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"Already we're seeing entrepreneurs and small businesses locate in Kansas City or express interest in coming to Kansas City simply to take advantage" of the high bandwidth, Heeter says. "Kansas City is the first to have it and it starts now."
Still for all the public outreach and promotional events to boost the cities' entrepreneurism, Heeter says there are also some very telling reasons why Kansas City and other cities must support startups and small companies.
"Entrepreneurs and small businesses, without a doubt, are the leading creators of new jobs and economic growth in America and in every community. That is simply a fact. So if a community wants to choose success and economic growth and job creation it absolutely has to -- it is critically important -- to do everything possible to foster successful entrepreneurial businesses and assist the growth of its small businesses," Heeter says.
He also emphasizes the need for cities like Kansas City to start competing on a global scale.
"Entrepreneurism and the growth of small business is occurring all over the world. As a country, as a community like Kansas City, it is imperative we compete internationally and that means competing in establishing and growing entrepreneurial businesses, particularly in technology and bioscience," he adds.
Besides tech and bioscience, Kansas City is also cultivating small manufacturers in the area.
Entrepreneurs are attracted to various cities and metropolitan areas for different reasons and to attain various goals. With its low-cost of living, family-friendly city, as well as strong local, state and federal tax incentives, among other benefits, Atlanta considers itself to rank among the cities with a strong offering for entrepreneurs looking for long-term success (as opposed to a short-term "build it and sell it" mentality in Silicon Valley, for instance.
But that doesn't mean that the industries it considers sweet spots are slow-moving. Between health, technology, entertainment, mobile payments and mobile technology, logistics and strong research and development facilities at its many universities, business in Hot 'Lanta certainly isn't cooling off or slowing down soon.