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Assistant City ManagerTaylour Tedder,
Assistant City Manager
100 N 5th St
Leavenworth, KS 66048
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Economic Development

Leavenworth Business & Technology Park Research and Recommendation Report by Newmark Grubb Zimmer

The City and its partners, continuously work to diversify the area's economy in an organized, concerted effort to promote commercial, industrial and retail development. 

Leavenworth is considered an outer-ring suburb of Kansas City, Missouri and is a full-service community. Leavenworth is home to Fort Leavenworth, U.S. Federal Penitentiary at Leavenworth and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Veterans Affairs Medical Center, part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Eastern Kansas Health Care System. Major employers include Cereal Ingredients, Hallmark Cards, Corrections Corporation of America, as well as the Armed Forces Insurance Center.
Downtown North Leavenworth Redevelopment Area - The Downtown / North Leavenworth Redevelopment Master Plan is intended to provide a general vision and guidance for the physical design and development associated with future investments by both the private and public sector. The master plan establishes the basic framework for improvements to enhance the appearance of the area, the pursuit of quality redevelopment projects, and strengthen access to, through and within Leavenworth's core area. These improvements are designed to foster a strong sense of pride within the community, and to provide the foundation for future cooperative efforts towards community building among the leadership of Leavenworth, the citizens, and potential investors.
The City of Leavenworth partners with many organizations to promote economic development.
  • Leavenworth Main Street, Inc. focuses on development in the downtown business district.
  • Leavenworth County Development Corporation works to promote development in Leavenworth County.
  • The Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce works to promote business interests locally and at the state level.
  • The First City Development Corporation offers business loans to Leavenworth entrepreneurs. First City Development Corporation is a Network Kansas E-Community member and is making loans to entrepreneurs for new business expansion within the City Limits of Leavenworth. The application can be downloaded here.
Matching Grants
New and existing commercial, retail, or industrial businesses may be reimbursed 50% of the costs for development of their business. Owners may be eligible for a dollar-for-dollar matching grant up to $5,000 for single unit locations and up to $15,000 for multi-tenant locations. Click here for more information.
Low-Interest Loans
The Grow Leavenworth County Development Corporation offers business loans to entrepreneurs. Grow Leavenworth County Development Corporation is a Network Kansas E-Community member and is making loans to entrepreneurs for new business expansion within the City Limits of Leavenworth, and Leavenworth County. Click here to apply
Economic Development Incentives
On February 28, 2017, the City Commission approved an Economic Development Incentives Policy. This policy is a document intended to assist developers, business owners, and other parties in determining what incentives they may qualify for. Please review the document and contact Taylour Tedder, Assistant City Manager, for more Economic Development incentives information at or 913-680-2602.
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