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From the County’s southwest corner where the intermodal and Logistics Park are expected to generate 14,000 jobs and $1.4 billion, to the northeast region where excitement is building over the anticipated fall 2014 completion of IKEA Merriam, it’s a great time to do business in Johnson County. Over the last 15 years, Johnson County has provided more jobs than any other county in Kansas. Fueled by stellar regional universities and local colleges, a metro-wide focus on entrepreneurship, easy access to transportation and a strong Midwestern work ethic, Johnson County’s economy has created a net increase of 2,800 private sector employers over the past 10 years.

Business News

Street at New Century AirCenter honors famed astronaut

A new street in Johnson County commemorates John Glenn.

This afternoon a gathering at the Commemorative Air Force of America Wing at the New Century AirCenter remembered Astronaut John Glenn with the unveiling of a street sign honoring him. The New Century AirCenter originally served as the Olathe Naval Air Station until approximately 50 years ago. During its heyday, the Olathe Naval Air Station offered flight training and activities during both World War II and the Korean War.  Before Glenn became the first astronaut to orbit Earth in 1962, with the world at war in July 1942, it was here that Glenn earned his military wings by training in a two-seater Stearman plane. He trained in the first class at the Olathe Naval Air Station.

More information is available in this news release.

You can also view the event from this Facebook Live video.

All T-Hangar Leases Must Be Renewed Before June 1, 2019

On March 27, 2019, the Johnson County Airport Commission adopted a new Airplane Hangar Rental Agreement and rate structure, which is effective June 1, 2019 for all T-Hangars at New Century AirCenter and Johnson County Executive Airport. 

  • As part of this process, the current Airplane Hangar Rental Agreements are being terminated effective at midnight on May 31, 2019.  Per the termination terms of the current lease, tenants are hereby notified that your current Agreement will terminate on May 31st.
  • This communication along with a letter and email serves as the 30-day written notice of intent to terminate pursuant to the current Agreement.
  • All existing T-Hangar tenants are required to complete and sign and return the new Agreement prior to the start of the new agreement on June 1, 2019
  • The Agreement, along with associated documents must be completed, signed, and returned to the Airport Commission Office at One New Century Parkway, New Century, KS 66031.  
  • The forms are available on the New Century Airport or Executive Airport web sites and will also be sent via mail to tenants the week of April 22nd. 
  • New Century AirCenter forms https://www.jocogov.org/dept/airport-commission/aircenter
  • Executive Airport forms https://www.jocogov.org/dept/airport-commission/executive-airport
Child care business info fair this Saturday

Are you interested in starting your own quality, licensed, in-home day care business in Johnson County? Learn the basics about how to get started during our information fair on May 6! 

  • Learn from local leaders in quality child care and early learning; get your questions answered.
  • Make contacts and connections with organizations that can help support you.
  • Find out exactly what steps you need to take to establish in-home day care.
  • Save money! Johnson County Government will pay the licensing fees for anyone who attends the fair and starts his or her own day care business (up to $287 value).
  • During the fair, learn how you can take Parents as Teachers Free Family Child Care Business classes for free. The classes are presented in Spanish and valued at $700! Also includes all State required classes and incentives.
  • Information during the fair will be available in both English and Spanish.

The format of the information fair is to come and go at your convenience, however there will be brief presentations by all the partner agencies in two cycles — from 10 a.m. to noon and again from noon to 2 p.m. So if you would like to see the information presented during all the partner agency presentations, it would be best to plan to attend for the duration of one of those two-hour blocks. 

If you have questions about the information fair, please call 913-715-2113. View the event flier on jocogov.org for further details. 

Severe weather event update

Damage assessments are underway at Johnson County Executive Airport continue after strong storms moved through the county Monday night around 8:30 p.m.  

"The airport reopened to air traffic with limited operations before 9 this morning," said county manager Hannes Zacharias.

The airport is not open to the public because of safety reasons. Olathe building inspectors and structural engineers from Burns and McDonnell are on site assessing the buildings.

Most of the damage to hangar buildings and planes is on the east side of the airport. Some damage occurred in hangars on the west side of the complex.

“The county Emergency Operations Center was activated early Monday afternoon to monitor the storms moving into the county,” emergency manager Dan Robeson said. “Storm spotters were deployed throughout the county and the EOC was in contact with the National Weather Service throughout the event. There were no tornado warnings issued for Johnson County and no reports of tornadoes from county storm spotters. However, Emergency Management was made aware of damage and worked with city and county partners to assess the damage overnight.”

“As there were no tornado warnings for Johnson County and no reports of tornadoes from spotters in the field, the outdoor warning sirens were not sounded in the county,” Robeson said.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office, in coordination with the county’s public works and airport staff, secured the area late Monday and will continue to provide security during clean up.

According to the National Weather Service, preliminary assessments indicate damage in Olathe and Overland Park was due to straight line winds, not a tornado.

The Johnson County Executive Airport was closed overnight and reopened to limited operations this morning allowing air traffic, but no public access due to concerns about safety of the damaged hangars. Building inspectors and structural engineers from Burns and McDonnell remain on site assessing the buildings.

Numerous small planes were damaged at the airport; however, officials have not determined the number. Five county hangars on the east side of the airport sustained damage and one was destroyed. Three other private hangar facilities also sustained some damage. Minor damage was sustained on some of the four county hangars on the west side of the airport. The county hangars are leased to businesses, groups and individuals. Each hangar can house up to 14 planes, however, it was unknown if planes were in each hangar.

Johnson County Airport Commission is working with tenants who lease the hangars to coordinate access to their items and areas over the next few days. 

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office, in coordination with the county’s public works and airport staff, continue to provide security during cleanup.

The county was under a tornado watch (not a warning) when the storm moved into the area Monday night.

Storm damages, shuts down Executive Airport

The Johnson County Executive Airport, located at 151st St. and Pflumm Rd, between Olathe and Overland Park, has been shut down due to multiple hangars and planes damaged in a severe storm on the evening of Monday, March 6. Emergency response crews reported to the scene immediately; no airport personnel were injured.

Fire departments from Olathe, Overland Park and Kansas City, Kansas were on scene to assess damage and ensure the area was safe.

Everyone is asked to please stay away from the area until further notice. Natural gas and power have been shut off.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office, in coordination with the county’s public works and airport staff, have secured the area. The Johnson County Airport Commission will assist people who lease hangars to coordinate access to their items and areas. 

Free disaster response workshop on May 26

Is your organization prepared to continue operations should a tornado strike? We're here to help.

A free workshop on May 26 will allow businesses as well as public sector, non-governmental and voluntary organizations to discuss how they would respond to a severe weather scenario in Johnson County, and form partnerships before a real disaster strikes.

Johnson County Emergency Management & Communications, FEMA and Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc. are partnering on the full day event which will feature presentations, panel discussions and a scenario-based discussion. The workshop is free but registration is required. 

More information and a link to register are available in this flyer.


Upcoming Events

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Tue, 07/23/2019 - 5:45pm

Planning Commission Meeting

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 9:00am

Airport Commission Meeting

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 7:00pm

Northwest Consolidated Zoning Board

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 5:30pm

Board of Zoning Appeals

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 5:45pm
Wed, 07/24/2019 - 9:00am
Wed, 07/24/2019 - 7:00pm
Mon, 07/29/2019 - 7:00pm
Thu, 08/01/2019 - 10:00am

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