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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Economic summit wraps up

  • One of the organizers of a two-day economic summit believes the event gave local officials a better understanding of the issues.
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  • One of the organizers of a two-day economic summit believes the event gave local officials a better understanding of the issues.
    That's according to Gary Bartek, economic development administrator for the city of Leavenworth.
    His comments came after the second and final session of the City of Leavenworth Economic Summit had concluded Friday afternoon.
    "We discussed the really important issues for Leavenworth," Bartek said.
    He said one of those issues concerns future population growth for the city.
    "We want to make our community attractive to young people and make our community more diverse," Bartek said.
    He said local officials also want to provide housing for every income level.
    Bartek said city officials want to collaborate with the county government and other important stakeholders to reach the best solutions for the community.
    The summit began Thursday afternoon. Both days' sessions were held at the Riverfront Community Center.
    More than 20 people attended the second day's meeting, which had been scheduled to focus on consensus building and future planning.
    Bartek said another important issue is the proper mix of property taxes and sales taxes.
    He said officials are looking to do the next project in the downtown and northeast Leavenworth area. This area was the focus of a redevelopment plan that was adopted by the city in 2010.
    A planned hotel at Fourth Street and Metropolitan Avenue is considered the first project under this plan.
    Bartek said officials do not yet know what the next project will be.

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