Who we are
Journey Johnson County is the official destination marketing organization for Johnson County, IN, which is just south of Indianapolis.
What do we do?
Our organization helps residents and visitors to best enjoy the communities of Johnson County through this website and our social media. We help you find great restaurants, lodging, attractions, stores, events and more. The tourism industry brings millions of dollars each year into the community. Journey Johnson County also aims to be a leader in product development, encouraging the expansion of trails, the addition of new festivals and the creation of new attractions – making Johnson County a better place to live and visit.
Board and Staff
Mike Neal – President
Janice Bullman – Vice President
Cynthia Williams – Treasurer
Megan Bowman – Secretary
Sarah Brown, Joe Denning, Christian Maslowski, Laura Richardson and Kim Smith – Board Members
Kenneth Kosky – Director of Tourism
The Journey Johnson County project was started by residents of Johnson County as a participation project in conjunction with the 2009 Leadership Johnson County program in partnership with Franklin College.
The mission for the project (named “Journey Johnson County”) was to create tourism tools that can highlight our county’s offerings, attract “journeyers” from within, and outside of, our county. With this mission in mind, the project group created this website and a coloring book, designed to educate and highlight all the great places and things to do in Johnson County.
The original members of the team were: Rich Arkanoff, Chris Menze, Don Cummings, Eileen Meyer, Janette Koon, Pat Rather, Brooke Lang and Ric Schlosser.
After completion of the project and graduation from the LJC program, Don Cummings and Pat Rather continued to maintain the page, located on the Franklin College server. By 2011, as the Super Bowl was about to roll into town, the Chambers of Commerce looked to the Journey Johnson County site as a vessel to house county activities info around the big game. The following projects were added:
- They started a Facebook page AND a Super Celebration page.
- The Journey Johnson County tagline/banner ended up on transport buses shuttling to downtown Indy
- They got I-65 billboard space
- They got people from across the country to positively review our restaurants online after they got here
In 2014, the credibility of the brand led to funding from the Johnson County Community Foundation and the Greenwood Chamber, launching the highly successful 2015 “Loco for JoCo Brewing Tour,” an opportunity to host 24 print, web, TV & radio media personalities to tour 5 brewing establishments throughout Johnson County. The results?
- Highly successful impressions of our community, beyond brewing
- Our first foray into the world of Twitter
- Created weekly consumer tours
In early 2015, the team that was continuing to work on the Journey Johnson County site decided to ask if Aspire JC/JCDC would take ownership of the site.
Funding for creation of a newly renovated Journey Johnson County website was graciously donated by the Johnson County Community Network and the Johnson County Community Foundation. The Johnson County Development Corporation and their community development program, Aspire Johnson County, contracted with SpinWeb to create the state of the art website you see today.
Journey Johnson County hired its first director of tourism in 2017 and took over management of this website, as well as the day-to-day operations of the destination marketing organization.