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- 2013

November 2013
WESCO Distribution brings 32 jobs to Shawnee

WESCO Distribution Inc. announces its decision to locate its new warehouse and regional office in Shawnee, Kansas. The industrial supply company plans to create as many as 32 new jobs over a three-year period.

October 2013
Saints Pub + Patio marching on with new locations

On Halloween five years ago, Scott Anderson and Marc Mundt opened their first Kansas City-area Saints Pub + Patio at 9720 Quivira Road in Lenexa.

by Rob Roberts, Kansas City Business Journal

October 2013
Fry Orthodontics set to open in Shawnee

Kansas City-based Fry Orthodontics Specialists will open its new Shawnee office, 12125 Shawnee Mission Parkway, on Oct. 15.

by The Dispatch

September 2013
Nieman Business Park and surrounding businesses enjoy free lunch

About 400 employees of the 16 businesses located in and around the Nieman Business Park were treated to lunch Tuesday, September 17 as part of a business appreciation event hosted by the Shawnee Economic Development Council (SEDC).

September 2013
Natural Grocers gears up to hire for new Shawnee store

A shopping center overhaul that won $7 million worth of development incentives from the Shawnee City Council in May is taking shape, and its flagship grocery store is getting ready to hire.

by Jason Kendall, The Dispatch

September 2013
High Touch expects Kansas City-area growth, opens Shawnee office

High Touch Technologies, a Wichita-based technology services company, last week moved its Kansas City office from Overland Park to a larger space in Shawnee.

by Wichita Business Journal

August 2013
Bayer exec likes Animal Health Corridor’s momentum

As Kansas City’s largest animal health company, Bayer Animal Health has played a pivotal role in helping establish and develop the region’s KC Animal Health Corridor.

by Brianne Pfannenstiel, Kansas City Business Journal

July 2013
New Shawnee WalMart to create 200 jobs

The new Walmart Supercenter slated to open this fall in western Shawnee will create 200 jobs, the big-box retailer announced Monday.

by Jason Kendall, The Shawnee Dispatch

July 2013
Jimmy Johns opens second location in Shawnee

Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches has launched a second location in Shawnee.

by The Shawnee Dispatch

July 2013
Shawnee businesses recognized for impact in community

Shawnee Mayor Jeff Meyers and Shawnee Economic Development Council (SEDC) Executive Committee Chair Dennis Monahan presented 13 awards from the Shawnee Economic Development Council at the annual Business Appreciation Luncheon today.

June 2013
Airtex breaks ground on Shawnee's first spec of the century

Airtex Inc. broke ground Wednesday in Shawnee's newest industrial park, WestLink Business Center. The company, which designs and manufactures heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, is developing the park on 80 acres at 43rd Street and Powell Drive, just east of Kansas Highway 7.

by Rob Roberts, The Kansas City Business Journal

June 2013
Residents discuss long-term planning for Nieman Road

Plans for Nieman Road between Shawnee Mission Parkway and Johnson Drive took a very small step forward this past week. In a preliminary meeting Thursday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Shawnee, about 60 residents gathered to discuss the future of the road.

by Shawn Linenberger, The Shawnee Dispatch

June 2013
Improving economy dislodges stalled Shawnee Holiday Inn

The developer of a recession-idled Holiday Inn said he's moving forward with the project in Shawnee. Larry Patel, president of Liberty Hotel Group, said Monday that he will file plans this week for a 112-room hotel at the northwest corner of the Interstate 435/Midland Drive interchange.

by Rob Roberts, The Kansas City Business Journal

June 2013
Shawnee sees local economy climbing back

Shawnee is starting to see its economic climate return to a healthy state after its "low point" in 2009, The Shawnee Dispatch reports.

by The Kansas City Business Journal

May 2013
Kansas wins Gold Shovel for economic development, job creation

Area Development, a leading publication covering site selection and facility planning, announced its 2013 Gold and Silver Shovel Awards today, naming Kansas a Gold Shovel recipient.

by The Kansas Department of Commerce

May 2013
ICSC takeaway: Retail's on the upswing

Offices at several Kansas City area commercial real estate firms and economic development agencies have been vacant this week because their occupants are out seeking to fill retail vacancies.

by Rob Roberts, The Kansas City Business Journal

May 2013
Shawnee office building sells

Owners of a trio of companies bought a western Shawnee office building for $1.3 million and will move their operations to the location from elsewhere in Johnson County. T3 Now LLC bought a 22,000-square-foot building in the Shawnee Crossings retail and office development.

by Rob Roberts, The Kansas City Business Journal

May 2013
Shawnee benefits from aggressively shopping itself

After absorbing the blow of losing a major employer to Lenexa, leaders in Shawnee have the city back in the thick of the area development game, The Shawnee Dispatch reports.

by The Kansas City Business Journal

May 2013
Open for business: Shawnee grabbing attention of outside development world

Shawnee has long faced “a perception challenge” in trying to attract commercial development and new employers, Andrew Nave says. Despite occasional successes such as the Perimeter Park industrial development and Shawnee Station retail center, the city has been perceived as an insular bedroom community not much interested in outside business and development, said Nave, executive director of the Shawnee Economic Development Council.

