Chamber says Eudora draws industry interest
In the past several months, the Intech Business Park has drawn attention from two businesses interested in locating in the area, said Lynn Parman, the Lawrence-Douglas County Chamber of Commerce's vice president.
"I will tell you, Intech Park is a great park," Parman said in her quarterly report to the Eudora City Council. When representatives from the Chamber visited the Council this summer to open lines of communication with Eudora, they offered to update the Council throughout the year on the Chamber's activities and level of interest expressed in Eudora.
Parman said 24 of the past 37 businesses that contacted the Chamber were looking to relocate to the county in general, not specifically in Lawrence.
"From our perspective, activity levels are really good," Parman said. "I think the economy is really starting to turn around. We feel like since the economy is coming back, we'll start to see those numbers coming back up."
She also offered a way Eudora could boost its drawing power through the Chamber's Web site, www.lawrencechamber.com, which includes a site and building database.
"It's a way to showcase the community and what's available," Parman said. "The more sites and buildings you have available, the better chances you have."
If Eudora wants to attract more businesses, she said the community would have to think about size and availability of sites in planning.
"One hundred percent of people starting their search ask, 'Do you have a building with x-square footage?' or some other type of specification," Parman said.
However, the Chamber is also doing its part to pump up Eudora, too. By next spring, the Chamber will have outdated marking materials that didn't mention Eudora, Baldwin City or Lecompton replaced with materials that reflect Douglas County as a whole.
The Chamber will also survey businesses across the county, including Eudora, to get a feel for how businesses are doing and how the Chamber is doing its job. As the Chamber updates its strategic plan, Parman said it was taking into consideration suggestions Eudorans made last summer.