Who We Are and What We Do
Leavenworth County Development Corporation (LCDC) is a 501(c)(6) public private organization whose primary mission is to facilitate the creation and retention of jobs and capital investment in Leavenworth County. The organization was originally established in 1981 by a group of visionary business leaders who understood the importance of diversifying the local tax base and having an agency in place that could assist in the development of stronger economic opportunities. LCDC has 3 full time employees and are governed by a board of directors. Much of the direction for the organization is provided by its strong volunteer base and outstanding governmental/community leadership.
Leavenworth County Port Authority (LCPA) is a quasi governmental agency whose primary mission is to assist in the development of economic opportunities via the planning, construction and marketing of industrial property/facilities in Leavenworth County. This organization serves at the pleasure of the Board of County Commissioners. LCPA was originally established under state statute in 1969. Its original focus was to provide guidance and direction for the development of the port area along the Missouri and Kansas Rivers, however as economic development moved away from barge/rail importance, the organization adapted itself to serve additional needs of the community. LCPA has a board of 5, and is staffed by LCDC. The direction the organization follows is provided by its board of directors and that of the county commissioners.
Together these organizations work side-by-side to provide a seamless economic development portfolio to those interested in doing business in Leavenworth County.
LCDC 2012 Board of Directors
- President: Mike Nixon
Vice-President: Dean Weddum
Treasurer: Blaine Weeks
Past President: Chuck Peterson
At-Large: David Schroeder
Lloyd Martley, Jr. – Interim City Administrator, City of Basehor
Mike Smith – City Administrator, City of Lansing
Scott Miller – City Manager, City of Leavenworth
Nathan McCommon – City Administrator, City of Tonganoxie
John Flower – Chairman, Leavenworth County Commission
Ed Chapman, Jr. – Leavenworth County Port Authority
- Blake Waters – President, Basehor Chamber of Commerce
Jennifer Daly – President, Leavenworth-Lansing Chamber of Commerce
Jeff Clinger – Interim President, Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce
Wendy Scheidt – Executive Director, Leavenworth Main Street
- Chairman: Terry Andrews
Vice Chairman: Bill New
Treasurer: Charlie Hill
Secretary: Ed Chapman, Jr.
At Large Member: J.C. Tibbetts