News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

St Mary's Manor hosts Poker Run in memory of Dr. Keith Broughton

clock July 23, 2009 16:01 by author Jeff Quibell

Flyer new 2009

We are holding The Broughton Poker Run in memory of Dr. Keith Broughton. This is a 100 mile motorcycle event held on August 15th 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. The start out times are 9:00 am -11:00 am. It is $20.00 for early bird reg. and $25.00 the day of with $5.00 for extra cards. The proceeds go toward our Amputee Clinic. Dr. Broughton was our medical director for years and then turned to us for services when he became an amputee. Contact rsullivan@carondelet.com or Rhonda @ 228-5655x28.


City delay has slowed development

clock July 23, 2009 15:44 by author Jeff Quibell

image Ararat Shrine Temple is Kansas City’s home for our local Shriners.  Shriners believe care for the less fortunate, especially children who suffer from burns and crippling diseases, is their institutional calling.

Many of us recognize the Shriners as frequent participants in summer civic parades around the area and as the hosts of the annual Shrine Circus in Kansas City. Shriners worldwide provide the funding for a series of 22 pediatric specialty children’s hospitals that provide free health care for children with severe burns or orthopedic needs.

I have the honor of being a member of Ararat Shrine and recently helped with their weekly bingo fundraiser. I was approached by a Shriner from Blue Springs and, as happens frequently, the discussion turned to local happenings and events. Following my three-year term on the City Council, I am frequently asked about things related to developments and progress within Blue Springs. Our discussion centered on the Adams Dairy Landing project and why it was not progressing as quickly as its counterpart in Lee’s Summit, Summit Fair.

This discussion made me realize that others in Blue Springs may be wondering the same thing. My opinion on the issue stems from the long, ongoing debate on the City Council as to whether the city should focus retail development at U.S. 40 and Missouri 7 or closer to Interstate 70.

Retailers considering coming to Blue Springs have long recognized easy access from I-70 would bring customers from Blue Springs and from communities to the east and those who drive by each day on the interstate.

It quickly became apparent that retail at Adams Dairy and I-70 would also encourage the office development that our city has wanted for so long.  This simple change in development policy helped to make the Missouri Innovation Park possible.

The shopping center project has been slowed by early opposition to the Transportation Development District funding by some City Council members. By my own personal estimate, this opposition slowed the project down by at least a year. Think about that. If the TDD had been approved on a normal time scale, Adams Dairy Landing could have opened by the spring of 2008. Instead, the opening of Target will be Oct. 11, with the remainder opening in the spring of 2010.

The next step in planning for development is to complete the 2008-09 review of our comprehensive plan, which is mandated by our City Charter at least once every five years. This allows the council to guide the development community and express its vision for the 40 and 7 area, Woods Chapel Road and other areas.  I commend Mayor Ross for establishing a commission this week to begin the review process. This is the blueprint for our future, and the review is long overdue.

For more information about our local Shriners go to http://www.araratshrine.com.


Upcoming Community Events

clock July 21, 2009 10:07 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs City Theater - July 23,24,25 , 7:30 pm, Footloose - The Musical is also on Sunday July 26th at 2:00 pm. The City Theater is located at the Barbara Landes Performing Arts Center located at Blue Springs South High School, 1200 SE Adams Dairy Pkwy.

Street Flicks, Madagascar 2,  Friday July 24th, activities for kids begin at 7:15 pm. Movies begin at dusk.  Bring lawn chairs for seating.  Downtown Blue Springs 12th & Main St. 

Concert in the Park, July 26th, Rotary Park, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Platinum Express will be performing at this free concert.

Bowling Challenge - August 11th, Lunar Bowl, 6:00 - 10:30 pm.  This is a fundraiser for Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation and Blue Springs Education Foundation. For more information email Cindy Oddo at coddo@wrisinger-king.com

Texas Hold'em - August 23rd, Side Pockets, 2:00 pm. Your donation of $30.00 will benefit St. Mary's Medical Center's "Calling to Care" campaign.  St Mary's is a non-profit hospital that serves our community.


Blue Springs' Missouri Innovation Park Continues to Progress

clock July 21, 2009 09:30 by author Jeff Quibell

- PRESS RELEASE - 

Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation

Blue Springs, MO- July 9, 2009-

For more information, contact:

Brien Starner, President

Blue Springs EDC

816-228-0209

bstarner@bluespringsedc.com

Blue Spring Economic Development Corporation & Blue Springs Growth Initiative Announce the Hiring of Brad Scott

Blue Springs - Bill Wrisinger, Chairman of the Blue Springs Growth Initiative (BSGI), announced today the hiring of Brad Scott to assist with Strategic Planning and Public Affairs.  BSGI is a not-for-profit organization charged with overseeing the development of the Missouri Innovation Park at Blue Springs.   The Park's initial anchor will be the Mizzou Center will house and foster the growth of research and technology based 21st Century jobs for the Greater Kansas City region.
"Brad has a great deal of experience in advancing highly complex and multifaceted projects.  This is very much a public\private endeavor and we are appreciative of his help."   Wrisinger added, "It doesn't hurt that he graduated from both Blue Springs High School and the University of Missouri."

