The Leavenworth County Development Corporation has hired a firm to put together a plan to market the county.

The Leavenworth County Development Corporation has hired a firm to put together a plan to market the county.

Becky Freetly, president of Candid Marketing and Communications, Overland Park, said the plan will include marketing for industrial, residential and commercial development.

She said the plan should be completed by the end of June. Implementation of the plan could cost more than $250,000.

Steve Jack, executive director of the Leavenworth County Development Corporation, said he would recommend that LCDC fund at least the initial phases of the implementation.

He said LCDC could keep digging into its reserves to fund all of the implementation or at some point reach out to other entities such as the county government and local cities.

Freetly reviewed the project Thursday during a meeting of the LCDC Board of Directors.

LCDC is an economic development organization that receives funding from the county and cities of Leavenworth, Lansing and Tonganoxie. LCDC also receives funding through private sector membership.

Jack said LCDC is paying Candid Marketing and Communications $14,500 for the development of the plan.

Fleetly said she met with Jack and community representatives last month. She said there was a consensus that there is a need for proactive marketing.

She noted that new industrial parks soon will be opening in Leavenworth and Tonganoxie. She said community officials need to decide what type of businesses they want in the industrial parks.

Fleetly said the plan being put together will include targeted marketing.

"We'll be doing more direct outreach," she said.

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