Camp Dodge – COI Leadership Event

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The Iowa Army National Guard and the Iowa Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves (ESGR) will team up with Johnston Economic Development and the Johnston Chamber to host community leaders during a Center of Influence event held at Camp Dodge in Johnston. The event will take place on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 from 7:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.

A Center of Influence program gives community leaders the opportunity to learn more about the Army National Guards mission as a State emergency asset and federal missions. Community leaders that participate in this event will have an understanding of the training capabilities available on Camp Dodge. In addition participants will have the opportunity to experience military simulation training and tour state of the art training facilities also located on Camp Dodge. The agenda includes a flight in an Army National Guard Helicopter and several different simulation trainings. Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of this one of a kind event!

To register for this event please complete the registration form using the link below. Space is limited.
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If you have questions about the event e-mail or call 515-564-6547.

NEW! Johnston Development Guide

JEDCO and the City of Johnston have been collaborating on the creation of a NEW Economic Development Guide. The publication will be used to promote economic development and growth in the Johnston community. It has also been designed to be a resource for developers and brokers as they market Johnston sites and buildings. The NEW Johnston Economic Development Guide will be unveiled at the upcoming JEDCO Annual Meeting on January 15, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. at the Stoney Creek Hotel in Johnston. Copies of the guide will be made available to developers and JEDCO members to incorporate with their respective marketing materials. Please RSVP to join us for the Annual Meeting and the unveiling of the guide!


JEDCO Annual Meeting


Networking at the 2014 Annual Meeting

JEDCO members and friends are invited to the JEDCO Annual Meeting scheduled for Thursday, January 15, 2015 at the Stoney Creek Hotel. There will be an informal reception at 4:30 P.M., and a short business meeting at 5:00 P.M. which will be followed by the unveiling of the new Johnston Economic Development Guide. The networking reception will continue after the formal program has concluded. Please join us as we take a few moments to reflect back on the previous year and look forward to a new year of growth and opportunity.

Annual Meeting Agenda
4:30 P.M. Reception
5:00 P.M. Business Meeting
5:15 P.M. Development Guide Release
5:45 P.M. Networking


2014 Battelle Report Released

Battelle Report Summary

On December 18, 2014 Representatives from the Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress (IPEP) along with Governor Terry Branstad, joined to release the findings of the 2014 Battelle Report. Battelle is the world’s largest nonprofit independent research and development organization. Over the past 18 months, researchers from Battelle have worked with the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and regional economic development organizations around the state to conduct the study. The report provides elected officials, policymakers, economic developers and business leaders with a future strategic direction for economic development in Iowa. The report makes a comparison between Iowa’s current economic position in comparison to the nation and benchmarked states.

To download the full report click the link below.

Cadence Apartments Proposed

CadenceA new apartment project has been proposed for the Merle Hay Road redevelopment area north of NW 62nd Ave.  A site plan presented by Hubbell Realty Company shows that up to 90 apartment units would be created in Phase 1 of the project. The plan has been advanced by both the Johnston Planning & Zoning Commission and the Johnston City Council in recent meetings.

In other action final plats for Adam Ridge Plat 8 (apartments and clubhouse) and for West Prairie Townhomes Plat 2 have been approved.  More information about these projects has been posted in the Grow Johnston Library under Housing Projects.

Northwest Area Utility Studies

FutureWaterMainMapAt their meeting on November 17, 2014 the Johnston City Council received information about plans that could affect future development in the northwest area.  As a part of an adequacy study conducted by Foth Infrastructure and Environment – several long-term improvements which could extend water service to the area were identified including the construction of new water mains.

A map of the possible infrastructure improvements was included in the presentation.

One of the goals set by the City Council for 2014 was to conduct a cost/benefit analysis for extending public services to the northwest area.  Council members consented to plans for engaging Foth  to conduct a conceptual study for the extension of a water distribution system and sanitary sewer collection system to the northwest area.  Foth would also be asked to prepare an order of magnitude opinion of probable construction costs for the infrastructure.

The water adequacy report submitted by Foth concluded that the existing water supply capacity for Johnston is sufficient but lacks in redundancy.  Other conclusions include: some booster pumping capacity is deficient; existing storage volume is adequate overall – but not throughout the system; and the needed flow rates and pressures for fire protection are available – but recommended levels of flow duration are not.  Improvements to address these issues may be consider in the capital improvement plan.

Public Safety Leadership Seminar

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Join us for the Johnston Public Safety Leadership Seminar; November 20, 2014; 3:00 PM at the Johnston Public Safety Building; 6373 Merle Hay Road.  The event is free and open to the public.

Johnston Economic Development and the Johnston Chamber will team up with the Johnston Police Department for a leadership seminar on November 20th from 3-6 p.m. at the Johnston Public Safety Facility. Chief of Police Bill Vaughn will present along with co-presenters Dr. Phil Pitzen of FEMA and Jami Haberl, Executive Director of the Safeguard Iowa Partnership. Seminar topics will include: how businesses can become better prepared for disaster, disaster recovery planning, responding to hostile intruders in the workplace, an overview of the Johnston Police Departments Business Outreach Program and lastly a tour of the new Johnston Public Safety Facility. This event is open to the public. We hope you can join us for this valuable and informative seminar!



Johnston Trail Priorities


A seven member committee convened by the City of Johnston has been working over many months to review the plans for Johnston trails. Based on this review a list of 14 projects was created. Each member of the committee was asked to rank the list, and the priorities of the group were determined.  The highest ranking project is the trail connection between the current Middle School and the Johnston Public Library.  The ranking assigned to each project by the committee members is shown in priority listing.


American TV Update

Court documents filed in the State of Wisconsin indicate that Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa has made an offer to purchase the former American TV & Appliance location.  The offer amount is $5.9 million.

According to the documents the Receiver will continue to market the Iowa Real Estate until the hearing to approve the Real Estate Sale Motion is held.  The hearing is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Central Time on November 24, 2014. The Receiver has retained the right to withdraw acceptance of the offer if, prior to the hearing, the Receiver is presented with an offer which is at least $200,000 higher than the offer made by Goodwill Industries.

The closing on the sale will occur within five business days after the Court enters an order approving the Real Estate Sale Motion.

New Johnston Logo Considered


The Johnston City Council is considering a new logo for the community.  The current design includes an updated Johnston script, accompanied by a graphic representation of a deciduous tree during the four seasons.  The intent would be to adjust the graphic throughout the year to correspond with each season.  Various tag lines may accompany the seasonal image, which in some cases could be animated.  One possible tag line is “Thrive.  Every Day.” – as illustrated below.

City staff will be gathering input from the community in the coming weeks.