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New tech companies latest to move underground

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The SubTropolis Technology Center, an underground data center located inside Hunt Midwest's SubTropolis cavern, is weeks away from celebrating its one year anniversary. The SubTropolis Technology Center, an underground data center located inside Hunt Midwest's SubTropolis cavern, is weeks away from celebrating its one year anniversary.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Technology companies are the latest tenants to move underground in Kansas City.

The SubTropolis Technology Center, an underground data center located inside Hunt Midwest's SubTropolis cavern, is weeks away from celebrating its one year anniversary.

It coincides with the one year anniversary of its anchor tenant, LightEdge Solutions, a cloud computing company based in Des Moines, IA.

"Everybody is trying to figure out how to keep up with the evolution of technology, which is getting more complicated, not simpler," said Jim Masterson, CEO of LightEdge Solutions.

One way businesses try to make things simpler is by letting other companies, like LightEdge Solutions, manage their computer networks for them from a remote location.

But in order to do, vendors need space, and lots of it.

They also need a cool place they can store their servers.

Masterson says his company found the perfect location underground at the SubTropolis Technology Center.

Masterson said not only is the indoor climate right, there's plenty of room to grow.

When the time comes to expand, Mike Bell, general manager for Hunt Midwest, the commercial real estate company that managers SubTropolis, said LightEdge Solutions, and any company located underground, will be able to do so quickly.

"Our structure is already here. The roof is already here so we don't have to build a roof," Bell said. "We basically just add the walls."

LightEdge Solutions has completed the first phase of its 60,000-square-foot data center at SubTropolis.

Bell hopes other companies will be inspired to move underground as well.

Watch KCTV5 News This Morning starting at 4:30 a.m. every day this week to learn more about the mysterious underground world.

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