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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Lewis and Clark Research Institute has become inactive

  • An organization the city of Leavenworth helped launch to stimulate local economic development has become inactive, city officials said.
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    • Story at a glance:
      • The Lewis and Clark Research Institute was established in 2011 as a nonprofit organization designed to stimulate economic development.
      • The agency, however, is no long...
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      Story at a glance:
      • The Lewis and Clark Research Institute was established in 2011 as a nonprofit organization designed to stimulate economic development.

      • The agency, however, is no longer active, Leavenworth city officials said.

      • The city was awarded a $250,000 Small Business Administration grant for the institute, though unspent funds were returned.

      • Research Institute, though inactive, continues to exist and the board will continue to meet several times each year.


  • An organization the city of Leavenworth helped launch to stimulate local economic development has become inactive, city officials said.
    The Lewis and Clark Research Institute continues to exists, but has a "dormant status," said Mayor Pro-Tem Mark Preisinger, a member of the institute's board.
    He said Lewis and Clark no longer has its own downtown office or an executive director.
    "We had no income source," Preisinger said of the institute's financial status.
    Leavenworth City Manager Scott Miller said a federal Small Business Administration grant used to support the organization expired at the end of September. Some unspent funds from the grant had to be returned to the SBA, he said.
    Preisinger said Lewis and Clark was moved to Leavenworth City Hall. The institute's board will continue to meet a couple of times per year, he said.
    The Research Institute was intended to be a key tenant of a research and technology park envisioned in a redevelopment plan the Leavenworth City Commission adopted in 2010.
    That same year, the city was awarded a $250,000 grant from the federal Small Business Administration.
    A portion of the grant was designated for setting up the Research Institute.
    Lewis and Clark was incorporated with the Kansas Secretary of State's Office in January 2011 as a nonprofit organization, according to records on the Secretary of State's website.
    A 2012 announcement about a search for an institute director stated Lewis and Clark was established to facilitate "educational, scientific and industrial research, promoting societal well being and benefiting the community."
    The institute was intended to be regional and national in scope.
    The city's 2010 redevelopment plan focused on downtown and northeast Leavenworth.
    The plan envisioned the development of a business or technology park near Fort Leavenworth that could be marketed to defense contractors.
    In 2011, the city established a tax increment financing district in north Leavenworth called the North Gateway Redevelopment District. The district is located between Fourth and Seventh streets and Metropolitan Avenue and Pawnee Street.
    Tax increment financing is a method by which tax money generated through an increase in assessed valuation can be used to pay for things such as acquiring property, demolishing buildings and infrastructure improvements.
    A hotel being constructed at Fourth Street and Metropolitan Avenue is the first tax increment financing project within the district.

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