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.


CBRE | Hubbell Commercial has office space available at White Oak Office on 9550 White Oak Lane in Johnston. The single story office space has up to 7,500 rentable square foot available. The location is convenient in West Park just north of NW 54th and east of NW 100th street. The office has an open professional finish with conference rooms and offices. This office has an attractive appearance with high ceilings and extensive glass lines. The building includes ample free surface parking for employees and visitors. The lease rate is $14 per RSF per year. For more information about this property email Korey Birkenholtz at korey.birkenholtz@cbre-hubbell.com or call 515-221-6645 or email Alex Broderick at alex.broderick@hubbellrealty.com or call 515-221-6205.

Click here to view a print brochure with more detailed information on the property.

Rider Corner Interchange Information Meeting May 5

Rider Corner

A public information meeting will be held to discuss the proposed improvements at the Interstate 35/80 and Iowa 141 interchange in Polk County. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 5th from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM at Giovannetti Community Shelter in Walker Johnston Park located at 8900 Douglas Avenue in Urbandale. All interested persons are invited to attend this meeting to discuss the proposed improvements to the interchange.

The meeting will be an open forum format. Iowa DOT staff will be present to informally discuss the improvements and no formal presentation will be made. More information will be posted as it becomes available at the Iowa DOT website.

The Residences at 62W

 Residences at 62W

A new apartment project has been proposed at 6000 NW 62nd Avenue. PMR Realty has developed a site plan and preliminary plat for the redevelopment of four single family residential lots for the construction of a 137 unit multi-family apartment building.

The preliminary plat and site plan as well as the final plat were recently approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission.  You can download the staff report here.


For information about other active housing projects in Johnston, visit the Housing Projects Library at here at Grow Johnston!


The Regional Economic Impact of Camp Dodge

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A large number of Johnston residents drive past the front gate of Camp Dodge along NW 70th Avenue on a daily basis. Those Johnston residents and many Central Iowans are aware of Camp Dodge, but they may not fully appreciate the economic impact it has on both the City of Johnston and Central Iowa as a whole. Dave Swenson with Iowa State University Department of Economics recently prepared a study that measures the economic impact of state and federal government operations located at Camp Dodge. Below is an overview of his findings.

  • Camp Dodge is home to 1,184 jobholders, both military and civilian, who earned collectively $77.86 million in labor income in 2013.
  • The facility attracted nearly 385,000 visitors for training or instruction. Those visitors were estimated to spend $35.4 million on retail and services in central Iowa during their stay.
  • The facility required construction activities as well as purchases of equipment. Combined capital development or accumulation at the facility was $7.9 million in fiscal 2013.

Additional summary information about the study is included in the presentation materials for the recent Johnston Economic Development Forum.  You can download the slide deck (see the companion post about the Forum), or follow the link below to review the full study.
The Regional Economic Impact of Camp Dodge

Annual Development Forum Recap

The annual Johnston Economic Development Forum took place on April 1, 2015 at the DuPont Pioneer Carver Center in Johnston. The event included comments from Mayor Paula Dierenfeld, and featured a presentation from guest speaker Major General Timothy Orr, The Adjutant General of the Iowa Army National Guard. General Orr provided a wealth of information about the positive economic impact of Camp Dodge on the Johnston community.

City of Johnston staff also provided updates on plans for infrastructure improvements in 2015 and a review of current housing and commercial development activities. City Administrator Jim Sanders, Community Development Director David Wilwerding, and Communications Specialist Emily Price teamed up to share a lot of positive news about our community.  The Development Forum concluded with a networking reception. Thanks to all who attended!

Did you miss the event?  We have you covered.  Download the presentation slide deck here! JEDCO Annual Forum Presentation (PDF)

Finally, thanks to DuPont Pioneer for hosting the event, and to Sodexo and WineStyles in Johnston for their hospitality. It was a great event!

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Home Base Iowa

HomeBaseIowaThe city of Johnston is taking steps to become a Home Base Iowa community, where the city and businesses within our city commit to welcome transitioning military members and their families who are leaving military service and becoming Iowans.  Camp Dodge, home to the Iowa National Guard, is located within Johnston and is a significant contributor to the Johnston community.

