Less than a year ago, the concept for Locale was born. Now, having just wrapped up our 31st tour in partnership with six Kansas City based companies, we’re just getting started helping our businesses land talent from across the country and world.
While each tour is uniquely crafted, there are a few questions that we can count on being asked by touring candidates. Last week during one of our prep sessions to craft a tour for a NYC based family, Rae and I compared notes and discovered a few surprising questions, along with the predictable questions, and discussed our responses. The list below provides some insight into the conversations that would be overhead during a tour.
Also, note that each response is ever evolving, much like the City. So, without further ado, here is a list of the top Q&A with touring candidates:
1) Do we have Uber?
Yes, Uber is here with the options of UberX, XL or SELECT. We’re still waiting on POOL to arrive. Much like the rest of the country, Uber is a primary go-to for airport trips and nights out.
2) How hard is healthy living in this part of the country?
When it comes to consuming real, simple foods, our chefs and restaurants have redefined this Cowtown. Farm-to-table concepts and local partnerships with farmers can be found throughout the City—Room 39 and Westside Local to name a few.
Broadway Butcher Shop makes available grass fed, sustainably raised meats daily, and with farmers markets in both Overland Park and the River Market, the quest to prep and cook with real, simple foods has been made easy.
Additionally, the metro is home to many boutique fitness studios—whether a yoga or barre class are your focus, or whether you’re looking for strength training, doors are open to places like Core Power Yoga, Fusion Fitness, and ASC Training.
3) Where do I get my cultural fix?
Let’s define cultural fix! Latin food, craft brewery scene, the symphony and special requests for Jiu Jitsu and French emersion schools have fallen into this category and we’ve quickly learned to narrow the scope of the question.
Luckily we live in a vibrant city that continues to surface artifacts of individual lifestyle choices that are critically important to those looking to create a home here. This is where the pre-tour survey questionnaire really counts!
4) What is the cost of living?
There hasn’t been a tour where this question didn’t come up. Noting that we are neither realtors nor experts in the rental and housing markets, we do have an understanding of leasing and sale price ranges, and when shared, the overwhelming response has been positive.
Typically, the lifestyle that they thought was a given is reevaluated and their range of choices expanded—which is fun to watch as candidates go through the mental exercise of placing themselves in various settings and environments.
5) What is your favorite place?
In our first post, we named a few of our favorite places. However, after being asked too many times to count, I’ve conceded and share the one place that currently moves and inspires me. It’s the view from top stair at Liberty Memorial overlooking the west side of the city. The paint-colored sunsets at dusk are remarkable.
Again, these questions represent just a few of the conversations you would overhear during a tour, and we are so thankful for the companies that have been first to embrace the idea and helping us add to this list!