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Johnson County Education and Research Triangle (JCERT)

What is the Johnson County Education and Research Triangle, or JCERT?

JCERTThere are three legs to the triangle, the KU Cancer Clinical Research Center in Fairway (CRC), K-State Olathe and the KU Edwards Campus BEST Center (Business, Engineering, Science and Technology) in Overland Park.

Besides an economic impact of well over $1.4 billion in the next two decades, the triangle will bring more cancer treatment options to our citizens right here at home. It will unlock millions of dollars in private and public donations and research grants. It will bring world-class food safety research and animal health master's degrees to Johnson County. It will provide expanded and much-needed engineering, science, business and technology programs to keep our existing businesses and jobs as well as attract new companies and new jobs.

The authority members, appointed to four-year terms, are:

• Carl Gerlach (Chair), Overland Park Mayor, appointed by Kansas State University;

Jason Osterhaus, Johnson County Commissioner, appointed by the Kansas Board of Regents; 

David Lindstrom, Johnson County Community College, appointed by Johnson County Community College;

Michael Copeland, Mayor of Olathe, appointed by the Kansas Board of Regents; 

Melissa Rooker, Kansas State Senator, appointed by the University of Kansas; 

Peggy Dunn, Mayor of Leawood, appointed by the University of Kansas; 

Julia Lynn, Kansas State Senator, appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback. 

For more information, visit the JCERT website