The Southwest Johnson County Kansas Economic Development Corporation’s board of directors announced that Greg Martinette will assume the role of president, succeeding Tom Riederer. Riederer, who has led the EDC since October 2006, will stay with the organization through the end of February 2015.
“Tom has done a tremendous job during his time in Southwest Johnson County. We appreciate all of his hard work and dedication to the region,” said Chip Corcoran, chairman. “When Tom announced his plans to retire in May 2014, we formed a selection committee to find his replacement. After an exhaustive search, we found the most qualified candidate to lead the organization: Greg Martinette. Greg brings with him a wealth of knowledge, contacts and experience in economic development and we are excited about his vision for the future of the EDC and the region.”
Martinette has more than 20 years of experience leading successful EDC entities and initiatives. He is skilled in managing high-profile projects with exceptional detail and professionalism. Since 2000, Martinette has served the economic development needs of small to mid-sized communities and handled special projects outsourced by large economic development agencies. Most recently, Martinette led the Clay County Economic Development Alliance and served a key economic development role for the City of Grain Valley, Mo.
“I am excited about the possibilities in Southwest Johnson County,” said Martinette. “My track record of developing and implementing high-quality programs and proven ability to communicate clearly with team members, clients, elected officials and investors is a great match for Southwest Johnson County EDC. I look forward to the opportunities to grow with the organization, the communities it serves and all of the regional stakeholders.”Martinette assumed the position of President on January 15, 2015.

Members of the EDC President selection committee included:

• Chip Corcoran, board Chair
• Chris Herre, board member – private sector representative
• Beth Linn, board member – City of Edgerton representative
• Cheryl Harrison-Lee, board member – City of Gardner representative
• Colin McKee, board member – Johnson County Airport Commission representative

About Southwest Johnson County EDC A collaboration among the Kansas cities of Gardner, Edgerton and New Century AirCenter, the economic development organization in Southwest Johnson County is responsible for landing businesses and driving growth. A community-minded organization, Southwest Johnson County EDC packages, markets and sells the region locally, regionally, nationally and beyond. As the central distribution point with national and international access to transportation of goods via land, air and rail, Southwest Johnson County is at the intersection of connection.