Welcome to the Johnston Economic Development Corporation

Johnston Economic Development Corporation
Our mission is to foster economic growth and opportunity in the Johnston community and in the Greater Des Moines region.

Featured Property

NW 86th Street & Windsor Parkway

Windsor Office Park

Windsor Corporate Centre I


windsor office park updated map

Our featured property is Windsor Office Park, located at NW 86th Street and Windsor Parkway in Johnston. Windsor Office Park offers 1-2 acre lots in an attractive park-like setting with ample landscaping and open areas creating an attractive environment to work in. Current zoning on lots 5-20 allows residential construction on the second story of the building. Lot 3 is zoned retail and is $8.50/SF. Other available Office Lots are $5.00/SF. Restrictive covenants ensure that the Park is developed, operated and maintained so as to protect and enhance the investment of all building owners within the park boundaries. Windsor Office Park is currently home to several businesses such as Johnston Family Physicians, K&R Consulting, Iron Horse Wealth Management, Delire’ Hair Salon, HireQuality Solutions, Diversified Management Associates, Active Wellness Chiropractic and Rehabilitation  and Jethro’s BBQ n’ Pork Chop Grill.

Click here to view a print brochure with more information.


Dow DuPont Update


It has been several weeks since the merger of DOW and DuPont was announced. Decisions about the future of Pioneer have yet to be made. The creation of a new agricultural enterprise, and the changes that will come with it, is a subject on the minds of many – especially in Johnston and Central Iowa. It is a source of serious concern, and changes are already happening which affect Pioneer and the people working there.

But it is also an opportunity. If the research jobs and potentially the corporate headquarters for the new enterprise are located here, then there will be more growth in the future. The case for locating the new DOW DuPont agricultural enterprise in Central Iowa is strong. It just makes sense for the corporate decision makers and shareholders to keep investing in success.

Many people have worked hard to make the best case possible, and to put our best foot forward to DOW DuPont. They deserve recognition for their efforts even before we know the outcome. Governor Terry Branstad. Debi Durham and her team at IEDA. Bob Brownell, Mark Wandro, and the Polk County Board of Supervisors. David Maahs and the rest of the Greater Des Moines Partnership team. Mayor Paula Dierenfeld, and the Johnston City Council and Staff. It has been a great team effort. Thank you for responding to the challenge!


2015 Development Summary

2015 Development Summary

The Johnston Community has experienced considerable change over the last year. From one corridor of the City to the next development and change can be observed. Along with growth and development the population of Johnston continues to rise. A special census is currently being conducted and it is predicted that population will exceed 20,000 residents. As we proceed into the new year it is important to take note of the development that occurred in 2015.

David Wilwerding, Community Development Director for the City of Johnston, has prepared a 2015 Development Summary which includes information about population growth, new commercial and residential development and public infrastructure. Below are a few highlights from the report.

  • In 2015, eight new commercial permits were issued totaling an assessed valuation of more than $36 million, 28 commercial remodel permits were issued representing an investment of  more than $8 million. Overall, 2015 was the fourth best year in the City’s history for new commercial valuation.
  • In prior years, high valuations of commercial development were attributed to single large-scale commercial projects. But in 2015 the high valuation was made up of a combination of multiple smaller and mid-sized projects.
  • It was also a banner year for new housing permits with multifamily development leading the way. Johnston experienced the single highest total new valuation ($52 million) and number of new multifamily dwelling units (395) in City history, according to the report.

For more information about development activities in 2016, please plan to attend the annual Johnston Economic Development Forum on March 31, 2016. More information about this event will be posted soon. To view the full 2015 Development Summary click the link below.

2015 Development Summary (003)

Road Improvements Update

NW 54th and 100th

As plans for a new 100th Street interchange off of Interstate 35/80 develop, it has become clear that the future development of the area north of the interstate is of interest for many people. In this area the communities of Urbandale, Grimes and Johnston meet. NW 54th Avenue and 100th Street intersect in this area and will receive improvements in the coming year.

On December 21, 2015 the Johnston City Council approved a resolution endorsing the award of the construction contract to Concrete Technologies of Urbandale, IA. Concrete Technologies presented the lowest of seven bids considered for the construction of the road.

In addition to road improvements at NW 54th and 100th, a resolution to award a construction contract for the NW 70th Avenue Improvements project was approved. The City Council selected Alliance Construction of Grimes, Iowa to complete all of the construction work on 70th Avenue for $7,361,434.50. For more information on these road improvements see the attachments below.




Fiscal Year 2017 Capital Improvements Plan Approved


On Monday, December 21st the City of Johnston held a public hearing and approved their Capital Improvement Plan for FY 2017. The Council has discussed the proposed Capital Improvement Plan during several work sessions throughout October and November. The City is required to formally adopt a five-year capital improvements plan. In March the Council will adopt the 2016-2017 budget.

The 2016 – 2017 Capital Improvements Budget totals $11,152,860. This includes an issuance of $10,922,860 in debt for projects supported by tax levy, storm water utility fees, TIF revenue, and water and sewer revenue. All capital projects will require consideration by the City Council before proceeding with the projects. Projects on the Capital Improvements schedule for 2016-2017 include parks projects, roadway project improvements, storm drainage improvements, sanitary sewer improvements and water improvements.

For a full schedule of all projects included in the five year Capital Improvements Plan see the link below.



