Greg Martinette
SWJEDC
2018 marked the 25th anniversary of the EDC—and what a slam dunk it was! This year, the region kept the ball rolling with $50 million and 100,000 square-feet in new investment. We finalized several of the many active projects, welcoming Price Chopper, Mid America Bank, Enterprise Car Leasing, First Point Urgent Care and Belfonte Care Wash to Gardner and Image Environmental to New Century AirCenter. In addition to new businesses locating or expanding in the region, we continue to focus on existing businesses. By conducting 45 business retention and expansion visits we were able to identify and address an issue many businesses are facing—workforce.
This year, the Workforce Solutions Roundtable was created for area businesses and educational resources to collectively address and solve several workforce challenges including employee training, retention and transportation. To reach a wider audience, a Workforce Solutions Facebook page was created and launched in early 2018. The Facebook page, with 113 ‘likes’ to-date, is key in providing Workforce information including job openings for local companies and promoted the EDC co-hosted four job fairs.
An expanded reverse commute bus service from the Kansas City metro to employers in Southwest Johnson County began in early April. Buses continue to run from both downtown Kansas City, Mo. and Kansas City, Kan. in the mornings and again in the evenings, including Saturdays. The route includes various stops throughout Southwest Johnson County, including a stop at New Century AirCenter.
This year we will continue on with our game plan for success, focusing continued efforts on serving current businesses to encourage retention, finalizing active projects for further development and connecting with site consultants and developers to promote the Southwest Johnson County area.
Southwest Johnson County EDC is here to serve as your strategic business partner and will continue to invest resources to ensure the prosperity and success of this community. Southwest Johnson County is the ideal location for industrial, warehouse and distribution facilities — as well as the ancillary services like retail and restaurants that support those businesses. 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.
That is why in Southwest Johnson County, Business Moves Here.