by four major interstates and four Class I rail lines, the five-county Kansas City region offers direct connections to some of the fastest growing markets in the U.S. Kansas City and its suburbs are particularly strong in advanced manufacturing, energy, data and bio. The region is also at the center of the KC Animal Health Corridor, which is home to the largest concentration of animal health companies in the world.

Businesses considering the Kansas City region are often surprised by its vibrant quality of life. Downtown and midtown entertainment and shopping districts contribute to the workday dynamic for many, while jazz and barbeque round out the picture, making the area a Midwest tourist hub.

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