Lee’s Summit Advantage

Missouri is home to 100 aerospace manufacturing companies. Nearly one out of 10 Missouri workers is employed in manufacturing with aerospace being one of the sector’s largest components. [Source: Missouri Partnership] Lee’s Summit is situated between several military air bases including Whiteman Air Force Base, Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base and Rosecrans Air National Guard Base.

Workforce Education

Through a one-of-a-kind collaboration with the Lee’s Summit R-7 school district, local colleges and universities and industry leaders, Lee’s Summit strives to create a competitive, highly-trained workforce beginning from post-secondary education through a four-year degree. Lee’s Summit is located in the same region as numerous educational institutions that offer advanced training for aerospace professionals.

  • Summit Technology Academy is a nationally-recognized, career-focused academy that prepares students for the professional workforce. STA offers a dedicated academy that focuses on Aerospace Engineering.
  • The University of Missouri Kansas City offers a variety of degrees and programs in fields relating to aerospace, including Engineering.
  • The Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, MO has more than 100 years of experience in mechanical and aerospace engineering. The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is the largest academic unit at Missouri S&T, offering Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering.
  • The University of Missouri in Columbia, MO provides ABET-accredited degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.


Lee’s Summit is 16 miles southeast of downtown Kansas City and is one of the fastest-growing communities in the state of Missouri. With a current population of 99,290, the city offers companies and residents a thriving local economy, award-winning schools, nimble workforce and training programs, plentiful public and private investment, diverse housing stock and coveted community lifestyle amenities.

At 65 square miles, the fifth-largest in the state, the city has room to grow with recently-annexed properties in strategic, highway-served locations. The ease of access to nearby highways provides Lee’s Summit with a broad workforce. Lee’s Summit has access to a pool of approximately 905,800 workers within a 45-minute drive. 80% of workers in Lee’s Summit drive fewer than 24 miles to work.