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State of the City: Mayor to focus on strategic leadership efforts that improve OP

Mayor Carl Gerlach’s 2020 State of the City speech will look ahead to the City’s biggest priorities while sharing the intentional leadership actions that have made Overland Park an award-winning place to live, work, and play for 60 years.

The mayor will address top priorities for Overland Park’s future, including:

  • Expansion of U.S. 69, and a discussion with Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz about adding electronic tolling to new lanes.
  • Continued public-private partnership efforts to attract and retain companies to Overland Park, including a discussion with Beth Johnson of the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce’s economic development council.
  • A new partnership with Blue Valley School District for Fire Station 48 and a fire science program, including a discussion with Incoming Superintendent Dr. Tonya Merrigan and Overland Park Fire Department Chief Bryan Dehner.

KCPT’s Nick Haines will join Mayor Gerlach to facilitate conversations with panelists.

The State of the City speech will also highlight recent awards, community partnerships, an update to Forward OP, the community’s vision, and more.

The Overland Park Chamber of Commerce hosts the Mayor’s State of the City luncheon. It is sponsored by St. Luke’s Health System. Register for the luncheon on the Chamber’s website.


Meg Ralph Digital Communications Supervisor City Manager’s Office 913-895-6160