We invite you to help us become a Home Base Iowa community.  Here is what you can do:

To become a “Home Base Iowa Business”

  • The business pledges to hire a specific number of veterans.
    • This standard may be met by providing a signed letter or other signed written statement to Iowa Workforce Development. Such statement should indicate the number of veterans the company pledges to hire by December 31, 2018. Though any documentation is public record under Iowa law, Home Base Iowa will only promote the fact that the business has pledged, not the number it pledged. Home Base Iowa will promote an aggregate statewide number.
  • The business commits to posting its jobs on the Home Base Iowa website through IowaJobs.
    • This standard may be met by certifying such commitment in a signed letter or other signed written statement provided to Iowa Workforce Development. The business does not need to post jobs exclusively to the Home Base Iowa site.
  • The business becomes a member of Skilled Iowa.
    • This standard may be attained by meeting the existing Skilled Iowa standards, or by demonstrating that the business is already a Skilled Iowa member.
  • Please contact the City of Johnston if your business would like to become a Home Base Iowa Business
  • To become a “Home Base Iowa Community”
  • The community obtains a resolution of support from the appropriate local governing body.
    • The Johnston City Council will take up its resolution on March 2.
  • We are currently seeking donations to include in the incentive package we will offer veterans when they come to Johnston.  Please contact the City of Johnston if your business would like to donate toward Johnston’s incentive package.  Other communities have included hotel stays, gift baskets, passes to fitness centers, the elimination of closing costs, and/or help finding housing.
  • Do you have questions about Home Base Iowa and how to get involved?  Please contact them today at 1-855-942-4692.

Featured Site – 5055 Merle Hay Road

5055 Merle Hay Road

Our Featured Property this month is 5055 Merle Hay Road. Knapp Properties is offering this redevelopment opportunity in the heart of the Merle Hay Gateway Master Plan in Johnston. This investment property has visibility from I-80/35 with access at a lighted intersection of Merle Hay Road. The property features 32.247 acres of land with 17 available for redevelopment. Approximately 10.2 acres are zoned Highway Commercial (C-3) and 22.04 acres are zoned Conservation District (CD). The site offers opportunity for hotel, mixed use, high density housing, or office, with increased park and recreational space. The site has daily traffic counts of 27,000 vehicles per day on Merle Hay Road, and 95,000 vehicles per day on Interstate 80/35. Contact Ben Garrett at (515) 401-7071 or Brian Erickson at (515) 202-5035 for more information, or visit http://www.knappproperties.com/.

Click here to view a print brochure with more detailed information on the property.

Featured Project – Chambery Point


If you have passed through Johnston recently it is likely you have noticed the construction of a new building on the corner of 86th street and Chambery Blvd. This project is an exciting new addition to the 86th street corridor and provides a new opportunity for businesses seeking space for lease in Johnston! The building for lease by Stanbrough Realty, is 9,710 square feet and is $19 PSF NNN. The property is 3.58 acres with 118 parking spaces and patio space available. Chambery Point has excellent visibility on the lighted intersection of 86th Street and Chambery Blvd. Neighboring businesses include McDonald’s, Johnston Charter Bank, Dahl’s Food Store, Verizon and State Farm. The much anticipated Gusto Pizza has leased the south 3,150 square feet of the building and will open in approximately 60 days! The building will be complete in the next few weeks. Construction on an East building will follow the completion of this building. The East building will offer 3,900 square feet at $25 PSF NNN. For more information on this property contact Jeff Stanbrough at (515) 202-6649 or at jeff@stanbroughrealty.com.

Click here to view a print brochure with more detailed information on the property.


2014 Development Summary

2014 Development Summary
Johnston Economic Development Corporation is looking forward to another year of growth and development in The City of Johnston. We are all excited for a new year, but it is important to take a look at the past year to appreciate the development that has occurred. Dave Wilwerding the Community Development Director for the City of Johnston has prepared a 2014 Development Summary, the summary includes information about population growth, new commercial and residential development as well as information about public infrastructure. Here are a few highlights from the report.

  • It is estimated that as of January 1, 2015 that the population of the City of Johnston is 20,000, an increase of approximately 2,700 residents.
  • In 2014, seven new commercial permits were issued totaling an assessed valuation of $14,638,500; additionally, 26 commercial remodel permits were issued totaling an investment of $3,749,013.

For information about development activities planned for 2015, please plan to attend the annual Johnston Economic Development Forum on April 1, 2015.  More information about this event will be posted soon!

2014 Development Summary


Featured Property – Johnston Station

Johnston Station – 5525 Merle Hay Road – Retail/Restaurant/Service
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Our featured property this month is 5525 Merle Hay Road. Neighboring businesses include HR Green, Panera Bread, Bank Iowa, Snap Fitness, Great Clips and much more! The opportunity is located at the intersection of Merle Hay Road and Pioneer Parkway. Contact Denny Elwell Companies’ Sales & Leasing department at marketing@dennyelwellcompany.com for more information!

Click here to view a print brochure with more detailed information about the property.

We will be featuring a property regularly to provide developers and businesses with the latest information about properties available in Johnston. If you are a JEDCO member, and would like the opportunity to be featured please send us your updated project and property information. We will also be using the information to update the Location One Information System.