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Labor study reviewed during LCDC meeting

John Richmeier

Leavenworth County employers draw their labor force from an area with a population of more than 2 million people.

That is according to a regional labor study that was conducted on behalf of the Leavenworth County Development Corporation.

Jon Roberts discussed the study Thursday during a meeting of LCDC’s Board of Directors.

Roberts works for MarksNelson, the Kansas City, Missouri, firm that conducted the labor study.

Leavenworth County’s labor shed, or the area of its potential workforce, stretches into three metropolitan areas – Kansas City, Lawrence and Topeka.

“You currently are drawing labor from those regions,” Roberts said.

According to the study, 56% of the people who work in Leavenworth County also live in the county. The remaining workforce comes from a number of other counties.

The population of the labor shed is 2.246 million, which is larger than the population of the Kansas City metropolitan area, Roberts said.

Roberts said the population of the labor shed grew by 7% during the last 10 years, which was higher than the national growth rate as well as the growth rates for Kansas and Missouri.

Roberts said people in the labor shed have strong access to a well developed education and training system that include colleges, technical schools and career training programs.

According to the study, the labor shed has strong existing companies and talent pools in industries that include warehouse and distribution, food production and food suppliers and support, advanced and light manufacturing, and bioscience and animal health.

The study also looked at the labor sheds for four specific sites in Leavenworth County – the Leavenworth Business and Technology Park, Lansing Towne Center, the city of Basehor and the Tonganoxie Business Park.

Steve Jack, LCDC’s executive director, said funding for the study, which was completed earlier this year, was provided by the energy company Evergy, Leavenworth County Port Authority and the cities of Leavenworth, Lansing, Basehor and Tonganoxie.

LCDC President Harland Russell said just reading the executive summary for the study made him excited about what Leavenworth County brings to the table.

“I think this tool is going to help us a lot,” he said.

A copy of the labor study can be found on LCDC’s website, lvcountyed.org

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