Last year, the Leavenworth County Development Corporation received 60 leads for potential business development in the county.

LCDC already has received half that number this year. But the organization’s director acknowledged it will be a challenge to keep up the momentum in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last year, the Leavenworth County Development Corporation received 60 leads for potential business development in the county.

LCDC already has received half that number this year. But the organization’s director acknowledged it will be a challenge to keep up the momentum in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Steve Jack, executive director of LCDC, provided an update about business development leads and prospects Thursday during a meeting of the organization’s Board of Directors. The meeting was conducted using an online video conferencing service because of restrictions related to the coronavirus.

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. Jack said LCDC saw a very positive start to 2020.

He said LCDC has had 30 leads so far. And of those, 15 have turned into what he considers a prospect.

Jacks classifies a lead as a prospect when LCDC responds by submitting information about a building or other site for a potential business development project.

LCDC had a total of 36 prospects last year.

During Thursday’s meeting, Jack reviewed various leads and prospects including something that is referred to as Project Franklin.

Jack has discussed this project before. It involves a manufacturing company that may be interested in building a 90,000 square-foot building in the Leavenworth Business and Technology Park.

“And it looked very promising,” Jack said.

But he said a decision about the project was delayed due to the pandemic. Twitter: @LVTNewsJohnR