Archive for Wednesday, March 14, 2007

New LCDC leader has work ahead

March 14, 2007

Let's roll out the welcome mat for Steve Jack, the new executive director of Leavenworth County Development Corp.

The countywide economic development group has been without an executive since Lynn McClure left late last year, and we hope Jack is up to the task of attracting new industry to the county.

From all indications, Jack is an excellent selection. He's spent more than 20 years in economic development, including his most recent job with the Kansas Department of Commerce.

When Jack was hired, LCDC board chairman Tony Kramer talked about Jack's ability to take Leavenworth County "to the next level" in terms of attracting business. The job won't be easy. The county has a lot to offer, but getting all of the various interested parties pulling in the same way is easier said than done.

We hope Jack can find a way to pull with, rather than against, those competing interests. What's good for Tonganoxie is good for Basehor, Lansing, Leavenworth, Easton and Linwood and vice-versa. If Jack is successful in spreading that message, we're sure he'll be successful in attracting business to our county.

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