Lawrence =Prosperity

About Us - EDC of Lawrence & Douglas County

Our Vision

Lawrence and Douglas County will have the region’s top performing economy and be recognized as the best place to live, learn, play, work, and do business.

Mission Statement

Promote economic development in Lawrence and Douglas County through the retention of existing businesses and industries, the support and expansion of existing and new entrepreneurial business opportunities, and the attraction of new high-wage business and industry. This will be accomplished by providing the resources that enable development and presenting Lawrence and Douglas County as the preferred industrial, commercial, and residential choice.

See the 2015-2016 Community Economic Development Strategic Plan here.

Our Mission

  • Strengthen an economic development partnership to support and assure the participation of all key public and private sector players.

  • Increase living wage jobs created by local businesses and improve levels in assessed values of businesses and property tax collections in Douglas County.

  • Develop programming that supports entrepreneurs and startups.

  • Develop a strategy to support the development of a regional food system infrastructure.

  • Support new and existing business workforce needs by delivering workforce with appropriate and in-demand skill sets.

  • Broaden employment base and promote new business opportunities in Douglas County.

Our Services

  • In-depth analysis of the region’s available workforce
  • Assistance in identifying and accessing available incentives
  • Current demographic information
  • Liaison services with local government agencies
  • Personal tours of the region and available locations
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Locations and Directions


Douglas County is located in Northeastern Kansas. The county’s largest city, Lawrence, is just 30 minutes southwest of Kansas City.

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