The Leavenworth County Development Corporation has approved its budget for 2018. And the budget for the economic development organization shows a decrease in funding from cities in the county.

The Leavenworth County Development Corporation has approved its budget for 2018. And the budget for the economic development organization shows a decrease in funding from cities in the county.

The $304,631 budget was approved Thursday during a meeting of the LCDC Board of Directors.

Steve Jack, executive director for LCDC, noted that the budgeted revenue from municipalities for this year had been reduced by $10,083. That is because the city of Basehor is not contributing to the organization this year.

LCDC officials were notified in November that the city of Basehor would not renew its participation with the organization for 2018.

At the time, Basehor City Administrator Lloyd Martley Jr. said LCDC focuses heavily on industrial business development, but city officials are looking for other types of commercial development.

LCDC President David Schroeder has said LCDC will work to bring Basehor back to the organization.

The cities of Leavenworth, Lansing and Tonganoxie continue to contribute to LCDC. The Leavenworth County government also provides funding to LCDC.

LCDC also receives financial support through private sector membership.

The LCDC budget for this year includes $15,000 for marketing and promotions. Had Basehor continued its participation with LCDC, the amount budgeted for marketing and promotions would be $25,000, Jack said.

During Thursday's meeting, LCDC Vice President Harland Russell encouraged others in attendance to reach out to local elected officials regarding the importance of LCDC.

“Let's educate people,” he said.

Russell encouraged people to make sure that elected officials know what LCDC does.

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