Kingston welcome addition to city
Eudora received good news last month when it was learned Lawrence businessman Dick Johnson was relocating his Kingston Printing Inc. to Eudora.
The move won't mean a quick, dramatic change for a city desperate to widen its tax base beyond homeowners. The Kansas Legislature agreed last year business machinery and equipment would be moved off property taxes rolls and the building was subject to assessment based on its market value occupied or not. But the old M-PACT Worldwide building will look much nicer and make a better advertisement for Eudora filled and surrounded by cars than the current a very visible deserted parking lot in Intech Business Park.
We would assume most of the Kingston's labor force lives in Lawrence, but we would second Eudora Mayor Tom Pyle's expressed hope that some of those employees move to Eudora and agree with his observation that a coming expansion could make more jobs available to city residents.
But the real benefit to Eudora should be Kingston's staff and owners. Their presence in Eudora will mean more visitors to the city's restaurants, more customers for businesses (studies have shown, for example, people tend to buy car parts near where they work, not where they live), and a small impetus toward more businesses.
But more than that, they could do much to enrich Eudora by participating in the community, its institutions and events as truly involved corporate citizens. In a city this size, that commitment could be more meaningful than any economic benefit.