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Our team at the Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC) has long valued our partnership with the team at the Lawrence EDC.  We know that whether we ask for a project data response or need assistance with a client hosting opportunity, the Lawrence EDC team is going to deliver at the highest level of professionalism.  We know that we are only as good as our partners—we are fortunate that the Lawrence team is consistently at the top of their game.

Tim Cowden
President & CEO
Kansas City Area Development Council


Our staff is in tune with the current regional business climate and has accurate knowledge of the business community. If your company needs to expand its current space, find a spot for a relocation expansion or second location, or wants assistance with regulations and permits, the EDC can help.

Existing businesses in Lawrence and Douglas County have significant impact on our area’s job opportunities and future growth. We have provided assistance to local companies ready to expand their facilities, grow their employee base, and invest capital in our community. Our staff is ready to listen to the needs of your business and be responsive to specific requirements. No expansion is one size fits all!

Expansion Services:

  • Help identify potential incentive programs at the local, state, and federal level
  • Assist with regulations and permits for planning, zoning, and building
  • Identify sites for relocation expansions or additional locations
  • Flexibility in guidance for the specific needs of your business

Recent Expansions:

  • Standard Beverage: Expansion included state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing.
  • Plastikon (plastics manufacturing): multiple phase project. Phase I included at 50,000 sq. ft. expansion in East Hills Business Park. The total estimate for investment in Phase I and II is $7.3 million.
  • Grandstand Glassware + Apparel (manufacturing): $5 million expansion in East Hills Business Park, adding 112,000 sq. ft. and 50 jobs.
  • Hilary’s Eat Drink Well (food manufacturing): $1.5 million expansion
  • Berry Global

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EDC of Lawrence & Douglas County
718 New Hampshire St. Lawrence, KS 66044