Wynnsong Theaters Poised For New Beginning


Georgia based Carmike cinema is investing $2.2 million in a comprehensive remodel of the popular Johnston movie theater complex. The update will include new seating, self-serve ticket kiosks and new self-serve drink dispensers. On Monday, December 7th the Johnston City Council considered and approved an ordinance which will allow Wynnsong to serve beer and wine on a limited basis. The new central court area will have a sports bar feel and feature an expanded menu.

All of this is designed to appeal to consumer demand for a more relaxing, modern atmosphere according to Jeff Ball, the Carmike District Manager for facilities in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana. Jeff is a Johnston resident and he has worked his way up through the theater business since high school. He has been District Manager for ten years. “This is a competitive market, and we have to stay up-to-date,” said Ball. “Johnston has so much to offer and we want to be an important part of the community. We are happy to see Johnston grow.”

The most visible change is a new color scheme for the exterior of the building, which is intended to make the facility stand out more at night during prime time. Since beer and wine sales have been approved by the City of Johnston, controls will be put in place to limit consumption, and ID checks will be required for everyone.

Most of the remodel is scheduled to be complete by the end of December, and Jeff hopes that the community will support the theater as construction is completed during the peak holiday cinema season. “We hope everyone in the northwest Polk county area will come to see the hottest seasonal movies and get an early view of the new interior. That will make a huge difference for our success and help justify the investment being made in the facility, said Ball.”

Sign us up for Star Wars tickets!  We’ll be there!

Jeff Ball – Carmike Cinema District Manager 

JEDCO & Johnston Chamber Holiday Open House

Open House

Please join Johnston Economic Development and the Johnston Chamber for food, fun and networking during our holiday open house on Wednesday, December 9th from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at our office located at 8711 Windsor Parkway in Johnston. We are proud of our business partners. Please bring an ornament with your company name or logo to display on our holiday tree. We also encourage you to bring a non-perishable food item to the open house. We will donate these items to the Johnston Partnership for a Healthy Community for the holiday season. Food and beverages will be provided. Send your RSVP to kgehringer@growjohnston.com.

MidAmerican Substation Special Use Permit


MidAmerican Energy has been working with The City of Johnston to determine a location for a new substation to serve the growth in electrical needs within the Central Part of the Johnston Community. At their meeting on November 9th, the Johnston Planning and Zoning Commission considered and approved a Special Use Permit to allow for an electric substation at 6750 Pioneer Parkway.

Johnston is currently served by three substations, the Sycamore Substation at NW 62nd Avenue and NW Beaver Drive, the NW 100th Street Substation at NW 54th Avenue and NW 100th Street and the Highway 141 Substation located north of NW 70th Avenue along Highway 141 in Grimes. These three substations are spread out across the community and create a gap in coverage for the central part of the community. To interconnect the electric grid, each substation needs to be connected to two other substations by high voltage transmission lines, which made it difficult to find the appropriate location for the fourth substation.

It was determined that a substation at 6750 Pioneer Parkway would reduce that distance of the transmission lines needed. To complete this project two lines would be constructed parallel to each other and would span from the proposed substation southerly to the existing transmission lines that run east/wet through the community. The remaining lines would be located on the existing towers, with one extending westerly to the NW 100th Street Substation and one extending easterly to the Sycamore Substation.

Follow the link below for more information on the proposed MidAmerican Energy Substation.


West Central Urban Renewal Area Expansion




The Johnston City Council recently conducted a public hearing concerning a proposal to expand the West Central Urban Renewal district to include property in the NW 70th Ave. corridor west of NW 86th street.

Developments on properties classified as commercial may be eligible for Tax Increment Financing assistance. With the planned road and infrastructure improvements the corridor is poised for significant growth in the near future.

Learn more about the expanded urban renewal area here.


Vote on November 3rd


Tom Cope, Paula Dierenfeld, and John Temple answer questions about future City plans



On Thursday, October 22nd Johnston Economic Development Corporation and the Johnston Chamber hosted a Meet the Candidates event a Johnston City Hall. The event provided Johnston residents with an informal opportunity to meet the candidates for the upcoming City Council election and ask them questions.


Council Members Tom Cope, Matt Brown and John Temple are all current City Council members seeking election and are running unopposed. In addition Mayor Paula Dierenfeld is seeking election and is running unopposed. Tomorrow is election day. Please remember to exercise your civic duty and vote!

DuPont Pioneer Krug Expansion


Over the years the residents of Johnston have watched the DuPont Pioneer campus expand and change. The City of Johnston and DuPont Pioneer are now working on a development agreement to support the construction of a 4,965 square foot expansion to the Krug Complex – located on the north side of NW 62nd Avenue. The project involves a $1,300,000 capital investment and includes an addition to the insectory and other improvements such as technology and equipment. The project is a continuation of an existing project which includes updates to several other facilities on the Johnston campus.

City staff has recommended that tax increment financing (TIF) be awarded in the form of a forgivable loan, which would be provided in a lump sum once the improvements are constructed and the actual value of the project is determined. It is anticipated that the project would result in an increase in taxable value of $607,275, and be eligible for a property tax rebate of up to $48,000.

At their meeting on October 19, the Johnston City Council set a November 2 meeting date for a public hearing on the development agreement.

Follow the link below for more information on this expansion.