by Rob Roberts, The Shawnee Dispatch

May 2013
Shawnee hurries up and waits for Google Fiber service

Shawnee became the fifth Johnson County city to formally welcome Google Fiber, though when the 1-gigabit, high-speed service will arrive is anyone’s guess, The Dispatch reports.

by The Kansas City Business Journal

May 2013
Shawnee approves agreement to bring Google Fiber to city

Google Fiber, the 1-gigabit Internet and television service that made its world premiere in a Kansas City, Kan., “fiberhood” last year, is planning to come to Shawnee.

by Rob Roberts, The Shawnee Dispatch

April 2013
Kansas ranks among most friendly states for small business

For the second consecutive year, Kansas has received high marks in Thumbtack.com’s Small Business Survey. Kansas received an overall grade of an “A” for Small Business Friendliness, up from an “A-” in 2012. The grade was the seventh highest in the country.

by The Kansas Department of Commerce

April 2013
Excise tax suspension spurs industrial development

Shawnee has reaped the first benefits from the City Council’s vote last month to suspend the city’s excise tax on new development.

by Rob Roberts, The Shawnee Dispatch

March 2013
Shawnee attracts two companies, more than 60 jobs from Lenexa

Two businesses have announced plans to move more than 60 jobs from Lenexa to the Shawnee Office Suites building at 6840 Silverheel St.

by Rob Roberts, The Shawnee Dispatch

March 2013
Shopping center project bags $7 million in incentives

The Shawnee City Council approved $7 million worth of incentives Monday for a $16.5 million project to redevelop the Shawnee Parkway Plaza retail center at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Pflumm.

by Rob Roberts, The Shawnee Dispatch

March 2013
Kansas finishes first in region for economic development projects

The state of Kansas has been ranked first in its region for economic development projects in Site Selection magazine’s 2012 rankings. Site Selection, which has compiled annual economic development rankings since 1978, listed Kansas 13th among all states for expansions and new facilities opened in 2012.

by The Kansas Department of Commerce

March 2013
Shawnee Mission school board appoints new superintendent

Jim Hinson of Independence, Mo., will be the new superintendent of schools for the Shawnee Mission school district.

by Melissa Treolo, The Shawnee Dispatch

March 2013
City Council votes to eliminate excise tax on new development

The Shawnee City Council voted March 5 to suspend the city’s excise tax on newly platted properties for two years in an effort to spur development.

by Rob Roberts, The Shawnee Dispatch

March 2013
Shawnee to get Natural Grocers if shopping area gets incentives

Those supporting incentives for Shawnee Parkway Plaza as a necessary step toward bringing more and better tenants to the struggling retail center just got some organic ammunition.

by Rob Roberts, The Shawnee Dispatch

February 2013
Advance Auto Parts opens second store in Shawnee

Advance Auto Parts Inc. opened its second Shawnee store on Feb. 15 at 22103 W. 66th St.

by The Shawnee Dispatch

January 2013
Shawnee poised to suspend excise tax on development

The Shawnee City Council Committee voted unanimously Feb. 5 to recommend suspension of the city’s excise tax on platted parcels. The two-year suspension, scheduled for a City Council vote on Feb. 25, is aimed at spurring development as the economy begins to thaw.

by Rob Roberts, The Shawnee Dispatch

January 2013
Council sets hearings for shopping center incentives

The Shawnee City Council voted unanimously Monday to set March 11 public hearings regarding two types of incentives requested for the proposed redevelopment of Shawnee Parkway Plaza, a stagnant retail center southeast of Shawnee Mission Parkway and Pflumm Road.

by Rob Roberts, The Shawnee Dispatch

January 2013
Parkway forum set for Feb. 6

An hourlong forum on the future of the Shawnee Mission Parkway corridor is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Hocker Grove Middle School, 10400 Johnson Drive.

by The Shawnee Dispatch

January 2013
Developer says growth back in the picture

After studying growth patterns in the metropolitan area a few years ago, the Mid-America Regional Council reported that Shawnee was on the verge of a development explosion.

by Rob Roberts, The Shawnee Dispatch

January 2013
Startup to manufacture 250 jobs in Shawnee

The Shawnee Economic Development Council is ringing in 2013 with good news — a welcome change after last year’s announcement that Perceptive Software will move its nearly 700-job headquarters to Lenexa.

by Rob Roberts, The Shawnee Dispatch

January 2013
Shopping center incentives advance

The Shawnee City Council on Monday established a tax increment financing district for the proposed $16.5 million redevelopment of Shawnee Parkway Plaza, a long-stagnant shopping center at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Pflumm Road.

by Rob Roberts, The Shawnee Dispatch

January 2013
City's building pace accelerated in 2012

Residential and commercial construction in the city continued to thaw in 2012, according to year-end figures from Shawnee City Hall.

by Rob Roberts, The Shawnee Dispatch

January 2013
E.C. Manufacturing opening facility in Shawnee

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that E.C. Manufacturing, an advanced manufacturing startup, will open its operations in Shawnee.

by The Kansas Department of Commerce

January 2013
Bayer HealthCare completes Teva animal health acquisition

Bayer HealthCare LLC announced Jan. 3 that it has received the necessary regulatory approvals to complete its acquisition of the U.S.-based animal health business of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

by The Shawnee Dispatch

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