Lawrence made it to the final four — but fell just short — in its efforts to land a new plant that would manufacture components for wind turbines.
Beth Johnson, vice president of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, confirmed Tuesday that a German-based wind energy company recently notified Lawrence leaders that the city no longer was being considered for the project that would have added 250 jobs to the community.
Lawrence was one of four cities that were being considered for the project, Johnson said. One other Kansas city remains in the running for the plant. An announcement has not yet been made.
In Lawrence, Johnson said the company was considering an 87-acre site that is just east of the East Hills Business Park. Johnson said company representatives told her transportation concerns, including access to the park from the west, were a major reason Lawrence was dropped from consideration.
Johnson said she was encouraged that Lawrence made it deep into the review process. She said the exposure should make it more likely that Lawrence will be considered for other green energy projects in the future.