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Johnston Northern Polk County News (Newspaper) - January 6, 1983, Johnston, Iowa 20 Vol. 13 No. 16 Iowa January 6,1983 Johnston Chamber Economic Development Plan INTRODUCTION it generally accepted that the potential for residential growth for Johnston over the next two decades is the greatest of any community in the greater Des Moines metropolitan The increased need for city services as the result of this and the normal rate of growth for existing costs of city police and fire and other related services will soon exceed revenues generated from residential The alternatives are to reduce or compromise existing or broaden the tax base through commercial and or industrial Cities across this country who are in good financial owe a large portion of their success to the fact that their tax base is well A mix of industrial and residential valuations based on a well conceived economic development program will seek to broaden the tax ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Economic development can be defined in two the first being a formal policy by the public and private sectors stating the desire to continually expand Johnston's tax create expand revenues and contribute to quality of This is accomplished by creating an image of wanting industrial and residential Phase two is the action economic development active pursuit of targeted new and expanding a schedule for the development of a compatible infrastructure and the adoption of general incentives for business to make Johnston their By this we come to some factors that suggest its the creation of jobs is An aggressive economic development program is based on this A U.S. i; Chamber of Commerce survey tells us for every 100 new jobs the municipality can expect close to one million dollars to be injected into its By the same new and expanding business means an increase in tax new income and increased valuations over As we will document expanded revenue sources for cities is becoming a major issue and revenue derived through an economic development program is one but an alternative that has A final important factor is the presentation of Johnston as a prosperous A community that looks at all possible options to benefit its CURRENT PERCEPTIONS The recent past has reflected several viewpoints concerning economic One viewpoint emphasizes the rural atmosphere and quality of life in A second viewpoint supports controlled economic development as a means of protecting the tax The Chamber perceives its role as providing relevant information to ensure decisions are based upon a sound data The Chamber polled its membership this spring as to their feelings on economic Our poll revealed the majority favored planned development and on April 29, 1982, voted unanimously to endorse a program of economic Report Continued Page 5 CONCLUSION With the public sector's commitment to cooperate we feel assured that an aggressive economic development program can be designed and implemented which will blend the objectives and viewpoints discussed This will be a big step for our but one that has great Our purpose with this report was to give additional insight as to the key elements that must be included in the design of a successful economic development We hope the information provided gives itself to a decision to become an active partner in the continued planned development of Johnston's strength in attracting quality candidates for development lies in the aesthetics of its rural A well conceived economic development program will seek to broaden the tax thereby guaranteeing essential while maintaining strong covenants designed to protect our of The Chamber stands ready to forge ahead with this once the City Council feels its support is This bandit was caught in the act of feasting on bird a i a a n i a i * * i * i * 111 u i vi i w a OPERATION KIDS Registration for will be held at the Johnston City Hall on Jan. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parents are encouraged to bring their children during those hours to obtain a registration Police personnel will be on hand to help parents obtain finger and palm prints from their The registration cards will be returned to the parents who are encouraged to file them with their important The cards will only be used by the police in an emergency situation when a child is The program is strictly GIFTS The Johnston Jaycee Ettes are greeting the New Year with gifts of utility certificates to some Johnston senior The Jaycee Ettes will give away two Iowa Power gift certificates and four City of Johnston Water Those eligible for the gifts are Johnston senior citizens who can register by calling 278-8849 or 276-6060 or by registering at the Johnston City 5765 Merle Hay Registration Form Name Address Age Phone Enter at City Hall 11 II 1 I t I 1.1.1 I I I I ' i ' i ' i
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