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Kansas City makes the entrepreneurial lists

City of Fountains, BBQ and Entrepreneurs

Splash in our fountains. Nosh on those burnt ends. Swing your snap to our jazz riffs. Shriek your way down the tallest water slide.

But don’t be distracted by our pretty set dressing. Kansas City is a city of entrepreneurs. And the world is taking note.

Kansas City on the Ranking Lists

In just the past few years alone (with special thanks to Google Fiber), Kansas City and our entrepreneurial scene has made the lists. We all know, full well, that we can’t rest on these laurels—but it is nice to be recognized for what we’re doing.

Here's where we've shown up recently.

Destination for high-tech tourists (USA Today) and tech investors (TechCrunch)

#1 high-tech city to call home (PCMag)

#1 city to start an online business (Highspeed Internet)

#1 high-tech startup growth in information and communications technology (Kauffman Foundation)

#2 unexpected hub for tech startups (Entrepreneur)

Next (and most expansive) Cisco “Smart City”

#3 high-tech startup growth among large metros

3 James Beard nominees in 2014
6 James Beard winners

#4 best city for young entrepreneurs (Under30CEO)

#5 in the fastest-growing startup hubs (SpareFoot)

#5 best city to visit in your 20s (Huffington Post)

#6 U.S. travel destination (Lonely Planet)

#6 best city to raise a family (Movoto)

#7 for professional and technical services jobs, the biggest growth sector (Forbes)

#7 best downtown (Forbes)

#7 best city for young job seekers (Business Insider)

#9 international destination (Frommer’s)

top 10 tech hubs to watch (Techie)

#10 best city for hipsters (Yahoo)

#10 best city for pizza (Travel + Leisure)

#11 most charitable city (Charity Navigator)

top 12 city for business development (National League of Cities)

#13 most literate city (USA Today)

#13 best city for female entrepreneurs (Forbes)

#14 in America’s coolest cities (

#14 in the nation for recruiting Millennials (Brookings)

#15 best city for new college grads (Business Week)

#15 of America’s 50 best cities (BusinessWeek)

#16 best city for ice cream (Travel + Leisure)

#26 in number of STEM jobs nationally (Brookings)

And then there’s the other lists.

In all fairness, it’s not all lollipops and lhasa apsos (or apsi?). Here are few lists that have (kindly?) told us where we need to focus our next efforts.

Increase jobs (Forbes)

Grow Fortune 500 companies

Sharpen our competitive edge (Brookings)

Improve walkability, bikeability and public transportation (Walkscore)


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