#19 Kansas

6.56 out of 10 in Taxation and Regulation

7.63 out of 10 in Workforce Quality

7.25 out of 10 in Living Environment

Right to Work?

Biotech and Aerospace

Kansas is experiencing strong growth in the biosciences sector, especially in animal health at companies like Merck Animal Health, Bayer Animal Health, Hill’s Pet Nutrition and CEVA Animal Health. Dairy Farmers of America recently completed a 214,000-square-foot plant in Garden City. In Wichita, the aviation and aerospace sectors continue to thrive. Wichita State University’s Innovation Campus opened earlier in the year in partnership with Dassault Systèmes and Airbus and serves as a manufacturing innovation hub.

From the Governor

“Strategically located in the middle of the country, Kansas is an ideal home for businesses looking for a skilled workforce and pro-growth environment. The state is dedicated to attracting companies and helping them grow and create jobs.” —Gov. Sam Brownback

Key Industries

Advanced Manufacturing, Agriculture, Aviation, Bioscience, Clean Energy, Food Services

Key Companies

Cerner Corp.
Seaboard Corp.
YRC Worldwide
Cessna Aircraft.
General Motors

Key Contacts

Kansas Department of Commerce

Antonio J. Soave, Secretary of Commerce
1000 S.W. Jackson St., Suite 100
Topeka, KS 66612-1354
(785) 296-3481
[email protected]

Key Incentives

Promoting Employment Across Kansas (PEAK): Offers qualified companies the ability to retain 95% of their payroll withholding tax for several years.

Workforce Development Assistance: Kansas Industrial Training (KIT) and Kansas Industrial Retraining (KIR) can offset a company’s training costs on new technology or production activities.

High Performance Incentive Program (HPIP): Offers a 10% corporate income tax credit on qualified capital investment for companies that pay  above-average  wages.

Machinery & Equipment Expensing Deduction and Property Tax Exemption: Offers an expense deduction for business machinery and equipment and a tax exemption for qualified commercial and industrial machinery and equipment.


Kansas Economic Development Alliance: kansaseda.com

Greater Wichita Partnership:greaterwichitapartnership.org

GOTopeka: gotopeka.com

Highlighted Program or Initiative

Wichita State University’s Innovation Campus opened in 2017 in partnership with major corporate partners and aims to serve as a manufacturing innovation hub with 3-D printing and VR capabilities.

Big Deals

  • Amazon announced in March 2016 it will construct an 822,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Edgerton and create 1,000 full-time
  • Triumph Group opened a new 156,000-square- foot manufacturing plant in June 2017 in Logistics Park Kansas City and added 310
  • Tyson Foods announced in September 2017 it will construct a $320 million poultry complex in eastern Kansas to meet the growing consumer demand for chick The project will create 1,600 jobs.

Big Companies

Three Fortune 500 companies headquartered in state:
Spirit AeroSystems
Lansing Trade Group

C-Suite Testimonials

“It’s a great place to recruit to a great place to raise families and so having the headquarters in Kansas gives us a competitive advantage.” —Steve Edwards, Chairman and CEO, Black & Veatch

“A significant part of Cargill, our North American protein business, is located right here in Wichita, Kansas. We are a global business with Midwest values, and Kansas is a place where we know we can thrive.” —Brian Sikes, President, Cargill Protein, North America

“The people of Kansas [are] the reason Spirit AeroSystems is here. You just can’t beat them anywhere in the world.” —Brian Black, Senior Manager of Global Development, Spirit AeroSystems

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