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Johnson County leadership summit Friday in Overland Park

September 27, 2007

Elected leaders and top management representatives from Johnson County's city and county governments will gather Friday for the second annual Johnson County Leadership Summit at the Overland Park Marriott Hotel, 10800 Metcalf Ave.

The summit is being organized by Annabeth Surbaugh, chairman of the Johnson County Board of Commissioners, with invitations extended to elected leaders, city administrators, and key managers from each of the county's 19 cities.

The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast and is scheduled to conclude at 1:30 p.m. The summit is aimed at bringing together city and county officials to focus on expanding networks, identifying shared interests, and gauging prospects for enhanced partnerships.

The program will feature a panel of local community leaders to offer their perspectives about "Opportunities for Local Leadership." Panelists are Tom Riederer, president of the Southwest Johnson County Economic Development Corporation; Gary Sherrer, a member of the Kansas Board of Regents, former Kansas lieutenant governor, and now senior vice president of economic development for the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce; Marjorie Kaplan, superintendent of the Shawnee Mission School District; and David Warm, executive director of the Mid-America Regional Council.

Panel moderator will be David Adkins, vice chancellor for external affairs at the University of Kansas Medical School and a former member of the Kansas Senate and the Kansas House of Representatives.

Topics for small breakout sessions by summit participants will include insufficient influence over state/federal legislation impacting Johnson County; inadequate tax policies and over reliance on property tax to fund public services; better cooperation between the county and cities in economic development; lack of affordable housing options throughout the county for individuals and families; and, poor traffic flows due to an inability to maintain and enhance roads and transit systems.

Two of the issues -- affordable housing and transportation -- were among the top five concerns listed at the first summit last year.

More information about the 2007 Leadership Summit is available by contacting Surbaugh or Sarah Plinsky, assistant to the county manager at the Johnson County Manager's Office, at (913) 715-0738.

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