For the Leavenworth County Development Corporation, 2013 was a good year, and things may continue to be on an upswing in 2014, the organization's president said.
LCDC President Blaine Weeks spoke Friday about some of the economic development organization's success stories from 2013. His comments came during LCDC's annual membership meeting.
He said LCDC had a hand in projects that resulted in 58 new jobs and more than $22 million in capital investment in Leavenworth County.
"These accomplishments are achievable when we all work together," Weeks said.
About 100 people attended Friday's meeting at the Riverfront Community Center. Attendees included local business leaders and elected officials.
"Speaking with one voice and working together makes us much more effective in growing our community," Weeks said.
He reviewed projects from the last year in which LCDC provided services to businesses that opened in the county and existing businesses that expanded.
He highlighted other important activities from the past year, including improvements to the Gary Carlson Business Park in Leavenworth and a business park in Tonganoxie.
Weeks also noted that LCDC partnered with the Hallmark Cards plant and Eisenhower VA Medical Center in Leavenworth for Classroom to Career events for local high school students.
Friday's meeting also included remarks from Bryan Adams, a client results executive for the
North Kansas City, Mo., based Cerner Corporation.
He discussed the potential for growth in science, technology, engineering and mathematics jobs in places such as Leavenworth County.
Adams, who lives in Leavenworth County, said the outer boundaries of metropolitan areas are seeing more economic growth than the center of major cities.
Several members of the LCDC Board were elected to serve additional three-year terms during Friday's meeting. One new member, Brian Habjan, was elected to the board.
Rick Schneider, nominating chairman, said serving on the board requires sacrifices from the business owners and community leaders who join the organization.
"Those sacrifices help ensure the economic health of the community and overall economic growth," he said.