Cerner To Expand Its Kansas City, Missouri Campus, With Estimates Of Creating 15,000 Jobs
Area Development Online News Desk (08/05/2013)
Cerner Corp., entered into an agreement to purchase approximately 237 acres in southern Kansas City, Missouri’s Three Trails Crossing region to expand its Innovation Campus, at the site of the former Bannister Mall which has been vacant since 2009. The proposed project is pending completion of due diligence activities and the securing of appropriate financial incentives.
“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.
“Cerner’s significant growth necessitates that we plan now to accommodate our future space needs,” said Naughton, chief financial officer. Naughton noted Cerner already employs 2,866 associates at its nearby Innovation campus. The new site would be an extension of that campus.
The firm currently employs 8,794 in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The expanded campus, if constructed, would potentially house 12,000-15,000 additional associates upon full build-out, which would be based on Cerner’s growth and occur over an extended period. If conditions to close are satisfied, it is anticipated the purchase would be completed by the end of 2013.
The firm anticipates the extended campus would include on-site daycare, a clinic for associates, fitness facilities, food service and training spaces. It could also house future data centers as needed, the company said. A portion of the site may be made available to be developed as retail stores, restaurants, or a hotel.
“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. Jay 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.”
Kansas City Mayor Sly James said: “This is a great step forward for the former Bannister Mall site,” said Mayor James. “South Kansas City has been on an impressive forward trajectory in recent months but this site has remained an issue. Redeveloping the Three Trails Crossing region into a Cerner property will turn that area into a beacon of innovation. Cerner is a valuable community partner and I deeply appreciate the company’s commitment to our City. We look forward to working with Cerner to finalize a plan soon.”
"The Governor said 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.