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County agrees to support bioscience project

July 10, 2008

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A bioscience incubator project received more than just vocal support on Wednesday night from the Douglas County Commission.

Commissioners voted unanimously to provide $75,000 annually to a proposal to develop a life sciences incubator for a period up to 10 years. The city of Lawrence earlier this week agreed to do the same.

The city and county had already heard the proposal outlined a few weeks ago.

"I remain fine with this," Commissioner Charles Jones said.

"I think this is pretty exciting," Commissioner Bob Johnson said.

The project involves constructing a building on Kansas University's West Campus to be called the Lawrence Regional Life Sciences Incubator. The 20,000-square-foot building would provide office and laboratory space for startup companies in pharmaceutical development and other life science fields.

The incubator project originated with the Lawrence-Douglas County Biosciences Authority, formed in 2005 by the city, county and Lawrence Chamber of Commerce to develop infrastructure that would encourage new bioscience companies to move here.

In addition to the city and county funding, Lawrence-Douglas County Biosciences intends to provide $500,000. KU is asked to commit $2 million and land, and the Kansas Bioscience Authority will be asked to commit $4 million.

Use of the city and county funding is contingent on acquiring all of the other funding.

The incubator would be managed by the Lawrence Technology Center, a nonprofit group that provides business development services to technology companies. A strategic management staff would be hired to handle early planning issues and work with the startup companies, said Matthew McClorey, president of the technology center.

LaVerne Epp, chairman of the Lawrence-Douglas County authority, said he hopes the state bioscience authority would approve the $4 million in the fall. Construction on the building could then begin soon and be completed 10 to 12 months later. He hopes the building will be completed in 2010.

In other business, commissioners approved a low bid of $1.109 million from King Construction Co., of Oskaloosa, to reconstruct Douglas County Route 1055 in Baldwin City from Orange Street to Indiana Street.

Comments

max1 5 years, 9 months ago

Hey, not_holroyd, shouldn't you be out poisoning the planet?There is a lot of nature out there for you to kill, so you had better get started!

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max1 5 years, 9 months ago

"Heck, a couple of years Graham County had the grand total of one building permit for the entire year." -not_holroydhttp://www2.ljworld.com/news/2008/jul..."Some people drive through the Flint Hills and say, 'What is this about?' But to me it's more beautiful than the mountains. It's spiritual," says Debby Hird. "We went to the Symphony in the Flint Hills, and I just cried the entire time. It is so gorgeous. I mean, look at this sky - we have wide open spaces." http://www2.ljworld.com/users/not_holroyd/comments/"Another good thing about Decatur County, Kansas, Hawk, is that some things out there are abundant and worthless." -not_holroyd http://www.city-data.com/county/Graham_County-KS.htmlGraham County, KansasCounty population in 2005: 2,721Crime in 2005 Murders: 0Rapes: 0Robberies: 0Assaults: 0Crime in 2004Murders: 0Rapes: 0Robberies: 0Assaults: 0

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igby 5 years, 9 months ago

What up with the Spec building at the East Hills business park. It was built in 2002, by DCDI . Now its worth about half of what it cost to build it. The tax payers will have to eat this deal too.

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repaste 5 years, 9 months ago

Why county money? Is this Delphia people re-configured? Do city or county comishs have financial stake? Anyone have real story?

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bobberboy 5 years, 9 months ago

Sounds like a GREAT idea - let's all get behind this. If everyone would stop pissing away their money on gas guzzling vehicals you would have more money to help build your community.

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Boston_Corbett 5 years, 9 months ago

K-State did this years ago, and it has worked out well. We should have done it then too. Unless you aren't for new high-tech jobs, which I know some people are not.

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Godot 5 years, 9 months ago

Pointing out that the city, county and state are funneling millions of dollars to the University through this biosciences lab is simply stating the obvious.

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not_holroyd 5 years, 9 months ago

"They have convinced me that now the county is not resident friendly either."Just another sign that someone ought to sell his underappraised, undertaxed property and move out to...Graham County Kansas, where there are lots of nice neighbors and no neighborhood associations, roundabouts, universities, or bioscience initiatives. Take Godot while you are at it. Godot has a hate-thing going on with the university all the time.No growth to worry about. Heck, a couple of years Graham County had the grand total of one building permit for the entire year. Ought to sound like bliss to Hawk.Pet your dogs and say hi to your neighbor. Lawrence is a wonderful place.

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consumer1 5 years, 9 months ago

Vluable, loyal employees of the county are going to lose their jobs because of this stupidity.

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hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 9 months ago

So who owns the buidling that we are donating the money to? The taxpayers of the county did this some 20 years ago when the land was bought for East Hills business park. That was $750,000. Is there some magic in $750,000 all of the time? They have convinced me that now the county is not resident friendly either.

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Chris Ogle 5 years, 9 months ago

Bob Johnson said " I'm pretty excited about this"Well... Mr. Johnson, I am paying too much in taxes.Wake up!!!! We (the taxpayers) are going broke...get it

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Godot 5 years, 9 months ago

Actually, logrithmic, they are transferring money from cash-poor state, county and city budgets to funnel nearly $5,000,000 to KU.

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logrithmic 5 years, 9 months ago

Sure, we're going to increase the mill levy and give the money to a particular type of business. Thank you taxpayers!Meanwhile all of you entrepreneurs who do not or have not received "seed money," tough. We're raising your taxes too....

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