Jack honored at retirement reception

Friends and colleagues took the opportunity last week to pay tribute to the outgoing director of Leavenworth County Development Corporation.

Steve Jack is retiring as CEO of the economic development organization after nearly 15 years on the job.

“We will reap the benefits of Steve’s 15 years for years to come,” said Harland Russell.

Russell is a member of LCDC’s executive committee and previously served as president of the organization.

Jack’s last official day with LCDC will be December 31st. But he was honored Friday at a retirement reception.

Josh Hoppes, chairman of the LCDC board of directors, called Jack “one of the region’s most respected economic development professionals.”

Hoppes said LCDC is an organization that “hits well above its weight class.” And he credited Jack with helping attract the biggest economic development project in Leavenworth County history.

Earlier this year, officials at Hill’s Pet Nutrition announced the company would build a factory in Tonganoxie Business Park. Officials initially said the company would invest $ 250 million in the plant. But it is now believed that the investment will be closer to $ 325 million.

Russell also credited Jack for his work on the Hill’s Pet Nutrition Project. Russell admitted that many people were involved in the project.

“But Steve worked his tail,” said Russell.

Dan Gutshall, deputy chairman of the Leavenworth County Port Authority, said there was a lot of exciting things to come to the county because of Jack.

The Port Authority is a partner organization of LLCM.

“His leadership will be sorely missed,” said Gutshall.

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