Bulletin: Area Development Forum and Gardner Hampton Inn Groundbreaking

Area Development Forum Recap

EDC President, Greg Martinette attended the Area Development Consultants Forum in New Orleans June 5 – 7. The event brought together many of the leading site consultants for presentations, panels and roundtable discussions focused on the most current trends influencing corporate site selection. During the two-day forum, Martinette was able to participate in a program of insightful presentations given by leading site consultants whose key takeaways are designed to add value to the EDC business recruitment and retention strategy.

Hampton Inn Groundbreaking

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Hampton Inn of Gardner took place on Tuesday, June 20.

“Located along I-35 with easy access to New Century AirCenter to the north and Logistics Park KC to the south, this project is well positioned to meet growing demand for quality hotel and meeting space,” Gardner Mayor Chris Morrow said.

Scheduled to open in the summer or fall of 2018, this $15 million project features 87 rooms and a banquet facility with the ability to serve 250 – 300 people.

“This project will be an important tool in helping the EDC attract and retain business to the Gardner area,” Southwest Johnson County EDC President Greg Martinette added. “With companies like Amazon, Unilever and CenturyLink bringing thousands of workers and executives to the region, demand for room nights will most certainly continue to grow.”