Archive for Wednesday, May 14, 2008

LCDC seeks to attract members

May 14, 2008

Leavenworth County Development Corp. wants to attract more business associates.

LCDC president Tony Kramer questioned during the group's monthly meeting Thursday whether there were additional "niches" the group's membership committee could utilize to draw more members to LCDC.

Kramer suggested focusing on bringing in defense contractors like Northrop Grumman Corp. on post at Fort Leavenworth, for example.

"We need to be looking at members outside of our county, too, because they're the ones that are going to bring new business in," added Bill Petrie, a Leavenworth banker and former LCDC executive director.

LCDC members also reviewed the group's various social functions handled by its membership committee.

Members were generally supportive of keeping in place social events such as LCDC's annual golf tournament, casino night and VIP event.

Kramer said the events were geared toward "building rapport" with existing members and "networking" with potential new members.

Andrea Adkins, a current member of the LCDC marketing committee, suggested allotting some money from the membership budget for more personal one-on-one visits with site location specialists or developers.

"Why not spend $150 or something like that to have five or six people go out to dinner and really have some one-one-one contact with one another," Adkins said, as opposed to spending $4,000 or $5,000 for a single, large-scale event.

Also Thursday, in an prospect report of businesses expressing interest in locating in Leavenworth, LCDC Executive Director Steve Jack noted Project Solid, a company looking to locate a concrete batch plant that was referred to sites in Basehor and Lansing, and Project Queen, a Missouri company looking for an approximately 10,000-square-foot office location with a small warehouse in the county.

Jack also announced that Kelly Williams LLC has begun construction on the company's first of three 9,000-square-foot buildings on a 2.5-acre lot in the Gary Carlson Industrial Park, north of Eisenhower Road in Leavenworth.

The buildings will be used for light manufacturing.

In municipal reports Thursday:

¢ Basehor City Administrator Carl Slaugh said designs for the city's new wastewater treatment plant are about a month away from completion.

¢ Tonganoxie City Administrator Mike Yanez said he anticipates a grand opening for the city's new water park on June 14, in conjunction with the annual Tonganoxie Days celebration.

¢ Lansing City Administrator Mike Smith updated LCDC members on recent events in the city, including a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new city park on Gilman Road east of Kansas Highway 7 and this year's Lansing DAZE festivities.

Smith also noted that Lansing's annual golf tournament would be June 6 at the Leavenworth Country Club.

¢ County Commissioner J.C. Tellefson said final copies of the Leavenworth County Comprehensive Land Use Plan have been distributed to local officials. The county Planning Commission and comprehensive plan committee will meet jointly to make a recommendation to Leavenworth County commissioners in regard to the plan on May 28.

Tellefson also said construction bids for the County Road 1 project in southern Leavenworth County were to be opened Tuesday, May 13, with members of the Kansas Turnpike Authority.

¢ Leavenworth Mayor Lisa Weakley introduced the city's new economic development coordinator, Andrea Adkins.


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