Local officials are hoping to attract a business to Leavenworth that would bring more than 500 jobs to the community.

Local officials are hoping to attract a business to Leavenworth that would bring more than 500 jobs to the community.

Steve Jack, executive director of the Leavenworth County Development Corporation, said the new Leavenworth Business and Technology Park is under consideration for a company that is looking for a location for a North American headquarters and manufacturing facility.

Since the beginning of November, people associated with the site search have visited Leavenworth twice.

And local officials already have made one presentation to people associated with the project. A second presentation is scheduled for next week.

“We’re excited about it,” Jack said.

He provided an update about the project Wednesday during a meeting of the LCDC Board of Directors.

For now, Jack is not releasing details about the specific company involved. The project is being referred to as Project Precision.

According to Jack, the company is looking for a site with more than 50 acres. The project would bring 565 jobs to the area with an average salary of more than $55,000.

“With nearly 600 jobs and a $100 million investment, the benefits from a project like this would stretch well beyond the Leavenworth city limits,” City Manager Paul Kramer said. “We are talking about high-quality, well-paid administrative and manufacturing jobs that would bring diversification of the economy and significant growth to our county.”

Kramer said city officials have signed non-disclosure agreements that prevent them from releasing too many details about the project. He said the city would have been immediately eliminated from the site selection process if local officials had not signed such an agreement.

“As soon as we are able, we will share the company name and project details with the community,” he said.

The Leavenworth Business and Technology Park is not the only site under consideration for the project.

“They’re looking at multiple states,” Jack said.

He said a decision may be made sometime after the first of year.

If the Leavenworth Business and Technology Park is selected, the project likely would take up the bulk of the park.

The 81.91-acre Leavenworth Business and Technology Park, which is located off of Eisenhower Road, opened this summer.

Last year, the Leavenworth City Commission entered into a real estate and development agreement with JMK Partners and Leavenworth Excavating and Equipment Co. The city purchased the land from JMK Partners at a cost of about $1.2 million. And JMK Partners and Leavenworth Excavating and Equipment Co. developed the site into the business and technology park for about $8.5 million.

The total cost of the project was $9.7 million. The Leavenworth County government provided $4.8 million in funding for the project. The city paid for the remaining cost of the project.

“Without the park, the county could not compete for projects like this,” Kramer said.

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