Why Kansas Research Nexus?

Lawrence. Topeka. Manhattan.

Great Minds. Combined.

The Kansas Research Nexus is a regional economic development marketing, leadership, and advocacy alliance that promotes economic growth by raising the usability of the Lawrence, Topeka, and Manhattan region for the animal and life sciences.

This 9-county region in the heart of the heartland, stretching 85 scenic miles along Interstate 70 from Lawrence to Manhattan, Kansas, is attracting attention in a really big way. We are receiving accolades and showing up on more “Best” lists every year, and more companies are choosing this region for their business expansion or relocation. If you aren’t familiar with Kansas Research Nexus, you may ask yourself “why?”, for those of us who live, work, and play here, we know it’s the combination of the many assets of our region, a few of which are listed below:

  • The people—over 470,000 of them—in thriving communities.
  • Research, education and engagement in top research universities: University of Kansas and Kansas State University.
  • Boundless intellectual capacity and a passion for lifelong education – 37.1 percent of adults hold a college degree.
  • Extensive research and development—more than $500 million each year—conducted at regional universities, federal labs and contract research companies.
  • Business-friendly climate with a competitive cost of doing business, low cost of living and high quality of life.
  • A variety of well-supported technology clusters, constantly developing the products, processes and services that will help define the future.
  • Focused workforce development to support the diverse industry within our region.

Key Benefits

The Kansas Research Nexus offers multiple benefits to those within our region, but the following assets really make us stand out from the crowd:

  • The Kansas Research Nexus is home to three public universities: Kansas Statue University, the Unitversity of Kansas, and Washburn University. In addition, the region is home to several private and junior colleges and technical schools. These quality institutions ensure that our workforce is educated and ready to work.
  • The workforce in our region is second to none. On top of being highly educated, our workforce is skilled, sustainable, and available.
  • KRN's central location puts you in the middle of everything. With access to multiple highways, railways, and airports, you are connected to each coast and to the world.
  • The Kansas Research Nexus is already home to multiple regional research centers, so newly locating businesses will be part of an established culture of health and research. These centers are thriving in the Nexus, and your health or bioscience company will too.

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