KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Building onto Kansas City’s growing reputation for connectivity, Gov. Jay Nixon today announced that Virgin Mobile USA will construct its new headquarters in downtown Kansas City, where it plans to take advantage of the region’s talented workforce and hire more than 50 new team members by the end of the year.
“The growing technology scene in Kansas City is a big reason why Missouri is a nationally-recognized leader in high-tech jobs and innovation,” Gov. Nixon said. “By making smart investments in education, workforce development and entrepreneurship, we will continue to make Kansas City and the entire state the ideal location for companies to locate and grow.”
Founded in 2001 as a joint venture between Virgin Group, Singapore Telecommunications Limited and Sprint Corporation, Virgin Mobile USA commenced operations in June 2002 as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) providing services via the nationwide Sprint 1900 MHz PCS, CDMA, digital network.
The company’s decision to expand in Missouri is part of its plan to re-launch the brand under Sprint. Though the exact location has yet to be determined, the company plans to construct office space for its new headquarters in downtown Kansas City, which is home to the Sprint Center and the Sprint Accelerator, a nearly 20,000 sq. ft. space dedicated to supporting innovation and entrepreneurism . Selected by Google for the roll-out of its Google Fiber service, Kansas City offers some of the fastest internet speeds at up to one gigabit per second.
“Kansas City has an emphasis on entrepreneurship and technology, especially in the downtown and Crossroads area, which fits exactly with the direction for the new Virgin Mobile,” said Dow Draper, Virgin Mobile USA CEO. “It is a vibrant place to live and work, giving us the ability to attract a world-class team with experience across multiple industries to become part of the global Virgin family.”
Virgin Mobile USA is actively recruiting candidates for a number of positions including marketing, customer experience delivery, and website design and management. The company expects to complete work on its new office by the end of this year.
The State of Missouri is working with the company to identify a strategic economic incentive package, which the company could receive if it meets its projected job creation. The Missouri Partnership, Kansas City Area Development Council, City of Kansas City, Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, KCP&L, Metropolitan Community Colleges, Laclede Gas, CBRE, TeamKC, and the KC Tech Council also worked with the company on its expansion.
Those interested in pursuing a position with Virgin Mobile USA are encouraged to visit the company’s career site.