Leavenworth County Port Authority
Leavenworth County Port Authority (LCPA) is a quasi-governmental agency whose primary mission is to assist in the development of economic opportunities via the planning, construction and marketing of industrial property/facilities in Leavenworth County. LCPA was originally established under state statute in 1969. Its original focus was to provide guidance and direction for the development of the port area along the Missouri and Kansas Rivers. As economic development moved away from barge/rail importance, the organization adapted itself to serve additional economic development needs of the community.
LCPA has a board of five members who are appointed jointly by the Board of County Commissioners and the Leavenworth City Commission and serve four year terms. The LCPA is staffed by the Leavenworth County Development Corporation (LCDC). The Port Authority owns two industrial parks – Gary Carlson Business Park in Leavenworth and Urban Hess Business Park in Tonganoxie. Through land sales, development and sale of spec buildings, and project incentives, working through LCDC, the LCPA has played a role in nearly 1,000 jobs in Leavenworth County and more than $32 million in property valuation or announced capital investment.
Together, LCPA and LCDC work side-by-side to provide a seamless economic development portfolio to those interested in doing business in Leavenworth County.