Johnston Economic Development Corporation
Our mission is to foster economic growth and opportunity in the Johnston community and in the Greater Des Moines region.
Information about plans for updating communications efforts to reflect the benefits of living and working in Johnston were recently shared with the Johnston City Council. Representatives of Red Dot Advertising and Design, a West Des Moines company, presented the results of a planning and focus group process.
Several “brand pillars” were presented including a few related to economic development communications. For example, Johnston is:
- A green community that balances metro and rural
- Safe, happy neighborhoods nestled in lush green spaces
- Recognized schools that nurture and support a highly educated community
- A thriving and supportive business community
Several updated logo designs were also presented for preliminary discussion. The illustration above is one of several design options developed. Important Note: the image is an example only. It is presented as grayscale, and is a photo of a projected image of a color rendering. No action was taken by the Council.
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Visitors to City Hall will notice that the Johnston City Council Chambers has a fresh coat of paint and numerous canvas prints of Johnston icons. Pictured above are Planning and Zoning Commission members Stuart Spencer, Jay Petersma (Chair), and Kathy Anderson.
The Johnston Planning & Zoning Commission is scheduled to review plats for two housing projects at their meeting on September 8, 2014. A final plat for the Highland Summit project in NW Johnston and an associated Petition and Waiver agreement will be considered.
Also on the agenda is a review of a plan to plat 2 lots for development on NW 78th Ave. (Beaver Creek Ventures Plat 1). More information about each project can be found in the Grow Johnston Housing Projects library.
A project approved in 2013 is now beginning to take shape, and it provides an opportunity to reflect on the value of investments which continue to be made in the Johnston community. The City Council will hold a public hearing on September 15, 2014 to consider a development agreement with DuPont Pioneer. The total investment is estimated to be more than $28 million, and taxable valuation is expected to increase by more than $14 million.
The project includes a combination of new construction and renovation, and represents 105 new jobs. Approval for the project had previously been given by the Iowa Economic Development Authority and the City of Johnston in 2013, but the project now comes back to the Council in the form of a development agreement which would provide up to $2.2 million in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) assistance. Long term benefits to the community are significant and come in the form of construction jobs, increased overall tax base for the city, schools and county, and further growth of very high quality jobs. A summary of the project and the public hearing resolution has been posted here. It includes an interesting map which illustrates the numerous company projects in recent years. Thank you DuPont Pioneer for continuing to invest in Johnston!
The Johnston City Council discussed several housing projects at their meeting on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.
Construction plans for Crosshaven Plats 4 and 5 were approved.
The amendment to the West Park PUD for the proposed West Prairie Townhome development received final approval.
There was consensus to move forward with a modest expansion of the East Central TIF district. This could allow for a proposed R&R redevelopment project to receive TIF assistance – if the project meets criteria to be established by the Council.
The City of Johnston has selected Business Publications (Business Record) for the publication of a new community Economic Development Guide.
The proposed publication is intended to help showcase areas of the city to attract new retail, restaurants, convention hotel, luxury townhomes and/or or an office park. The Merle Hay Gateway area is expected to be one of the areas featured. In conjunction with the preparation of a new development guide, the City is exploring options for a new logo. More information about this discussion should be available in late August or early September.
Two housing projects are on the agenda for the Johnston Planning and Zoning Commission meeting scheduled for August 11, 2014.
A final plat for Chesterfield Heights, subdividing 22.16 acres into thirty-three (33) single-family lots will be reviewed. The property is located north of NW 78th A venue and approximately 1,350 feet west of NW 10oth Street.
A site plan and preliminary plat for the construction of seven, 24-unit multi-family apartment buildings on Lots 1 and 2 of Adam Ridge Plat 3 will also be reviewed. The property is located south of NW 62nd Avenue between NW 103rd Street and NW 106th Street
For more information about each project, visit the Grow Johnston Housing Projects library here.
An open house for the new Johnston Public Safety Building is planned for Saturday, August 9th from 10 AM to 2 PM. The new 46,000 square foot Public Safety Building will house both the Johnston Police Department and Station 39 for the Johnston Fire Department. The facility is designed to serve the city’s public safety needs for the next 20 years and beyond. Located at 6373 Merle Hay Road, the building is just two blocks north of City Hall and four blocks south of the Johnston Library.
The Betsy Hickok Quartet will headline this year’s Metro Arts Jazz in July in Johnston, scheduled for Sunday, July 20 from 6–8 PM on the grounds of Johnston Commons, located near the Johnston Public Library. The event is free and open to everyone. Food and drinks will be available at the event, and you are welcome to bring your own. Hear a sample of the Betsy Hickok Quartet at the City of Johnston web site.
Enterprise Iowa/MidAmerica, which provides management services for JEDCO and the Johnston Chamber has posted a new position. The position is a Communications and Marketing Specialist. See the full position description for more information.
Individuals who are interested in the position should forward a cover letter and resume to Enterprise Iowa, 8711 Windsor Parkway, Suite 2, Johnston, IA 50131. Applicants may also submit information via e-mail to email@example.com.