Silicon Valley Tech Company Selects Kansas City for Second Office

Nov 08, 2013, 07:00 ET from Kansas City Area Development Council

Suitable Technologies will serve clients worldwide from Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Nov. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Palo Alto, Calif.-based Suitable Technologies, Inc. has expanded operations with the opening of an international support office in Kansas City, Mo., for the company's Beam remote presence technology.

Suitable Technologies will occupy office space at City Center Square, 1100 Main Street, and build an international support center for the Beam, which enables users to travel instantly to remote locations using video conferencing technology that they can drive, over a Wi-Fi or cellular 4G LTE connection.

"We selected Kansas City because of its central location and access to technical talent from its 20 local universities," said Scott Hassan, CEO of Suitable Technologies. "As our business continues to grow, we look forward to the opportunity to bring local talent on-board."

After an extensive search process, the company selected the Kansas City region over Austin, Tex., the other finalist.

"Suitable Technologies was initially attracted to the Kansas City market because of Google Fiber, and it was the impression the city made on company decision makers that sealed the deal," said Bob Marcusse, president and CEO, Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC), the regional economic development agency for the two-state, 18-county Kansas City metro. "We are eager to see Suitable Technologies grow in KC, and are very proud to be the home of the company's first office outside of Silicon Valley."

KCADC worked with a team of regional partners in the attraction of Suitable Technologies: Cassidy Turley; CBRE; Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri; Missouri Partnership; City of Kansas City, Missouri; KCP&L; and KCnext.

About Suitable Technologies
Suitable Technologies develops world-class remote presence technologies. Its first product, Beam, allows people to travel instantly and is designed and manufactured at its headquarters in Palo Alto.

About Greater Kansas City
Home to 2.5 million people, the Kansas City region offers the benefits of more than 50 unique communities and 18 counties in Kansas and Missouri.  As "America's Creative Crossroads," the region's distinctive qualities come from a confluence of artistry and technology innovation.  Google selected the Kansas City metro for the roll-out of its Google Fiber service, which provides internet speeds at up to one gigabit per second.  Kansas City and its corporations, universities and lifestyle assets are nationally ranked among the best places to work, innovate and explore. 

SOURCE Kansas City Area Development Council