Entries by Eric Ford

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Planning the Children’s TLC Groundhog Run never gets old — even after 30 years

Planning the Children’s TLC Groundhog Run never gets old — even after 30 years Connie Kamps – Director of Real Estate Operations You might think planning a 10K run on the same weekend in the same location for more than 30 years would get monotonous—maybe even feel a little like “Groundhog Day.” But the truth is, […]

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Hunt Midwest educates KC brokers, links two development worlds

Hunt Midwest educates KC brokers, links two development worlds Autumn MorningSky – MetroWire Media For the last five years, it’s been impossible to discuss Kansas City’s development boom without mention of the powerhouse that is Hunt Midwest. The sister company of the Kansas City Chiefs has saturated local real estate news and has even graced […]

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The Hidden Metropolis Beneath Kansas City

The Hidden Metropolis Beneath Kansas City Great Big Story One-hundred-fifty feet below Kansas City, in a 270-million-year-old limestone deposit, more than 1600 people work in the world’s largest business labyrinth. They basically work in the Batcave, and it’s probably more interesting than your office. As seen on CNN — Check out the video essay here. […]

States competing for data centers extend $1.5B in tax breaks

States competing for data centers extend $1.5B in tax breaks David Lieb – Associated Press The former limestone mine seemed perfect for a large computer data center. The air was cool. The rock walls provided a defense against natural disasters. And the tunnels bored into a Kansas City hillside had access to abundant electricity and […]

Kansas City Will Benefit From the Shift to E-commerce

Kansas City Will Benefit From the Shift to E-commerce Dick Ringer – Assistant General Manager, Hunt Midwest With its central U.S. location, great labor force and affordable lease rates, Kansas City offers an exciting value proposition for e-commerce companies, and the time is right for deal-making in the industrial market. Online sales currently comprise about 7 percent […]

Hunt Midwest announces 126-acre industrial park expansion

Hunt Midwest announces 126-acre industrial park expansion Rob Roberts – Kansas City Business Journal Responding to growing demand in the automotive supply, e-commerce and data center markets, Hunt Midwest has completed a 126-acre surface business park expansion. The Hunt Midwest Business Center now can accommodate as much as 2 million square feet of new Class A […]

KC celebrates sewers that will spawn 14,000 acres of development, 70,000 residents

KC celebrates sewers that will spawn 14,000 acres of development, 70,000 residents Rob Roberts – Kansas City Business Journal Development and city leaders gathered Monday to celebrate completion of a $43 million sewer expansion project that will open up 14,000 acres of the Northland for development and add 70,000 residents to the city over the […]

Why Ford suppliers are going underground (literally)

In the shadow of a Ford plant, auto suppliers toil 100 feet down in a former Kansas City limestone mine. By Jim Motavalli, May 1, 2015 I’ve been to a lot of unusual places in my long career as a journalist, but SubTropolis in Kansas City takes the cake. It’s the world’s largest underground storage facility, […]

Doing business 100 feet underground

Here’s a novel way to slash your business expenses in half: Relocate 100 feet underground. In the Midwest, many businesses have done just that. By Parija Kavilanz, May 1, 2015 In states like Missouri, Kentucky and Pennsylvania, there’s a growing number of firms doing business in subterranean spaces that were once mines. Starting in the […]