Downtown OP IDEA District

In November 2017, Mayor Carl Gerlach signed Resolution #4377 proclaiming Downtown Overland Park the Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship and Arts District (IDEA District) for the City of Overland Park. This resolution was signed in support of the ongoing work of the Downtown Overland Park Partnership board of directors, staff and volunteer Economic Development committee.

Downtown Overland Park is currently home to a high density of entrepreneurial, innovative and creative businesses and organizations; the ongoing recruitment and retention of these types of businesses will continue to provide a substantial economic impact on Downtown and the community at large. With this designation, Downtown Overland Park will continue to serve as a hub of creativity that reaches out to make connections throughout Overland Park, Johnson County and the greater metropolitan area.

The IDEA District designation streamlines efforts to develop a creative placemaking plan, strategic partnerships, artist live/work spaces, public art design and placement, dynamic community events, clear signage and wayfinding, coordinated marketing, sustainability features, transportation hubs and entrepreneurial programming. 

Please note, this is not a re-brand of Downtown Overland Park; the IDEA District will provide opportunities for additional grant resources, cohesive planning for the future look and feel of the area and an increase in entrepreneurial programming in support of locally-owned businesses in the efforts to continue the growth of Downtown Overland Park, a unique community asset.