KANSAS CITY—The suburbs of this city have long-held an advantagewhen it comes to attracting new office tenants. But, as reported inGlobeSt.com, the increasing popularity of downtowns, especially amongyounger workers and the high-tech companies that look to hire them,has also started to benefit Kansas City.

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Sungevity, Inc. a providerof residential solar services, has just become the latest high-techfirm to select this city as the site for a significant new officespace. Officials from the Oakland-based company say they will soonlocate a new sales and service center in the central downtown areaand will have a lease agreement later this year. They expect thatthis will mean about 595 new jobs here over the next five years.

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“Kansas City's geographical location, depthof professional talent and inviting business climate make it theideal location for our new sales and service center,” saysAndrew Birch, chief executive officer ofSungevity. “Our future Kansas City-based staff will enable us toextend our best-in-class solar service offering to more people inmore places.”

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Sungevity studied several markets acrossthe US before choosing Kansas City. Its operations here will employa broad range of positions including sales and operations managersand trainers, solar sales consultants and design engineers. Thecompany helps customers design and finance in-home solarenergy.

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“This year has set a record in jobattraction for our regional KCADC partnership with 3,200 new jobscommitted to our KC region,” says Bob Marcusse,president and chief executive officer of the Kansas CityArea Development Council. “We are so proud to welcomeSungevity, its innovative people and 595 more jobs to our businesscommunity.”

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Brian J. Rogal

Brian J. Rogal is a Chicago-based freelance writer with years of experience as an investigative reporter and editor, most notably at The Chicago Reporter, where he concentrated on housing issues. He also has written extensively on alternative energy and the payments card industry for national trade publications.