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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Company expresses interest in Lansing

  • While Steve Jack acknowledges many potential projects never come to fruition in Leavenworth County, but there has been interest expressed in possibly locating a business with at least 100 jobs in Lansing.
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  • While Steve Jack acknowledges many potential projects never come to fruition in Leavenworth County, but there has been interest expressed in possibly locating a business with at least 100 jobs in Lansing.
    Jack, who's the executive director of the Leavenworth County Development Corporation, said information was requested earlier this month about possible incentives as well as real estate that's available and training capabilities in the area.
    Jack said the LCDC has been dealing with the Kansas Department of Commerce, which was approached by a site location consultant. He said it's still early in the process.
    "We don't know the name of the company," he said.
    He said he doesn't know exactly what the company does, but the business apparently is looking for a location for a shared services center, which would be focused on information technology.
    Jack discussed the project, which is being called Project Nature, Wednesday during a meeting of the Leavenworth County Port Authority.
    He said the center could bring between 100 and 500 jobs to the area with average salaries ranging between $40,000 and $60,000.
    He was updating members of the Port Authority's board and others in attendance about recent activities of the LCDC.
    He said the LCDC received a request for information Oct. 17 with the information due the following day.
    "Incentives were very important to them," he said.
    He said there also was interest in workforce training. He said information was provided about the Kansas City Kansas Community College, which has a center in Leavenworth, and the University of Saint Mary.
    "I felt really good with the information we presented to them," he said.
    He said there are several other sites in Kansas under consideration and there may be other states that are being looked at.
    Jack later said he's always hopeful about such projects but they are competitive.
    "You give it your best shot every time," he said.
    He said "long shots are still shots."

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