Businesses show increased interest in Douglas Co.
In 2002, just 43 businesses inquired about locating in Douglas County. Last year, the Lawrence-Douglas County Chamber of Commerce had 119 such inquiries.
Although Alicia Janesko, of the Chamber, attributed some of that to the market, she said it also had a lot to do with direct mailings and trade shows through which Douglas County marketed itself.
"We're getting the Douglas County name out there," Janesko said.
Last year also saw 313 new jobs created in Douglas County and $41 million invested through wages, real estate and new equipment, although that number echoed the previous year's.
The Chamber's manager of existing business programs Tawnya Johnson said the group was also concentrating its efforts on retaining local businesses and encouraging them to do more locally.
"There are businesses in Eudora that have people making decisions who aren't here in town," Johnson said.
However, she said a report showed most businesses did research and development locally. The Chamber also hoped to capitalize on the resources provided by area colleges as well as looking more at the national and international markets.
Johnson said workforce development -- such as bringing vocational education to Douglas County -- would be another priority.