Business leaders are celebrating a year of growth in Kansas City

Kansas City, Mo – A great year of growth: That’s what leaders across Kansas City and the Heartland say about 2022, But they don’t stop there. They keep looking forward to what’s next.

The Kansas City Area Development Council and its partners said they attracted $5.6 billion in new capital investment and nearly 6,000 jobs.

“We’re setting the pace,” said KCADC President and CEO Tim Cowden.

He said, this year’s record-breaking attraction includes 13 companies. Two mega-projects are Panasonic Energy’s $4 billion EV Battery Plant in De Soto, Kansas, and Meta’s $800 million Hyperscale Data Center in Northland.

“They could have gone anywhere in the country, but they decided to do it here,” Cowden said.

The Meta site is 350 hectares and is expected to be supported by 100% renewable energy. Meta said on Wednesday they will start building a stand in steel this month.

“This is a relationship-based city,” said Community Development Manager of Meta Matt Sexton. “This is an amazing place to grow a business whether we are big or small.”

KCADC held a celebration at the Kansas City Convention Center to celebrate. Almost 2,000 people attended. They are business leaders from 18 different counties and two states in the region.

“Wow, changing the area forever, and we’re on the map. We’re always on the map,” said Pulse Design Group President Dennis Burns. “We’ve got a new airport, we’ve got Panasonic, we’ve got urban growth, we’ve got growth on both sides of the state line. Man, it feels so good to be in Kansas City.

Panasonic is a $4 billion investment. President Allan Swan said the plant will employ more than 4,000 people. There will be 800-1,000 chemical or mechanical engineers. Then they have to hire 3,000 operators, the people who actually make the batteries.

“I don’t need anyone with a specific skill level. I just need energy and enthusiasm,” said Swan. “My team will tell you that energy and enthusiasm, and we will do all the training. We will accompany you for everything and we will make sure you can join as an associate and production manager.

He said this is a new industry. These batteries aren’t just for cars – the sky’s the limit. It will work for electric trains, buses, trucks and aerospace.

Meta has officially started Hiring. Panasonic encourages anyone interested in joining their team to also reach out today. Don’t wait.

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