Industries & Incentives

The City of Lawrence and Douglas County offer access to opportunity, infrastructure, workforce, and resources that businesses need to be successful. We’re a place where companies of any size have the opportunity to thrive. We are committed to bringing high quality jobs to the region. We welcome and support a broad range of industries and companies looking to locate or expand a business in the Lawrence area. Our highly-educated workforce, accessible Midwest location and the fringe benefits of having a top-tier research university in our backyard makes us a region of choice for start-ups, research and development, technology, bioscience, and every type of entrepreneur.


For the right project and the right company, we can coordinate and assemble an incentive package that best suits the interests of the company and the community.  Local government leaders have a history of using the city and county incentive policies wisely. By doing so, leaders have created an environment where incentives can be used more aggressively now and  in the future.  Incentives ranging from tax credits to customized workforce training are available to companies expanding or locating to the area through the Kansas Department of Commerce, the City of Lawrence and Douglas County. If you’re ready to start, expand, or locate a business in Lawrence, contact Steve Kelly for assistance in accessing the programs that make sense for your business.  Our staff can also help identify incentives that can be combined to create greater financial benefits for your company.