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Technology Company Plans To Add 100 Jobs In Historic Western Union Building

Elle Moxley

The Nerdery, a Minneapolis-based technology company, will add 100 jobs in Kansas City, Mo., over the next five years, the Economic Development Corporation announced Wednesday.

The company, which designs websites and mobile apps, will also invest $4.3 million in the historic Western Union building downtown. 

"Kansas City's talent, resources and lifestyle will nicely complement The Nerdery's needs, and we look forward to watching you grow and expand, sprinkling your own culture in our city," Economic Development Corporation CEO Pete Fullerton told company leaders at the announcement.

Mayor Sly James said The Nerdery is the type of business the city wants to attract because it has a reputation for treating its employees well.

"We want you to become one of those players on the corporate citizenship stage that acts as a way and a light for others to learn that there's a great value in making sure everyone on your team is well cared for," James said.

Already about 30 people work for The Nerdery in Kansas City. 

"Talent truly is the currency of the tech industry," said Ryan Weber, president of KCnext technology council. "In the very near future, technology companies will flock and only exist in cities where young, talented people live and work. Today's announcement is another validation that Kansas City is one of those cities."

If The Nerdery hits job growth targets, it will be eligible for more than $2 million in state tax credits.

Elle Moxley covered education for KCUR.
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