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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, Overland Park Mayor, appointed by Kansas State University;
  • Ed Eilert, Johnson County Commissioner, appointed by the Kansas Board of Regents (Chair); 
  • Mike Boehm, Lenexa Mayor, appointed by the University of Kansas (Vice Chair);
  • Kay Wolf, Kansas State Senator, appointed by Governor Sam Brownback; 
  • C. Edward Peterson, Johnson County Commissioner, appointed by the Board of Commissioners;
  • Greg Musil, Johnson County Community College, appointed by Johnson County Community College; and
  • Jeff Melcher, Kansas State Senator, appointed by Governor Sam Brownback.

For more information, visit the JCERT website