Gov. Jay Nixon,on Thursday, Aug. 1, applauded an announcement by Cerner Corp. that the company is taking the first step in moving forward with plans to extend its Missouri campus and bring between 12,000 and 15,000 jobs to the former Bannister Mall site in Kansas City. The company’s agreement allows it to purchase approximately 237 acres in the Three Trails Crossing area and would pave the way for additional redevelopment including retail stores, restaurants and hotel at the site, which has been largely vacant since 2009.
“From Day One, my administration has pursued proven, fiscally responsible policies to make Missouri a more attractive place for high-tech, high-growth companies like Cerner to invest and expand,” Gov. Nixon said. “Today, we continue to see the results of this approach paying real dividends for communities in Kansas City and across our state. My administration will continue to work with Cerner and local officials as plans for this transformative project proceed.”
“Missouri is the home of our world headquarters and our Innovation campus. We look forward to significantly expanding our presence in the state with this project as our company continues to grow,” said Cerner Chief Financial Officer Marc Naughton.
The new project would extend Cerner’s nearby campus, which already employs 2,866 associates, to house an additional 12,000 to 15,000 employees upon full build-out. The State of Missouri and the City of Kansas City will continue to work with Cerner on a strategic economic incentive package that would be available if the company meets the strict job creation and investment criteria of each program.
This is the most recent in a string of positive economic news for the Kansas City area, including recent announcements by Freightquote, Yanfeng USA Automotive Trim Systems, and Adrian Steel.