Board of County Commission Chairman Ed Eilert today presented the 2018 State of the County address during a luncheon at the Ritz Charles.
Eilert’s address focused on job growth, the county’s commitment to entrepreneurship, and the educational and training opportunities available locally. He provided updates on new and ongoing county infrastructure projects including new parks and libraries, a new courthouse, medical’s examiner facility and wastewater treatment facility, along with recent achievements.
“The history of our community shows that progress has never been optional,” Eilert said. “Time after time, our residents have demonstrated their belief in — and support for — programs that will build an outstanding community. Let me assure you that the state of our country is strong and our future is bright.”
The chairman highlighted advancement opportunities available at area high schools and Johnson County Community College and through entities such as the Enterprise Center of Johnson County and the Women’s Business Center. “The opportunities to train or retrain is available here at home,” he said. “You can gain a marketable skill in Johnson County.”
The address also recognized the important work done by the county’s Human Services Department and Mental Health Center to serve vulnerable populations. In 2017, the Mental Health Center’s 24/7 crisis line received more than 21,000 calls, averaging 58 daily calls responding to crisis and helping at-risk residents.
His remarks closed with reaffirmation of the importance of educational opportunities to enhance and maintain communities and as a pathway to success.
“The message we must deliver, over and over again, is that regardless of an individual’s situation, the opportunity to advance a career is available in Johnson County,” Eilert said.
The event was hosted by the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the Johnson County Public Policy Council. Eilert's full remarks are available online.