Gov. Jay Nixon today announced that ECCO Select, a Kansas City-based consulting firm, will invest more than $1 million to expand its headquarters, creating 96 new information technology jobs. The expansion project will help the company access an international client base and bolster Missouri's position as a growing hub for high-tech jobs.
"Missouri is proud to be home base for ECCO Select, a thriving company that complements our state's position as a hub for high-tech, high-paying jobs," Gov. Nixon said. "Maintaining a business-friendly environment and creating next-generation IT jobs is a top priority for my administration, and it's rewarding to see companies like ECCO Select recognize those advancements by reinvesting in Missouri communities."
ECCO Select is an information technology and management consulting firm that provides a wide range of IT support services to both private and public-sector clients. Since its founding in Kansas City in 1995, the company has experienced rapid growth and recently expanded to Washington D.C. and St. Louis. Now, in an effort to break into international markets, ECCO Select is constructing a new, larger headquarters and increasing its workforce in Kansas City.
"ECCO Select is pursuing an aggressive growth strategy and with our headquarters here in Missouri, we're in a great position to launch into new global markets," ECCO Select President and CEO Jeanette Prenger said. "With strong technology infrastructure, a skilled talent pool, and a supportive business environment, Kansas City provides all the necessary ingredients to grow our business internationally."
Since information technology was identified by his Strategic Initiative for Economic Growth as a top target for next-generation job creation, Gov. Nixon has made attracting investments in this field a priority of his administration. In just the past year, the state has attracted numerous investments from expanding IT companies including Netelligent, BIME Analytics, Mindmixer, and Cerner Corporation in Kansas City, which recently upped its new job creation projection to 16,000, a record amount for Missouri. These significant investments have helped Missouri lead the nation in tech job growth.
This week, for the fifth consecutive year, Missouri was recognized as one of the top 10 most business-friendly states in the nation. Missouri moved up to number 8 in the rankings of top U.S. states for business compiled by the nation's premier international brokerage and consulting firm, Pollina Corporate.
To assist ECCO Select with its expansion in Kansas City, the Missouri Department of Economic Development has offered a strategic incentive package that the company can receive if it meets strict job creation and investment criteria. The City of Kansas City and Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City also partnered with ECCO Select to help make its expansion possible.