Members of the Southwest Johnson County Economic Development held their annual meeting at the Regnier Center at Johnson County Community College last month. Last year was reviewed and initiatives for 2016 were discussed. Submitted photo

Members of the Southwest Johnson County Economic Development held their annual meeting at the Regnier Center at Johnson County Community College last month. Last year was reviewed and initiatives for 2016 were discussed. Submitted photo


After unprecedented economic development investment in 2015, Southwest Johnson County should expect to see continued steady growth in 2016. That’s the message investors heard from Greg Martinette, Southwest Johnson County Economic Development Corporation president and CEO at the EDC’s annual meeting Feb. 17 at Johnson County Community College’s Regnier Center.
“We expect to make significant project announcements in our partner communities of Gardner, Edgerton and New Century AirCenter in 2016, as more companies continue to see the value in a Southwest Johnson County location,” Martinette said.
About 100 investors and members of the Southwest Johnson County EDC attended the annual meeting where they were briefed on 2015 highlights and offered a preview of 2016 initiatives and goals.
Priorities for the year ahead include expanding business retention efforts through an all-new workforce development initiative in collaboration with Southwest Johnson County educational providers. In terms of business attraction, EDC plans to place a strong emphasis on retail and mixed use projects. Internally, Martinette said, the EDC will focus on growing EDC membership and programming.
About the Southwest Johnson County Economic Development Corporation
The Southwest Johnson County Economic Development Corporation works to launch, grow, attract and retain businesses with site selection assistance, maximized incentive packages and enhanced workforce development programs. Southwest Johnson County is home to New Century AirCenter, the region’s multi-modal business park, as well as Logistics Park KC, which houses BNSF’s burgeoning intermodal center. The cities of Gardner, Edgerton and Spring Hill comprise Southern Johnson County and are among the fastest growing cities in the metro area.