Issues: Vol. 28 Issue 2

Building KC

The place to be: Johnson County uses unique incentives to draw small businesses

For years, downtowns were the cool place to be. Companies moved their offices to attract urban-minded millennials. Development continues in Kansas City’s downtown, but Johnson County hasn’t conceded. In fact, growth is strong in its office market. In the fourth quarter of 2018, 61 percent of multitenant buildings under construction were in Johnson County, accounting for 383,797 square feet, according to a report from global commercial real estate firm CBRE. (more…)

KC Entrepreneurs, Success Stories

Vazquez Commercial Contracting: Constructing a legacy

It didn’t feel like it then, but getting fired was one of the best things to ever happen to Joe Vazquez. Losing his job as an accountant led the Kansas City entrepreneur to found Vazquez Commercial Contracting, one of the city’s fastest-growing construction firms — one that can tackle everything from stormwater projects to demolitions to historical restorations. The Midtown-based company was on pace to end 2018 with about $40…