In today’s global economy, companies can easily expand or relocate anywhere in the world. The primary focus areas of the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri, (EDCKC) are industry business attraction and site selection as well as strategic business retention and expansion programs that ensure both future and existing Kansas City companies thrive.

Using a holistic approach to economic development through the AdvanceKC initiative, the EDCKC Business Development team strategically focuses on select industries to leverage the City of Kansas City, Missouri’s many competitive advantages. These target industries include:

  • Arts & Nonprofit
  • Design & Engineering
  • Financial Services
  • Health Sciences

  • Information Technology
  • Specialized Manufacturing
  • Supply Chain Logistics
Contact the EDCKC Business & Job Development team:
Brandon Smith
Brandon Smith

Director of Business Development
(816) 691-2117

Carrie Habib
Carrie Habib

Administrative Assistant, Community Economic Development
(816) 691-2124

Jim Malle
Jim Malle

Coordinator of Entrepreneurship & Industry Initiatives
(816) 691-2127

Jim Erickson
Jim Erickson

Government Affairs Officer
(816) 691-2135

Alex Munyard

Business Development Officer
Finance + Tech • Downtown + Crossroads + Midtown + Plaza
(816) 691-2129

Daymeond Hord

Business Development Officer
Manufacturing + Supply Chain Logistics • Clay County + Industrial Crescent
(816) 691-2128

Jessica Bachtel

Business Development Officer
Health Sciences • Platte County
(816) 691-2139

Karis Harrington

Business Development Officer
Small Business + Entrepreneurship • East Side
(816) 691-2115

Brandon Haggard

Business Development Officer
Architecture + Engineering • South Kansas City
(816) 691-2133