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Aspiria is a Hub for the ‘Silicon Prairie’

Have you heard of the Silicon Prairie? If not, don’t worry because it’s a term that is being used to describe Midwest tech hubs that are gaining national attention. The Silicon Prairie is comprised of several states: Iowa, Nebraska, the Dakotas, Kansas, Minnesota, and Missouri. Silicon Prairie is a nod to the more famous tech hub in California – Silicon Valley. Now this trend is starting to take hold right here in the heartland and Overland Park.

Aspiria is proving to be fertile ground for high-tech businesses planting roots on campus. Aspiria is built on one of the most secure, expansive networks in the world. Aspiria’s technological infrastructure makes it an unrivaled choice for innovative businesses. Industry leading companies can steward top talent with campus wide WIFI and seamlessly integrate their advanced technology stack into the robust and secure network. Aspiria is becoming Kansas City’s capital of the Silicon Prairie.

KC is a High-Tech City You’ll Want to Call Home

Companies are moving to Kansas City and leasing Class A office space on the Aspiria campus because of the low cost of living and the abundance of tech jobs. The campus is home to T-Mobile, Cogent Communications, Airshare, HNTB, Hills Pet Nutrition, TreviPay, MIQ Logistics, in2itve Business Solutions, and more. In addition, our on-campus coworking facility Aspiria NOW has a number of ‘Silicon Prairie’ members such as DataMap, WholeStack Solutions, and WeeCare, NewEdge Growth, EverCommerce, and Auxilius.

“Our offices at Aspiria have a very high-tech infrastructure. We have high-speed internet and access to state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment. Aspiria Connect allows our employees to conduct in-person collaborative meetings with the technology but also allows for virtual meetings with our customers seamlessly.” said John Owen, President and CEO of Airshare.

Kansas City is getting a lot of attention as being vibrant, dynamic, and exciting, and is ranked as one of the top 10 hipster cities in the country. In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, tech workers began seeking refuge in Midwestern states with more space and a lower cost of living. In 2020, Missouri was in the top 10 for incoming residents. Kansas City ranks #3 in tech job growth behind San Francisco at #2 and Austin at #1. Net tech employment in KC is over 104,397, WITH 3,804 tech companies.

Bet You Didn’t Know ….

The Brookings Institution recognized Kansas City and St. Louis as “rising stars” for growth in tech jobs before and during the pandemic They added a combined 14,000 tech jobs during the pandemic. Now they rank as two of the best cities for women in the tech industry. Kansas City employs over 1 million non-farm employees. Roughly 16,300 people worked in information technology as of May 2021, according to the U.S. BLS, and tech jobs in KC increased 3.8% from March 2021 to 2022.

Another interesting fact is the Midwest generates a quarter of America’s computer science graduates. Missouri ranks first for on-the-job training and third for apprenticeships, which means workers in the state are well-trained. Kansas City, with its myriad of universities, fosters an environment rich in talent. Top-tier institutions like the University of Kansas, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Kansas State University produce a steady stream of highly skilled graduates. Additionally, efforts to nurture STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education have further boosted the availability of skilled talent in the city. The region’s universities often collaborate with startups, fostering a symbiotic relationship that strengthens both the entrepreneurial ecosystem and the education system.