Growing tech company MindMixer announced Monday it will relocate its headquarters from Omaha, Neb., to Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District, where it plans to add 85 new jobs. Founded in Omaha in 2010, MindMixer makes an online platform for community engagement, enabling more than 700 clients — including cities, schools, businesses and more — to solicit feedback and suggestions from their constituents.
MindMixer already had a satellite office in Kansas City, as well as a location in Lincoln, Neb. The choice to consolidate the three offices stems from a desire to continue growing the company, MindMixer co-founder and CEO Nick Bowden wrote in a blog post. During the next three to four months, employees in the Omaha and Lincoln offices will make the move to Kansas City.
“After much discussion, debate and consideration, we’ve decided that our best chance at success requires we consolidate to a single office in a place that allows the company to continue growing and attracting the best and brightest,” Bowden wrote. “Tangibly, this means the MindMixer team will relocate to our current Kansas City office.”
The company evaluated multiple locations, including Silicon Valley, for its new headquarters. MindMixer ultimately decided on Kansas City for its urban setting, existing IT talent pool and ability to attract new tech talent, according to a press release from KCnext, a group focused on promoting the Kansas City tech industry. “This community already has an abundance of experienced workers and the talent pool only seems to be getting bigger,” Bowden said in a release.
The Kansas City Area Development Council partnered with a number of regional organizations to attract MindMixer to the area. The company could qualify for more than $1.6 million in state tax incentives if it meets strict job creation and investment criteria, the Kansas City Star reported.
Mayor Sly James welcomed the arrival of MindMixer, which has worked on Kansas City-focused sites including kcmomentum.org and nextrailkc.com. “I’m thrilled that MindMixer has decided to increase its presence in our city and look forward to furthering their footprint in the Crossroads,” James said in a release. “I’m certain their employees and clients will find their location on the downtown streetcar line an added bonus.”
Bob Marcusse, president and CEO of the Kansas City Area Development Council, said the company’s move will have a profound impact on Kansas City’s culture and sustainability of the regional tech and entrepreneurial community. “MindMixer adds tremendous value to our entire metro area,” he said.