The Greater Kansas City Region  is a large area in the U.S. Midwest that spans 18 counties across the states of Kansas and Missouri. Home to 2.3 million people and named one of the country’s most livable cities, Kansas City is building a reputation for itself as a technology hotbed with one of the world’s most comprehensive Smart City projects.

The Greater Kansas City Region’s location at the heart of North America provides companies with the advantage of delivering goods to around 80 percent of suppliers and customers in the United States within two days.

A strong Japanese business influence exists with SoftBank’s buy-in into telecom giant Sprint. Following the pending acquisition of Sprint by T-Mobile, SoftBank will have 27 percent stock ownership in the new T-Mobile which will have a significant presence in the Kansas City area. Kubota Tractor Corporation has invested nearly $100 million in its North American Distribution Center in the Kansas City region, and Mitsubishi, Shiseido, Bridgestone, Canon and Fujifilm all have a presence in KC.

Kansas City offers affordability, capacity for growth, accessibility and a culture of collaboration that make for a suitable investment destination.

To complement its efforts to promote the area, the Greater Kansas City Region will be sending a delegation to the upcoming Midwest-U.S. Japan Conference in Omaha, Nebraska in September.