Lured by $1.87M in incentives, Virgin Mobile chooses downtown KC HQ

Virgin Mobile USA will locate within One Kansas City Place at 1200 Main in downtown. The skyscraper is the tallest building between Chicago and Dallas.

Missouri has successfully lured Virgin Mobile USA to downtown Kansas City.

Baited by $1.87 million in incentives through the Missouri Works program, the telecom company has agreed to create at least 84 jobs over the next five years at its new Kansas City home at One Kansas City Place, 1200 Main St. The selection comes months after Virgin Mobile announced its search for a new home base in downtown Kansas City. 

One Kansas City Place is Kansas City's tallest skyscraper. In fact, the it's the tallest building between Dallas and Chicago. It's also the same building from which Virgin Mobile has operated from a temporary office space for the last several months while it awaits the renovation of 11,000 square feet of office space on a separate floor. Once construction is complete in Summer 2017, the firm will move in and begin its growth plan to hire up to 100 people.

Virgin Mobile CEO Dow Draper cited Kansas City's entrepreneurial spirit and sophisticated spirit as the perfect backdrop for the company's evolving brand.

"In addition to the dense cluster of inventive companies located downtown, the cost of commercial real estate and salaries are more attractive in Kansas City relative to both coasts, especially in New Jersey and California where our former offices were based," he said. "Plus, Kansas City is home to a high-end talent pool and ranked high on national lists for places to live and work, which helps attract, hire, and retain people that can put purpose and passion into working at Virgin."

Today, the company employs 27 full-time employees. In the first half of 2017, Virgin Mobile says it will "aggressively" ramp up its hiring efforts and add 33 employees, bringing its headcount to 60.

"None of our employees work downtown prior to selecting our new location, and they represent a diverse team of experts in their fields -- most from outside the telecommunications industry, which was intentional," Draper said. "We're looking for pattern breakers and small disruptors with restless startup energy and ideas that will add real value to people's lives through mobile products and services."

GastingerWalker& is the architect on the project, tasked with bringing the office space to life on a vacant upper floor of the building.

Virgin Mobile is now hiring across a variety of roles. See the company's website for more info.