The Leavenworth County Development Corporation has had a “challenging, but busy month,” according to the organization’s director.

The Leavenworth County Development Corporation has had a “challenging, but busy month,” according to the organization’s director.

Steve Jack, executive director of LCDC, spoke Thursday during a meeting of the group’s Board of Directors.

The LCDC typically has luncheon meetings each month. But Thursday’s meeting was conducted using an online videoconferencing service because of social distancing requirements and prohibitions against large gatherings.

“These are crazy times without a doubt,” LCDC President Harland Russell said.

LCDC is a nonprofit economic development organization that receives funding from several cities in Leavenworth County as well as the county government. The organization also receives support from area businesses and other organizations.

With all of the craziness resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, LCDC has had a project that resulted in a business coming to the county, Jack said.

“It’s a small one,” he said of the project.

Jack said a company named Wilson Glass from St. Joseph, Missouri, has purchased land at the Urban Hess Business Center in Tonganoxie with plans to build a 5,000 square-foot manufacturing facility.

The company plans to employ four people at the facility to begin with and this could expand to 10 employees.

The company purchased the 1.5-acre parcel in the Urban Hess Business Center from the Leavenworth County Port Authority. The Port Authority is a partner organization of LCDC.

“We closed on that parcel on March 17,” Jack said.

During Thursday’s meeting, Jack reviewed leads for business development that recently have come to LCDC. He also reviewed ongoing projects.

One of the ongoing projects is known as Project Franklin. According to Jack, the project involves a manufacturer interested in building a 90,000 square-foot facility in the Leavenworth Business and Technology Park.

Officials with the company met with representatives of the state, city of Leavenworth and LCDC in late February.

Jack said the project is considered to be on the back burner for now because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’m still hopeful that something can happen on that,” he said.

Jack said LCDC staff members have been working from home during the last three weeks.

He noted that a page has been created for the LCDC website that provides information about resources during the COVID-19 crisis. He said this page is frequently updated.

The LCDC website can be found at

Russell said he hopes LCDC board members will be able to return to having in-person meetings soon. He said the next LCDC board meeting is scheduled for May 14.

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