Bob Marcusse is president and CEO of the Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC). He joined KCADC in 1991. During Bob’s tenure, KCADC along with its state and local partners have attracted companies that have created more than 40,000 new jobs and added more than $5.0 billion in capital investment to the 18-county, bi-state Kansas City region.
Bob has an extensive background in domestic and international corporate attraction, business growth and retention, and regional marketing. He has spearheaded major growth initiatives in the region such as the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute, KC Animal Health Corridor, KC SmartPort, and KCnext – The Technology Council of Greater Kansas City.
Bob’s community involvement extends well beyond his role at KCADC. Bob serves on the Executive Committees of KC SmartPort, KCnext and Missouri BIO. He is a member of the University of Kansas Edwards Campus Advisory Board, and University of Missouri Economic Development Cabinet. He is immediate past Chairman of the University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute and is a member of the listing review committee for BATS, the country’s third largest stock exchange.
Bob has also held leadership positions with the Columbus (OH) Area Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Council for the Peoria area, Battle Creek (MI) Unlimited, and the Inland Port Authority of South Central Michigan and Foreign Trade Zone #43.
Bob graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with a Bachelor of Science degree. He received his Master of Science from Purdue University.