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Lawrence working to secure pilot Metropolitan E-Community

BizFuel, a joint effort with the City of Lawrence, Douglas County, The Chamber, the EDC, the KU Small Business Development Center, and the Lawrence Public Library, is working toward growing small- to medium-sized businesses and building an entrepreneurial ecosystem by working together to have a larger impact. BizFuel partners are now working collectively to secure… Read more

ED staff attends business retention and expansion course

Adam Handshy, Director of Programs & Business Development, recently attended the International Economic Development Council‘s Business Retention & Expansion seminar. The interactive two-day training course explored the core components of a typical BR & E program, plus covered best practices in developing, implementing, and measuring a program. The EDC’s Community Economic Development Strategic Plan includes a… Read more

EDC using new ways to connect with site selectors

The EDC of Lawrence and Douglas County is utilizing new ways to connect with site selectors from across the country to tout Lawrence as the place to be. Previous efforts of the EDC included time and money spent going to out-of-market conferences that consist of very brief face-to-face meetings with consultants. However, in an effort… Read more

Forbes names Lawrence as a 2015 Best Small Place for Business and Careers

Forbes has named Lawrence to its 2015 Best Small Places for Business and Careers. Lawrence came in at No. 5. You can see the entire list here. The other cities included in the top five are The Villages, Fla., Lafayette, Ind., Sioux Falls, S.D., and Bend, Ore. The article says, “Lawrence, home to the University of Kansas,… Read more

National Call Center Expands to Lawrence, Creating 300+ Jobs

USA800, a multi-channel support call center BPO headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, announced today that after a site search across the Midwest, it is opening a new 20,000-sq.-ft. facility in Lawrence, Kansas. The company will create 333 new jobs and invest more than $3.5 million. “As a result of existing customer growth and several large… Read more

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