Economic Development

Why Do Business in Leawood?

From large corporations to diverse small businesses, Leawood is “all business” friendly. Take a look at the newest issue of the Leawood Economic Development Council’s magazine, Look to Leawood.

Just the Right Mix

Leawood offers a mix of location and amenities that create the perfect working and living environment for growing businesses. Its compact size (approximately 15 square miles), the pleasant and sophisticated character of its built environment, a well-maintained network of streets, boulevards, parks and public art, and a qualified, well-educated citizenry provide a solid foundation for business to thrive. Visitors and more than 33,500 residents have access to all essential parts of the community in less than 10 minutes and find themselves within 30 minutes of any point in the Greater Kansas City region.

The city of Leawood is a part of Johnson County, Kansas, a leading local economy and one of the premier business locations in the nation. With a population of more than 566,000 people, Johnson County added more than 8,000 new residents in 2013 alone.

Location, Location, Location

Bounded on the east by State Line Road, a major north-south metropolitan connector along the Kansas-Missouri border, Leawood is also in close proximity to the Kansas City metro’s extensive system of major interstates and highways. The southern portion of the I-435 loop transects Leawood’s east and west borders and conveniently links commuters and travelers to I-35, I-70, I-29 and all connecting U.S. highways in the area.

Located within 250 miles of the geographic, population and production centers of the U.S., and within the central time zone, Leawood businesses are assured more hours each day to conduct business on either coast and in between. Leawood’s location along the Kansas-Missouri state border also provides a scenic link to Country Club Plaza, the Power & Light District and downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

A Solid Base for Business or Home

Whether your goal is to set up shop or put down roots, click here for fast facts and good things to know about Leawood. The Leawood community has nearly 1,000 business establishments who currently employ more than 17,000 individuals.

Since 2013, major employers have moved to Leawood and in many cases chosen it as their headquarters, including AMC Theatres, Anthem Publishing, Ascend Learning, CARSTAR, Delta Dental, Muller Bressler Brown, Murphy-Hoffman Company, Philadelphia Insurance and SelectQuote. Diverse professional services and exciting new retailers continue to open or expand across the city as well, many of which you’ll find represented in the Chamber’s Online Member Directory.

A number of commercial and mixed-use developments, including Mission Farms, Town Center Crossing, and Park Place, offer a walkable, pedestrian-friendly environment not often found in a suburban community, with easy access to shops, dining, offices, and a variety of residential choices.  Town Center Plaza and Park Place are located in what is considered to be Leawood’s “new downtown.”  The area is located near City Hall, The Leawood Pioneer Branch of the Johnson County Library, and the city’s first hotel, Aloft Leawood-Overland Park, a great destination for the business traveler.

Another mixed-use community (and Chamber member) gaining popularity on the boundary of Leawood and Overland Park, is Prairiefire. This exciting new development invites you to shop, dine, catch a movie, bowl or play bocce ball, and even reside next to the Museum at Prairiefire, featuring world-class architecture and exhibitions from the American Museum of Natural History. Or browse fresh, worldly groceries at The Fresh Market, just a calming walk through native wetlands to the west.

Thanks to the cooperative efforts of the City of Leawood, the Leawood Chamber, area businesses, and its citizens, Leawood, Kansas continues its tradition of “growing with distinction.”

Are you thinking about locating or expanding your business to the Leawood area? If so, click HERE to learn more about the incentives that Kansas offers.

Superior Amenities in a Superior Environment

So many people live, work and play in Leawood because of the variety of entertainment and palate-pleasing opportunities. In other words, you’ll never experience a shortage of shopping sprees, lunch breaks and happy hours. The wide array of retail shopping areas, outdoor concerts, neighborhood bars and grills, and premier movieplexes keep everyone’s adventurous spirit satisfied. And if you want to take the adventure outside, Leawood’s park system is second to none; offering extensive biking, hiking trails and recreation programs.

 

For more information on Economic Development in Leawood please contact Kevin Jeffries, kevinj@leawoodchamber.org, 913.498.1514 x1