JEDCO Annual Meeting 2018

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 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!


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

5346 Merle Hay Road

5346 Merle Hay Road

Knapp Properties is offering 12.12 acres zoned Commercial near the Merle Hay Road gateway redevelopment area. This property is only two blocks north of I-80/35 on Merle Hay Road. Traffic counts on Merle Hay Road in 2014 were 31,900 VPD and on I-35/80, 94,000 VPD. Click here for more information on this property. Contact Ben Garrett at 515-401-7071 for more information.  

Expanded DART Service in Johnston


The Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) has expanded service on Local Route 5 to travel to the City of Johnston, running between the hours of 6:00 AM to 8:30 PM on weekdays along Merle Hay Road to the Johnston Public Library, on Monday, October 2nd this extension replaced the Express Route 91 – Merle Hay Road.

The extended service on Local Route 5 runs every 30 minutes during rush hour, and every 45 minutes at midday and in the evenings. Route 5 stops at several destinations, including the Johnston Public Library, Johnston City Hall, Haymarket Mall and Dart Central Station in downtown Des Moines.

You can view a map and schedule of the newly expanded route here.

A Successful 2017 Bus Tour

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Bus Tour 6

The Johnston & Grimes Economic Development Bus Tour took place on Thursday, October 12th at 3:00 PM. Attendees had the opportunity to see current projects and available properties in the Johnston and Grimes communities. The tour was followed by a networking reception in Grimes. Thank you to all who attended and helped make this event a success!
Click here to view our 2018 Development Guide that was provided to Bus Tour attendees!

Merle Hay Road Redevelopment – Update

The center piece of the of north Merle Hay Road Redevelopment plan is the current site of City Hall and surrounding properties. One of the challenges of implementing a plan like this is the assembly of a critical mass of property to facilitate development. In the right circumstances it is appropriate for communities to purchase properties and aggregate them into parcels that can be resold to developers. This approach was used successfully by the City of Johnston on Merle Hay Road in recent years – leading to the development of the Cadence housing project.

Developers should take note that the City is approaching critical mass with the properties adjacent to the current City Hall. The City has acquired (or is in the process of acquiring) several properties on the northeast corner of NW 62nd Ave. & Merle Hay Road. Further progress was recently made when the City approved a purchase agreement for 6285 Merle Hay Road. Do you have a project that would be suitable for an important node in the Johnston community? For more information, contact Adam Plagge, Economic Development Manager for the City of Johnston.

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

 Tour Book Cover

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.