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Economic Development Council

The Chamber´s Economic Development Council (EDC) was formed in 1995 to direct Olathe´s economic development activities. Its mission is to be the lead organization in marketing Olathe and strengthening the local economy through activities that result in the retention and creation of business investments in the community.

Funded from private and public sources, the EDC acts on behalf of the community to secure new business prospects, assist existing business expansions, and develop infrastructure and tools needed to contend in today´s competition for business growth. These companies invest in the EDC.

In addition, the EDC interacts with local and state elected officials, city staff and the Olathe Chamber of Commerce to accomplish economic development goals for the community.

EDC Advisory Council:

Mr. Gary Anderson
Gilmore Bell

Ms. Rita Ashley
Commerce Bank/Monrovia

Dr. Marlin Berry
Leadership Olathe Alumni Association

Mr. Ramin Cherafat
McCownGordon Construction

Mr. Dave Clements

Mr. Michael Copeland
City of Olathe

Mr. Mitchell Crawford
Farmers Insurance Group-HelpPoint Operations

Mr. Frank Devocelle
Olathe Medical Center

Mr. Craig Eymann
Eymann Development, Inc.

Mr. Ted Gartner
Garmin International, Inc.

Mr. Tim Gelvin
Gelvin Oil and Land, LLC

Ms. Shannon Latham
Olathe Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Sam Mansker
Olathe Ford Lincoln

Mr. Tim McKee
Olathe Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Tom Mitchell
DLR Group

Mr. Paul Neidlein
JE Dunn Construction Co.

Mr. Gary Nevius
DLR Group

Mr. Tim Petty
US Bank

Ms. Penny Postoak Ferguson
Johnson County Government

Dr. Dan Richardson

Mr. Matt Ruark
Key Bank Real Estate Capital

Mr. Ron Shaver
City of Olathe

Mr. Bret Sheffield
VanTrust Real Estate

Ms. Susan Sherman
City of Olathe

Mr. Alan Shorthouse
City of Olathe

Mr. John L. Snyder

Mr. Michael Snyder
John Deere Company

Mr. Chris Sparks

Mr. John A. Thomas
Leadership Olathe Alumni Association

Mr. David Vranicar

Mr. Casey Wilhm
Olathe Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Michael Wilkes
City of Olathe

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