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Lawrence ranked second-worst-performing small metro area, according to new national economic index

Which is exactly what engineering schools teach now without some added incentive. The whole point of engineering school is basically to learn how to be a problem solver and think up solutions. Yet they are not staying here anyway, They are going to KC and other big cities with a base to build from.

May 2, 2013 at 5:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence ranked second-worst-performing small metro area, according to new national economic index

You can get an entrepreneur's or business dual degree or minor at many schools. You still have to have a product or a brilliant idea and you can't teach those. I'm all for the starting businesses, but you can't force or teach innovation

May 1, 2013 at 4:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence ranked second-worst-performing small metro area, according to new national economic index

Seriously? It's a town of nearly 100,000 people! Not all of them can commute to Topeka or KC everyday. Perhaps this small town vibe works down on Mass and the Kaw but resisting growth is just ridiculous.

April 30, 2013 at 11:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence ranked second-worst-performing small metro area, according to new national economic index

Which colleges do you speak of? The only decent sized colleges within 60 that I can think of are KU, UMKC, Washburn, and Baker.

April 30, 2013 at 11:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence ranked second-worst-performing small metro area, according to new national economic index

That would be awesome. Problem is, for most engineering degrees, you need a significant amount of experience before you can start an engineering firm on your own. For some you need 5 years to get your PE before you can even start doing projects on your own. Others you don't need the licensure but you need a name or a product that makes waves. Hard to do right out of school. They'd most likely have to go to KC and work for the big guys and then make the decision to return.

April 30, 2013 at 11:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence ranked second-worst-performing small metro area, according to new national economic index

I bet it's because they have one of the few good jobs remaining in the town. Even if a place is broken, an individual can still have nice things and a good life. He/She can still call for change but enjoy their lifestyle.

April 30, 2013 at 10:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence ranked second-worst-performing small metro area, according to new national economic index

Obviously it's not business friendly. Kinda the whole point of this article.

April 30, 2013 at 10:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence ranked second-worst-performing small metro area, according to new national economic index

While that may have played a role, I think it lies just as much with the permanent residents. Manhattan is embracing that it is growing and becoming more than a small town. Lawrence seems to think that it is still a small town and dissuades growth to keep that downtown sheek or something. Manhattan has GTM, many many large retailers went there recently, NBAF is moving in, Dept of Ag is moving in, not to mention KSU president Kirk Schulz is trying to get the the university on a new path to be a premier school (K-State 2025), the athletics at KState are killing it this year. Plus, many of the troops coming back to Ft. Riley live in Ogden or Junction City. It's significantly cheaper. Building boom is happening more there than in Manhattan.

April 30, 2013 at 10:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence ranked second-worst-performing small metro area, according to new national economic index

How is it a positive note that Manhattan wasn't ranked? If it wasn't ranked it wasn't considered and that's likely got nothing to do with it being a subpar city, it's probably the fact that no one would consider it a metropolitan area. I wish we could have the growth here that they are having out there. Maybe then we wouldn't be considered the second worst small metropolitan city!

April 30, 2013 at 11:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

No concealed carry in Lawrence schools

He said they are volunteers. Also, if they are former police or military who are retired or just not working at the time I would bet that the LPD would have little or no problem allowing them to go through the police qualification shooting with them. It would give the police less to be concerned with and they could all be under the command of the SRO. They would of course have to go through some background checks and mental health checks but assuming they pass then it would be all good.

April 28, 2013 at 8:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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