February 11, 2016

City schedules economic development symposium, March 11

The city of Gardner has enlisted a group of prominent business leaders to serve on its “Growth by Choice or Chance” Economic Development Symposium panel scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11 at Gardner Edgerton High School, 425 N. Waverly Road. A group of five panelists will offer their expertise and Continue Reading

Chamber director outlines plans to build organization, set long-term goals

Jason Camis Gardner Chamber Director Progress, by its very definition, implies a forward path toward a goal or destination. In our personal lives we live examples of this daily. Faith. Family. Finances. Education. Weight loss. In my experience we often set goals in many of these areas that run the gamut from small (losing one Continue Reading

Committee seeks locale for transload facility

An advisory committee has begun the process of developing criteria to be used in evaluating potential Kansas sites for a transload shipping center. The Transload Facility Site Analysis Advisory Committee had its initial meeting last week with national consultant HDR Inc., which has been hired to conduct a study and develop site selection criteria. Transloading Continue Reading

New businesses open doors in Edgerton over last few years

In his state of the city address, Edgerton Mayor Don Roberts highlighted a number of new businesses that have opened their doors in the community in the last few years. They include: • ACA Catering/A Cup Above 312 E. Nelson From their made from scratch breads and muffins to their sandwiches and food bars, ACA Continue Reading

City officials anticipate more building permits

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com The number of building permits issued in the city of Gardner has steadily increased since 2011, and city planning technician Travis Hulse anticipates the growth to continue this year. In 2004, Gardner issued 443 single family home permits. “(Permit issuance) decreased until it hit rock, and then it continued to go up Continue Reading

City to partner with JCCC for logistics education center

Edgerton will partner with Johnson County Community College and several other public and private entities to create a logistics training center, the Kansas City Business Journal reported on Feb. 12. Officials made the formal announcement at a Southwest Johnson County Economic Development Corporation’s (SWJCEDC) dinner Feb. 11. Along with Edgerton, JCCC, NorthPoint Development, Workforce Partnership, Continue Reading

Goodbye fuel tanks

Underground fuel storage tank was removed February 13, 2015 from the old Gardner Casey’s General Store no. 1 at 632 E Main Street. The fuel pumps and canopy were removed a few days earlier. The business closed after the recent opening of Gardner Casey’s General Store no. 3 at 390 N. Moonlight Road at Madison Continue Reading

World of Wheels

Gardner was well-represented this past weekend at the 55th annual World of Wheels. Gardner resident Chris Parr’s 1956 F-100 Custom is pictured here. Built by local business Kultured Custom Restorations, also of Gardner, this yellow pickup hides a 390 horse-power, Sean Huland 302 engine.

Great Mall to close mid-to-late fall 2015

The Great Mall of the Great Plains will close later this year. Developers of the property announced the closure in a Feb. 16 press release. The 786,000 square-foot mall opened in 1997. At one point, it was home to more than 100 retail shops. “The decision to close was difficult, but one that was guided Continue Reading

Olathe Medical Center announces large expansion

Olathe Medical Center announced the largest expansion in its history last week. According to medical center officials, the expansion will create 200 new jobs in the area. The 250-acre center announced four construction projects worth more than $100 million. The four projects include a new, four-story obstetrics wing with a neonatal intensive care unit, a Continue Reading