Garner Economic LLC
View the Final Report - A Strategy for Effective Economic Development Change in Topeka and Shawnee County. The report was prepared for the Joint Economic Development Organization. The result of the assessment and the recommended actions to attain the goals are summarized in the report through a series of observations and recommendations on how JEDO can work to enhance its economic development service delivery process and improve the area’s business climate.
View Phase 1 Final Report of the Economic Development Situation Analysis Report for Topeka and Shawnee County, Kansas. Phase 1 is the first of two reports that will be provided to JEDO. It documents the work of the first two elements of the project scope and summarizes the findings of Phase 1. This first phase informs our process and allows the Garner Economics team to create the final recommendations JEDO must take to fully leverage the community’s assets or mitigate its challenges.
Joint Economic Development Organization (JEDO)
The Joint Economic Development Organization (JEDO) was established by an interlocal agreement between Shawnee County and the City of Topeka, Kansas, in 2001. The JEDO Board is comprised of 13 members. Voting members include the three Shawnee County Commissioners, City of Topeka Mayor and Deputy Mayor and two City Council members. Nonvoting members are the remaining six Council members. JEDO is funded through the half cent county wide retailers sales tax established by the inter-local agreement and is to be used for economic development.
The City and County rotate the position of JEDO Chairperson with the Mayor serving in odd-numbered years pursuant to City of Topeka Resolution No. 7623 and the Chairperson of the County Commission serving in even-numbered years commencing on January 1 of the respective year. The City and the County also rotate the administrative duties with the City providing those services in odd-numbered years and the County doing so in even-numbered years.
JEDO Board meetings are open to the public and televised, except for executive sessions pursuant to state law. The Board meets at least quarterly each calendar year, with the first meeting being held in January. Agendas are distributed at least five business days prior to each meeting and posted on the City’s website here.
Public comment is allowed on each actionable agenda item and at the end of each meeting. Citizens are given four minutes to speak and comments must relate to topics directly relevant to JEDO business.
HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR PUBLIC COMMENT?
- Odd-Numbered Years - Notify the City Clerk’s Office at 785-368-3940 or firstname.lastname@example.org before 5:00 p.m. on the date of the meeting.
- Even-Numbered Years - Notify the Shawnee County Counselor’s Office at 785-251-4042 or Megan.Barrett@snco.us before 5:00 p.m. on the date of the meeting.
Notification requirement will not apply to items added during the meeting.