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Rendering of Trails Campus project, courtesy Cerner Corp.)

Officials in Kansas City, state leaders and Cerner Corporation say a project started today will create up to 16,000 jobs in the next decade as part of a $4.45 billion development. Governor Jay Nixon’s office calls it the largest economic development project in state history.

Cerner, a global health information technology provider, is constructing a 4.7 million-square-foot campus at the former site of the Bannister Mall in Kansas City.

The site is planned to be developed in 16 phases and consist of 16 buildings, and is slated to generate 4,500 construction jobs in the area.

Cerner President Zane Burke told Missourinet, “That’s our expected growth over that ten years time period, is to grow to 16,000 jobs,” said Burke.  “The additional benefit to the community is the building of the project itself, which will create additional jobs to Kansas City as the project is built over that ten year period.”

“These are high-paying, high qualified jobs,” Burke continued.  “Health care workers, software engineers, consultants, very well-paying jobs that will benefit people here in Kansas City and the broad community.”

The facility will include two data centers, on service center, a training/conference center and associate amenities, including an on-site daycare and health clinic. The campus will include 370,000 square feet of retail space restaurants, stores and a hotel.

Governor Jay Nixon, said in his remarks at the event, “By redeveloping hundreds of acres of a blighted area and creating up to 16,000 jobs, Cerner’s Trails Campus will have a profound and positive impact on this region and our state for decades to come.”