Easy access, stellar community services, assistance from city government. Nathan Kelly, president and managing director of Cushman & Wakefield|CRESCO Real Estate in Independence, applauds the attributes that make the city attractive to new and established businesses.
“We’re an organization that’s very client-focused, which means we meet clients at their site,” he says. “Independence is an ideal location for us because whether we’re going north, south or downtown, it’s an easy drive.”
Kelly also appreciates the safety factor that’s led to peace of mind for everyone who lives, works, or visits the city.
“I don’t live in Independence, but when I drive to work here in the winter, from the time I get off of the highway to the time I’m in my office, there’s not a snowflake on the street. And I’m probably driving behind or in front of a city snowplow,” he says. “Independence is not only safe, it’s also perceived to be safe.”
Kelly’s firm also helps landlords find companies that want to set up shop in the city.
“COVID-19 has changed the dynamic of where people want to work,” he says. “Instead of commuting downtown, employees are gravitating toward the suburbs. Easy in and easy out has been a real draw for suburban locations, and as a result, they’re having their moment. Independence is truly among them.”