Archive for Wednesday, November 19, 2008

LCDC gets feedback from area businesses

Board president named to Kansas City Area Development Council

November 19, 2008

Victoria Rowley is getting Leavenworth County Development Corporation’s name out among businesses in the area.

Rowley, economic development coordinator for LCDC, said Thursday at the organization’s meeting that she was meeting business owners in the county and getting feedback from them.

She said in the past, non-LCDC members weren’t necessarily contacted. But her discussions with business owners has been successful as a handful were not aware of LCDC’s services.

Board member Mike Nixon said it was a good way to communicate with businesses.

“I think the people are more open to her as a third party as opposed to a competitor or someone they don’t want to share information with,” Nixon said.

In other discussion, Tonganoxie City Administrator Mike Yanez suggested looking into what the local communities offer in the way of affordable housing and varying levels of housing as a way to evaluate the workforce and how many people are commuting and so forth.

“It just helps us evaluate our community and maybe side track with some of the existing industries, and share with the communities,” Yanez said.

Basehor City Administrator Carl Slaugh discussed making contact with local businesses.

“Then that gives us perspective to do development from within,” Slaugh said. “That gives us framework to promote them. A lot of items that we’re working on here are new leads. But we can also determine what needs are.”

LCDC also discussed its strategic plan and did a review of its comprehensive/strategic plans roundtable.

In other news, it was reported that LCDC president Tony Kramer was named to the Kansas City Area Development Council board of directors. He will serve for one year beginning this month.

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