KANSAS CITY, Mo. — More jobs are coming to the Kansas City metro after a technology company recently announced that it will open its regional headquarters in the area, creating more than 100 jobs.
California-based ChowNow is an ordering app that restaurant owners use. According to its website, the company gives restaurants the tools they need to create menus and bring in customers.
For its new regional headquarters, ChowNow chose the Kansas City region over other cities, including Austin, Texas and Nashville, Tennessee.
“The whole foodie concept of Kansas City is one of the strengths that brought in ChowNow to the region,” said Jill McCarthy, senior executive of corporate attractions for the Kansas City Area Development Council.
The president of ChowNow also has a friend who is a Kansas City native, which helped to interest the company in investing in the area.
“The ChowNow group kind of came on and they said, 'Oh my gosh, Kansas City wasn't even on our list.' So we made it into the play at that time and pretty quickly rose to the top,” McCarthy said.
Several other companies have also recently announced that they will bring more jobs to the area. In September, Overstock, an online home goods retailer, announced it would open a new warehouse in Kansas City, Kansas, bringing 100 new jobs to that area.
In June, Geico Insurance said it would open a new service center in the region, creating more than 500 jobs in Lenexa, Kansas.
“Kansas City has been what we would call punching above our weight for some time now. We're very diversified in our industry makeup," McCarthy said. "Tech and tech jobs are ramping up very heavily."
ChowNow has not yet said in which city its regional headquarters will be located. The company plans to announce that in the coming weeks.