Johnston Broadband Survey

Broadband connectivity is important to future development in the Johnston Community. It is vital to offer quality internet service to those interested in opening a business in the community. Please take a moment to provide us with feedback regarding your current satisfaction with your internet connectivity.

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Annual Development Forum

March 29, 2018
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
DuPont Pioneer Carver Center

JEDCO Update – City of Johnston Update – Keynote Speaker 
Formal Presentations from 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM – Followed by Networking

Keynote Speaker
Michael Ralston

Michael Ralston is President of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, Iowa’s oldest and largest statewide business organization. ABI works to improve Iowa by making Iowa businesses more successful.

Mike is a former state tax commissioner and has background in corporate taxation, public policy, and management. He is a former mayor and congressional staffer and he holds a degree from the University of Northern Iowa, which recognized him as an Outstanding Alumnus in 1992.

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One Cent Local Option Sales Tax Public Information Meeting

During a special election on Tuesday, March 6, Polk County residents will vote on a countywide referendum for a one-cent local option sales tax. Johnston could receive $2.5 million annually if it passes. Not less than 50 percent to be allocated for property tax relief, applied first to reduce the debt service levy before being applied to other levies and not more than 50 percent for capital improvement and quality of life projects. City staff will provide details on how these potential revenues would be used.

Date: February 26, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: City Hall
Address: 6221 Merle Hay Road
Johnston, IA 50131

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Right Workforce. Right Place. Right Time






There are many reasons to locate and grow a business in the City of Johnston. We’ve highlighted a few in the February 16 issue of the Business Record (see page 15). From an outstanding workforce to prime commercial real estate locations, Johnston is an ideal city to plant your roots and grow! To make the City even more attractive new upscale urban living options are now available in our suburban setting.

The Right Workforce
83% of employed residents with higher education
More than half with undergraduate or post graduate degrees.

Review the most recent Laborshed Analysis.

The Right Place
Prime commercial Interstate locations.
Merle Hay Gateway, Birchwood Crossing & West Park

The Right Time
Upscale urban living in a suburban setting
277 new units now available at Cadence and Residences at 62W

Local Option Sales Tax

The City of Johnston has joined other Polk County communities requesting a special election for a Local Option Sales and Service Tax. On December 18th the Johnston City Council approved Resolution 17-376 establishing the ballot language for the March 6, 2018 special election on the Local Option Sales and Service Tax. Other Polk County communities that have also approved petitions to conduct an election include Ankeny, Clive, Des Moines, Pleasant Hill, Urbandale and West Des Moines.

Annual Report & Development Summary

The Annual Development Summary of the City of Johnston Community Development Department’s activities offers a summary of the development that occurred in 2017, and identifies trends we might expect into 2018 and beyond. Below are a few highlights from the report.

  • In 2017, $99,184,725 in total new valuation was permitted in the City of Johnston.
  • In 2017 the City of Johnston issued 14 new commercial permits with a valuation of $27,881,704 and 20 commercial remodel permits with an investment of $2,759,411. This ranks as the fifth best year!
  • Single family permit issuance in the City of Johnston in 2017 was down, but there were 155 new lots platted in 2017. This is more lots than any year since 2007! Single family residential should be strong in 2018!

Click here to review the full report.

Save the Date: JEDCO Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting new

 January 18, 2018 – 4:30 PM

Stoney Creek Hotel

Join us for the 2018 JEDCO Annual Meeting on January 18, 2018 at Stoney Creek Hotel. The Annual Meeting features JEDCO Updates, nominations of JEDCO Board Members and a networking reception. Please join us for an update on JEDCO activities in 2017 and to network with other JEDCO members and friends. We look forward to another great year in 2018!

RSVP to or at 515-564-6547.