Our Work
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Because systems-level impact doesn't happen overnight and only happens with intentional, collaborative effort, the Partnership is guided by long-range thinking and results-focused action.


We created a platform for problem-solving leadership and civic engagement through initiatives like Lawrence LEADS the Lawrence Partnership Network, while also catalyzing direct economic opportunities through programs like the Revolving Test Kitchen, small business coalition and Venture Loan Fund.


We support cross-sector collaboration and advocate for key policies and resources that address the root causes of economic stagnation, reduce barriers to investment and opportunity, and increase connectivity and development of solutions that benefit people in Lawrence.

Multi-Year Initiatives

We have many projects in process, ranging from complex multi-year initiatives to short-term solutions. We consistently aim to identify and scope new possibilities with the potential to bring significant expansion of opportunities to our residents, as well as the economy of Lawrence.

Small Business

Entrepreneurs and new business are crucial to our economic growth. To that end, the Lawrence Partnership has created formal programs providing access to both financing and technical expertise on all aspects of starting and running a business.


The Training Consortium’s mission is to connect regional employers with the talent they need to fuel growth. A demand-driven initiative, we have identified the most urgent needs of local industries, and is currently building training and career paths for area residents to target hard-to-fill jobs.