Gov. Jay Nixon was in downtown Kansas City today to announce plans for the significant expansion and expected new job creation by a local company that develops and deploys next-generation technology for the sports and entertainment industry. Sporting Innovations, a company formed last year by Kansas City's Major League Soccer organization, Sporting Kansas City, and the Sporting Club ownership group, plans to renovate the historic Hanna Rubber building at 1517 Baltimore into its new headquarters. The plans represent a capital investment of $20 million that is expected to create 120 new high-tech jobs over the next three years.
The Governor made the announcement with company officials today at the Kauffman Performing Arts Center in downtown Kansas City.
"I am pleased that another cutting-edge organization like Sporting Innovations has become the latest company to make a significant capital investment while planning to create new jobs in the Show-Me State," Gov. Nixon said. "This is a company that is growing by using exciting new developments in technology to make information more accessible for sports fans at the venues. We are glad to have them grow in Missouri."
Sporting Innovations will use the latest technology and software development to enhance the fan experience at sports and entertainment venues around the world, and to assist teams, leagues and venues to increase their revenues. The company currently has 50 employees at its Kansas City location, with plans to add 120 new jobs over the next three years.
In addition to assisting other teams and stadiums with their technology needs, the company also develops web software to enrich the experience of sports fans through a variety of high-tech products, including mobile applications. Future developments include allowing fans to watch live video feeds on their smartphones from various camera angles, as well as an application for fans to order apparel online while actually at a game.
To assist Sporting Innovations in moving forward with its growth plans, the company could be eligible for a strategic economic incentive package from the state of Missouri if it meets the strict job creation and investment criteria of each program.
"Missouri's low and predictable taxes, trained and ready workforce, and long-term economic development strategy have made our state the best place in the Midwest to start, locate or expand a business," Gov. Nixon said. "We will continue to fight for every job, every day to put Missourians back to work and to keep our economy moving forward."
CNN-Money recently rated Missouri as the nation's sixth-best state for new business start-ups in its "10 Most Entrepreneurial States for 2011," with Missouri being the only Midwestern state in the Top 10. In addition, Missouri's state exports were up six percent during the first two quarters of 2012 compared to 2011, a year when the state of Missouri set a record with $14.1 billion in export sales revenue.