Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response & Information

Johnston Economic Development Corporation is monitoring the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on our local business community. It has long been our mission to foster growth and economic development in Johnston, and during these uncertain times, we are committed to helping businesses and employees combat the effects of COVID-19. On this page, we have compiled a list of programs and resources, and we will continue to update this list as additional resources become available.

Development Forum

Our annual development forum has been indefinitely postponed in order to continue to practice social distancing during this uncertain time. It is currently unknown whether this event will be rescheduled at a later date.

Please be sure to check your emails from us, as our team will reach with any updated information about this event. If you’d like to sign up for our newsletter to see all updates regarding events and more, please subscribe to our newsletter.

Board Meeting

In order to practice and encourage social distancing, we converted our bi-monthly board meeting to a web conference, held March 24, 2020. This special topic meeting focused on COVID-19 response and featured information from Mayor Paula Dierenfeld, as well as leaders from Iowa Economic Development Authority and the Greater Des Moines Partnership. Because discussions were highly relevant to our local business community, we’ve published the audio for anyone who wants to listen.

Resources for the Business Community

Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Des Moines Partnership is continuing to monitor the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the region, providing updates and resources to the working community of the Des Moines metro. From learning opportunities to business assistance, they are doing their best to help employers and employees be prepared.

U.S. Small Business Administration

Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy, and the SBA is committed to assisting businesses during this time. As the situation with COVID-19 remains ongoing, business owners should continue to check in on what options may be available to them.

Iowa Economic Development Authority

Due to the economic impact of COVID-19 closures and postponements, Iowa Economic Development Authority continues to gather resources and information that may be of use to  partners and businesses statewide. 

Iowa Workforce Development

To combat many of the negative economic effects of COVID-19,  Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa Workforce Development have implemented an assistance program aimed at employers facing layoffs and the employees impacted by them. Additionally, IWD provide various resources for finding temporary employment and understanding unemployment insurance.

Iowa State University Center for Industrial Research and Service

As COVID-19 continues to spread globally, there are a number of measures manufacturers can take to stay safe and slow spreading. ISU’s Center for Industrial Research an Service (CIRAS) has provided various educational guides and direct support to those in industrial businessmen in order to help them plan, prepare, protect and recover their operations.

What Locals Need to Know

City of Johnston

The health and wellness of the City of Johnston residents and employees is a top priority. The City continues to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak and will follow guidance from the Polk County Health Department.

Johnston Chamber of Commerce

Your Johnston Chamber of Commerce is working diligently to serve the community in a positive and encouraging way. Please visit their website to learn about which businesses are operational in Johnston, including restaurants, churches, grocery stores, etc.

Johnston Partnership

The Johnston Partnership has altered its operation procedures In order to protect the community and volunteer staff. Please visit the website to learn more about opportunities to volunteer or donate, or visit to learn about receiving services and goods from the pantry during this time.


In order to promote health and safety throughout the Des Moines metro, DART has made changes to operation procedures and has suspended collecting fares. These efforts will help operators and riders practice social distancing while still serving the population that relies on this service.

Stay Healthy. Stay Safe. Stay in-the-Know.

COVID-19 in Iowa

For information about employment, education, transportation and travel, public safety and more, this website has links to all the resources and maps you need to stay informed.

Governor’s Newsroom

Follow important updates from Governor Kim Reynolds as COVID-19 continues to spread throughout Iowa, impacting the day-to-day life of citizens and the economy,

Iowa DPH

Learn more information about the global outbreak of COVID-19, and find resources with information about its impact and about prevention.