Lee's Summit Advantage
With nearly 44 percent of residents 25 or older holding a Bachelor’s degree or higher, Lee’s Summit is well-positioned to accommodate the professional services industry. This percentage of college graduates in Lee’s Summit is substantially higher percentage than the surrounding county, state and nation. Lee’s Summit has nearly 2,500 federal government employees and is home to the National Archives and National Benefits Center. Some of the largest professional services clusters include research and development, testing laboratories, consulting services and engineering services. The professional sector is also anticipated to be one of the top industries for growth in Lee’s Summit from now until 2022.
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 home to numerous educational institutions that offer advanced training for professionals.
- Summit Technology Academy is a nationally-recognized career-focused academy that prepares students for a professional workforce. STA has designated programs focused on Executive Finance & Fintech and Engineering.
- Metropolitan Community College - Longview in Lee’s Summit offers a variety of professional degrees and certificates in fields such as Business Administration.
- University of Central Missouri Lee’s Summit campus offers a variety of certificates and degrees to prepare students for the professional services sector including Big Data Analytics and a Master’s of Business Administration.
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 100,300, 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.