The Kansas Department of Commerce is the lead economic development agency in the state. Our goal is to enhance the business climate by bringing businesses to the state and assisting businesses that already call Kansas home. We want to continue to show businesses worldwide the quality of our business climate and why Kansas is a great place to live and work.
NOTABLE KANSAS COMPANIES
Major companies, such as Amazon, Mars, Black & Veatch, Unilever, Hostess, American Multi-Cinema, Dairy Farmers of America, and Teva recently selected Kansas as their preferred business location. These companies selected Kansas due to the business advantages our state can offer, advantages that translate to increased performance and profits.
- Educating our youth is highly valued in this state to provide a quality and skilled workforce to our businesses. Kansas’ education system is one of the best in the nation and a powerful factor in the state’s economic growth. Ninety (90) percent of Kansas adults have a high school diploma, ranking Kansas 16th in that category. Over 30% of adults, 25 and over, have a college degree. In some areas, such as Johnson County in the Kansas City area, over 50% of the adults have a college degree. Kansas ranks in the Top 10, by CNBC, for workforce and education.
- Kansas has several major universities educating our future workforce: University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Wichita State University, Fort Hays State University, Pittsburg State University, Emporia State University, Washburn University and 26 community and technical colleges statewide.
- Kansas’ strategic location at the convergence of I-35 and I-70 places it literally at the crossroads of America and allows next-day freight delivery to nearly 70 percent of the U.S. Trucks leaving Kansas can quickly and efficiently reach the international ports on either coast or the NAFTA trade partners to the north and the south.
- Kansas takes great pride in its excellent road system, which has resulted in Kansas being consistently ranked high for having the best roads in the nation. In addition, our state ranks third in total road mileage nationally.
- Kansas ranks in the Top 10 in the U.S. in railroad mileage. Four Class I and 13 Class III (short-line) rail carriers ensure freight service to virtually anywhere in Kansas. Kansas City is one of the nation’s leading freight rail hubs ranking first in annual rail tonnage and second in annual rail volume. BNSF Railway built a new 550-acre rail intermodal facility with easy access to I-35, capable of up to three million square feet of direct-rail served property.
- The largest airports are Kansas City International and Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport which offer convenient air service with multiple national and regional carriers. Eight regional airports also offer commercial air service.
Kansas Electricity, Natural Gas and Telecommunications
- Electricity costs in Kansas are below the national average supplemented by the excess electric generating reserve and transmission capacity through the three largest investor-owned companies in the state.
- Kansas is also below the national average for natural gas prices for industrial consumers. The 4,800 square-mile Hugoton Gas Field makes the state a leading natural gas exporter.
- Thanks to Kansas’ central location, businesses have access to east-west and north-south major trunk lines, connecting to a nationwide fiber optic network.