The City of Edgerton, Kansas voted Sept. 22 to form an economic development task force charged with creating an Edgerton-focused public-private economic development organization by early 2017. The task force will be comprised of City staff and representatives from BNSF Railway, NorthPoint Development and local utility partners.
As a result, in 2017, the city will not renew its investment in the Southwest Johnson County Economic Development Corporation (EDC), which currently provides economic development services to Edgerton, as well as the City of Gardner and New Century AirCenter.
“Edgerton has enjoyed a great partnership with Southwest Johnson County EDC and is extremely appreciative of the valuable services EDC has provided to us over the years. We wish the organization and its leadership continued success in the future,” said Edgerton Mayor Donald Roberts. “Since Logistics Park Kansas City opened in late 2013, Edgerton has experienced tremendous growth. To build upon and sustain that growth, we believe it’s time to create an Edgerton-centric organization to drive economic development and build relationships for our community.”
The task force will report its progress to City Council throughout the remainder of 2016 as it works toward the formation of an economic development organization that is operational by early 2017.