Area Development
A company that develops technology for the sports and entertainment industry through devices such as smartphone applications, Sporting Innovations, plans a $20 million capital investment to relocate and expand its Kansas City, Missouri, headquarters and create 120 new high-tech jobs over the next three years.

The company was formed last year by Kansas City's Major League Soccer organization, Sporting Kansas City, and the Sporting Club. In addition to assisting teams and stadiums with their technology needs, the company also develops web software to enrich the experience of sports fans through a variety of high-tech products, including mobile applications.

Company officials said future developments include allowing fans to watch live video feeds on their smartphones from various camera angles, as well as an application for fans to order apparel online while actually at a game.

Sporting Innovations, which currently has a workforce of about 50 in Kansas City, plans to move into the historic Hanna Rubber building on 1517 Baltimore Avenue. Cliff Illig, Sporting Kansas City co-owner, said Sporting Innovation will bring high-tech advancements to sporting games, with technology platforms that enhance the fan experience.

"I am pleased that another cutting-edge organization like Sporting Innovations has become the latest company to make a significant capital investment while planning to create new jobs in the Show-Me State," Gov. Jay Nixon said. "This is a company that is growing by using exciting new developments in technology to make information more accessible for sports fans at the venues. We are glad to have them grow in Missouri."

Gov. Nixon's office said the company is eligible for job training grants and an economic incentive package of about $4.6 million, if it meets the strict job creation and investment criteria. The historic building in which it plans to relocate is also eligible for tax credits.

"Missouri's low and predictable taxes, trained and ready workforce, and long-term economic development strategy have made our state the best place in the Midwest to start, locate or expand a business," the Governor said.