More than 60 years after President Harry Truman included Kansas City as one of the original 10 regional headquarter cities for his new General Services Administration, this area continues to owe an important part of its prosperity to the federal employees based here.
The federal government, either directly or through contracts, employs 41,500 people in the metropolitan area with a combined annual payroll of more than $3 billion, making it by far the biggest employer in the region. And for every one federal job, there are one to two estimated spin-off private jobs.
Just last week, that same Heartland Region GSA office established by Truman in 1949 announced it was seeking rental space in downtown Kansas City for 1,000 federal employees now at the Bannister Federal Complex. In November, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service said it would be hiring 800 employees over the next 10 months.
And next year, the National Nuclear Security Administration is scheduled to begin moving its nuclear weapons parts operation managed by Honeywell at the Bannister facility into a new replacement plant. The massive complex cost $590 million to build and will keep 2,500 well-paid jobs in the area for many years. Read more on Kansas City Star.