Hundreds of jobs will remain in Kansas City and hundreds more could be on the way as U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill announced today that the U.S. Marine Corps has signed a five-year lease renewal with the federal government, ensuring that their information technology center will remain in its current location.
The 250,000 square foot Marine Corps information technology center, which neighbors the Bannister Federal Complex, currently houses more than 400 software developers and information technology professionals who support Marine Corps computer functions worldwide.
"Keeping hundreds of good-paying jobs in the area-and the prospect of adding hundreds more-is good news for workers, families, and business owners in the Kansas City region," said McCaskill, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. "I plan to keep working with key stakeholders to achieve an even longer-term commitment, but this next step will mean more good-paying jobs in Kansas City, and a continued leadership role for Missouri in strengthening our national security."
"My father is a Marine, my son is a Marine and I am a Marine so you might understand how proud I am to have had a part in keeping the Marine Corps information tech center in Kansas City," said Kansas City Mayor Sly James. "With the help of Senator McCaskill, and the determination of Jason Klumb, we will keep 425 jobs in Kansas City and look forward to even more."
"This is a significant step forward for the bi-state, bi-partisan effort that has occurred to keep the Marines here," said General Services Administration Heartland Regional Administrator Jason Klumb. "By utilizing existing federal space through GSA, the Marine Corps will potentially save millions of dollars in personnel and equipment relocation costs while also ensuring a viable future of the south Kansas City facility."
McCaskill fought to keep this facility in Kansas City, calling and then writing a letter to the Commandant of the Marine Corps earlier this year stating, "I will continue to be a vocal advocate for a strong Marine Corps presence in Kansas City and for maintaining and growing the KCITC in Kansas City because it clearly is the most fiscally responsible approach and is the right solution for the Marine Corps and Kansas City."
McCaskill also fought to ensure that language supporting the facility was included in last year's National Defense Authorization Act.