Eco devo group hires new leader
LAD official to begin work in August
Leavenworth Area Development did not have to look any further than Gladstone, Mo., to find its new executive director.
Lynn McClure, Gladstone's economic development administrator, will begin work as LAD's top administrator on Aug. 2.
"He is going to be an excellent addition to Leavenworth County," said Bill Petrie, LAD executive committee vice president who chaired the search committee. "He is qualified to take our group to the next step."
McClure said that he accepted the position for three reasons.
He is excited about stepping up to the county level and advancing his career, he feels the proximity to the metropolitan area and the makeup of the county will provide for growth, and he enjoys the Midwest.
"My wife and I are tremendously excited about it," McClure said. "It is a big step for us. We love the area ... the ruralness and convenience the county offers."
McClure said he plans to leave Gladstone July 23, take a week off and then begin work with LAD. He said he also plans to move his family within the county.
"I've spent 10 years of my career working on economic development issues and incentives," he said. "I am primed and ready for this career the first Monday in August."
Petrie said a search committee comprised of LAD board members, representatives from each city in the county and the Leavenworth Port Authority jointly made the call to hire McClure. The applicant pool of 23 candidates was trimmed to five who were interviewed by the committee. At that point, the list was shortened to two candidates to be interviewed by the cities and the county but the other candidate did not choose to complete that process, Petrie said. Thus, McClure was awarded the position.
"Lynn was head and shoulders above the rest of the pack," Petrie said.
McClure said he expects that an initial period of time to get to know the focus and members of LAD will be necessary to allow him to adjust to his new role. However, he did say he knows that transportation and infrastructure are areas that will need to be monitored, along with residential and commercial growth. LAD will need to continue to address those issues as well as plan for accommodating and facilitating growth, he said.
"None of these things are new to residents of the area," he said. "But if you don't focus on the issues, you get left behind."