Johnston High School Traffic Flow & Parking

Johnston High School

The start of the school year is near, and this means that traffic patterns along NW 100th Street near the new Johnston High School will be changing. It is the goal of the Johnston Community School District to make safety a priority during this transition. The district has provided a traffic flow map for students, parents, staff and visitors to the high school. This map provides entry and exit points as well as recommended parking options for those visiting the building. Please review the Traffic Flow and Parking Map for more details.

Submit Materials for the 2018 Development Guide

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As part of the 2017 Economic Development Bus Tour, Johnston Economic Development Corporation will create a Development Guide to be used in 2018. This guide will be used as a tool throughout the year to promote development in the Johnston Community. The guide includes a variety of information about Johnston, current properties available in the community and information promoting businesses with an interest in development.

We invite you to submit an ad or flyer for the 2018 Development Guide. 

  • JEDCO Members who are brokers or developers and represent properties or Projects in Johnston may submit flyers for all properties located in Johnston free of charge. One page (front and back) for each property.
  • JEDCO Members who represent any other type of business may submit a one page ad (front & back) for no charge.
  • If you are a broker or developer who is not currently a JEDCO Member and would like to join in 2018, we will provide you with the opportunity to include one page (front and back) for each of your Johnston properties in our 2018 Development Guide free of charge.
  • If you are any other type of business interested in development in Johnston and would like to join in 2018, we will provide you with one page (front & back) free of charge in the 2018 Development Guide.
  • If you are not a JEDCO member and would like to place an ad in the Development Guide you can purchase one page (front & back) for $200.  
  • We recommend that ads (flyers) be 8.5″ x 11″ in size and include a 1/4 inch margin on the left side of the page to leave space for binding.

    Please send PDF flyers or ads to by Friday, September 8th.

Center of Influence Leadership Event


Thank you to Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves (ESGR) for hosting a Center of Influence Event at Camp Dodge for leaders in the Johnston Community. It was a great opportunity for employers to learn more about how they can support reserve members and to take a look at the training facilities on Camp Dodge. To learn more about ESGR and their mission, click here.

Attention Business & Community Leaders!


Join JEDCO and the Johnston Chamber as we team up with Iowa Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and the Iowa National Guard for a Center of Influence event at Camp Dodge. The event will take place on August 10 from 12:30-4:30 PM. A Center of Influence gives businesses and community leaders the opportunity to learn more about the Iowa National Guard mission as a State emergency asset and federal missions. Community leaders will gain 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 located at Camp Dodge. To participate in this event you must be a leader of a Johnston Business or a Johnston Community Leader. This event is FREE and lunch will be provided.

The Agenda includes:

  • Flight in an Army National Guard Helicopter (subject to availability)
  • Simulation Training
  • Rollover Simulation
  • Weapons simulator
  • A look at the Medical Services Training Center
  • Tour of the Sustainment Training Center
Are you a business or community leader? Click here to complete and submit the fillable PDF form to register for this event. Space is limited!   

Brio of Johnston Groundbreaking


Join the Johnston Chamber for a groundbreaking event for Brio of Johnston – a Wesley Life Community. The new Senior Living Community will be located southwest of the intersection of NW 86th Street and NW 70th Ave.

Wednesday, July 12
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center
5291 Stoney Creek Ct.
Johnston, IA 50131
Click here to register

Proposed Bricktowne Apartments – Update

At their Council session on May 15, 2017, the Johnston City Council approved a site plan and preliminary plat for the development of 384 one and two bedroom apartments at 6454 Merle Hay Road and adjacent properties in Johnston. A companion parkland dedication development agreement was not approved, but may be considered at a future meeting. View the most recent site plan documents here. The location is generally south of the Johnson Brothers facility. The development includes five three-story brick apartment complexes to be developed over the next six years. The first phase would be completed in December of 2018.

The price range for the apartments is expected to be between $850 -$1050 and would target young professionals. Based on a projected assessed value of $42.6 million, a TIF rebate of up to $2.6 million could be provided to the developer over five years. For more information about this project, download the previously published staff report here.

New Interchange Comments Requested

The Iowa DOT held a public meeting on Thursday, March 9 at the Giovannetti Community Shelter in Urbandale to receive comments about the design of the proposed new interchange at I80/35 and HWY 141. Iowa DOT Staff, and JEDCO member HR Green were present to discuss the proposed improvements in Polk County. You can view simulation videos here.

Pictured above is DOT official Scott Dockstader visiting with a participant in the meeting.The public meeting had an open format allowing the public and Iowa DOT staff to discuss the project informally. Click here for more information. Comments are being accepted through March 20, 2017.

Annual Development Forum

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Thursday, March 30, 2017 – 3:30 – 5:30 PM

JEDCO Update
City of Johnston Update
Brent Willett – Cultivation Corridor
Bethany Wilcoxon – Capital Crossroads

Formal Presentations – 3:30 –  5:30 PM
Networking Reception to Follow

Meet Our Keynote Speakers

Brent Willett
Cultivation Corridor


Brent Willett, CEcD is Executive Director of the Cultivation Corridor, a public-private regional economic development and innovation acceleration organization focused on growing Central Iowa’s agriculture and bioscience sectors, and attracting investment, jobs and talent to the state.

Prior to his role at the Cultivation Corridor, Willett served as President & CEO of the North Iowa Corridor Economic Development Corporation, a regional economic development group in North Central Iowa headquartered in Mason City, Iowa.  Preceding his role at the North Iowa Corridor, Willett was Executive Director of the Fairfield Economic Development Association and Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce in Fairfield, Iowa.

Willett currently serves on the Leadership Iowa Board of Governors; Iowa Chamber Alliance Board of Directors; Iowa State University CIRAS Advisory Board; University of Northern Iowa Institute for Decision Making Advisory Board; and in advisory positions with several organizations.

A native of Davenport, Iowa, Willett, his wife Emily and their daughter live in Ankeny, Iowa.

Bethany Wilcoxon
Capital Crossroads

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As Capital Crossroads Director, Bethany Wilcoxon oversees implementation of the regional vision strategy. She spent several years serving Iowa Great Places, a grant program of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and then leading the development of The Tomorrow Plan, a $3.1 million regional initiative to advance sustainability in Greater Des Moines.  Her accomplishments include the Business Record’s Forty Under 40 (2016), Leadership Iowa (Class of 2015-2016), Global Shapers Des Moines Founding Curator (2015), ISU STATEment Maker (2012), Next American Vanguard (2010), and Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute (Class of 2011-2012).

Outside of her professional work, Bethany serves on the Great Outdoors Foundation Board and the Jester Park Nature Center Capital Campaign Team, and is the US Green Building Council ADVANCE Ambassador for the State of Iowa. She has led Des Moines’ Urban Ambassadors as President, served on the Board of the Drake Neighborhood Association, and has volunteered for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (2014 Woman of the Year Candidate), Big Brothers Big Sisters, ULI Iowa, the Des Moines Symphony, and the Des Moines Metro Opera.

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A New View of the Gateway

At the JEDCO Annual Meeting, Adam Plagge, the City of Johnston Economic Development Manager, presented new videos which provide a closer look at the Merle Hay Road Gateway area. The first video model shows a look at the gateway area from the Interstate. This video show how planned tree clearing and landscaping could open up visibility to the site. The second video takes a closer look as you enter the Gateway area on Merle Hay Road north of I-35/80. This is another great tool to help prospective developers envision the future look of the area.
Click here to view the video model showing the view from I-35/80

Click here to view the video model showing the entrance to the Gateway area.