The city of Edgerton, the future home to a massive Amazon.com fulfillment center, wants to raise its economic development profile in the region.
The Edgerton City Council voted last week to form a task force with the goal of creating an ” Edgerton-focused public-private” economic development organization by early 2017.
The city said the planning group will be made up city staff and representatives from BNSF Railway, NorthPoint Development and local utility companies.
As a result of the directive, Edgerton said in its announcement that it will not renew its investment in the Southwest Johnson County Economic Development Corp., which provides economic development services to the city as well as the city of Gardner and New Century AirCenter.
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NorthPoint, based in Riverside, is the developer of Logistics Park Kansas City. The freight distribution center, which covers more than 1,700-acres, opened in late 2013 and wraps around the BNSF Railway intermodal center.
Earlier this year, Amazon announced it will open an 822,104-square-foot fulfillment center at Logistics Park that will create about 1,000 full-time jobs. It’s one of two centers planned by the online gaint in the Kansas City area, with the other one slated for Kansas City, Kan. The facility in Edgerton will handle large merchandise, such as big-screen televisions, and sports equipment.
“Since Logistics Park Kansas City opened, Edgerton has experienced tremendous growth,” said Donald Roberts, Edgerton mayor. “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.”