Recognition by the International County/City Managers Association (ICMA) is considered the highest honor a local government can receive by professionals in the field. Once again, the City of Olathe has been singled out. This year's ICMA Program Excellence Award for Community Partnerships has been given to the Kansas State Olathe Innovations Campus and Bioscience Park.
The Program Excellence Award recognizes the tremendous regional impact the project will bring, and the partnerships that are making it possible. Originally initiated by the City of Olathe, the Kansas Bioscience Authority and Kansas State University, the partnership grew to include the Olathe Chamber of Commerce, the Olathe District Schools and MidAmerica Nazarene University, and ultimately, the Johnson County Research Triangle.
Project infrastructure construction continues, and plans are in place for the first two buildings, the Kansas Bioscience Authority Venture Accelerator and headquarters and the Kansas State University National Food Safety and Animal Health Institute.
The award will be presented at this year's ICMA Annual Conference in Montreal, Canada in September.
To learn more about the project, visit the Kansas Bioscience Authority website, www.kansasbioauthority.org, the Kansas State Olathe Innovation Campus website,http://kstateoic.ksu.edu/, or the City of Olathe's website at www.OlatheKs.org. Updated webcam photos are online.