"Mayor Carson Ross, the City Council and Brien Starner have done outstanding work in guiding the MIP through critical stages, but we owe it to the community to build a team to support their efforts.  Frankly, it wasn't a very hard sell to get Brad on board; he loves Blue Springs and the University of Missouri and this project is right in his wheelhouse."  Wrisinger added.

Brien Starner, President of the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation said, "I knew Brad from my previous position and marveled at the things he accomplished as the Regional Administrator for the General Services Administration.   It was clear to me that he was committed to advancing economic opportunities in the Kansas City area.  He deals with people and issues head-on and believes the public has a right to know about every facet of a project's progress.  We need that kind of commitment and clarity of focus."

Brad Scott served as the former Regional Administrator for the General Services Administration covering a four-state area from Kansas City; the federal government's landlord.  Under his leadership the IRS Service Center and the Cape Girardeau Courthouse were completed.  He conveyed the Old Post Office and Customs House in St. Louis to the State for redevelopment, and he kicked off the Jefferson City Courthouse, the National Nuclear Security Administration project (Honeywell) and the downtown GSA\FEMA building.

Scott said, "I am thrilled to be working on behalf of my hometown and my University.  Mayor Ross and the City Council have propelled the community forward with a very progressive vision.  I hope to contribute to making that vision a reality.   That's what I have done in the past and I hope to do it again."

Scott added, "Blue Springs has assembled the land, a plan and the foundation of a great team.  The community and the leadership have provided support and our partners at Mizzou are very excited about the opportunity.  Moreover, this project continues building the momentum within the Kansas City region in securing its place in the world market for Life Science, Animal Health, Alternative Energy and Nutrition."

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Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation

1600 NE Coronado Drive

Blue Springs, MO  64014

www.ThinkBlueSprings.com


Pay it forward Blue Springs (Updated)

clock July 9, 2009 10:02 by author Jeff Quibell

On Monday, a "Pay it Forward" chain began at the Steamin' Bean in Blue Springs.  I dropped by to purchase a Latte this morning (July 9, 2009) and found myself to be the 392nd recipient since Monday in an unbroken chain of "Paying it forward".  Go to http://www.aboutbluesprings.com/post/2009/07/06/Pay-it-forward-Blue-Springs!.aspx to see the original article about what is happening in Blue Springs.


Help available for small businesses

clock July 8, 2009 20:00 by author Jeff Quibell

DSC04409 While serving on the Blue Springs City Council, I always made it a point to read all materials, resolutions, and ordinances, before deciding whether or not to support a particular issue.

When our elected leaders in Washington passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, I wanted to fully understand it and the opportunity it presented. These are challenging economic times, and many people are looking for help with their jobs and their businesses.

I read through the new law to see if there were options that might apply to my business (CPros, a custom software and IT Services company). Following further reading, it occurred to me that some of what I learned might be of interest to our local business owners and citizens interested in how money from the recovery act is being used locally.

One section of the law titled Business Stabilization Program caught my interest. It provides for zero-interest loans to businesses challenged by the economic downturn. This program allows a small business to take out a zero-interest, five-year American Recovery Capital loan from the Small Business Administration. The intent is to allow a business to divert newly available cash flow toward retaining or creating new jobs.

Local businesses can apply for an ARC Loan to retain and create jobs in the Blue Springs job market, thereby strengthening the local economy. In the case of CPros, it expands our opportunity to help other area businesses maintain their computer networks and provide excellent service to their customers, which will enable them to expand their business and participate in the economic recovery.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 contains many other provisions that may be of interest to local small-business owners.  There are opportunities through the SBA 7(a) and 504 loan programs to start or expand a business. Assistance is available to help purchase new facilities.

This is just a sampling of the opportunities to help our community’s small business owners improve the local economy and provide more opportunities for employment. If you are a small-business owner who has been affected by current economic conditions I would encourage you to contact your SBA lender and look into one of these SBA programs. You can find more information on the SBA website at http://www.sba.gov/recovery/index.html.


Fraud Alert Issued by the Blue Springs Police Department

clock July 7, 2009 13:59 by author Jeff Quibell

City of Blue Springs

News from the City of Blue Springs

 

CITY OF BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI
POLICE DEPARTMENT

MEDIA ADVISORY

1100 SW Smith Street Blue Springs, MO 64015 |  P: 816.228.0150|  F: 816.228.0147| 
W: www.bluespringsgov.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

DATE: July 7, 2009

CONTACT: Troy Pharr, Public Information Officer

Phone: 816.228.0212, Cell: 816.935.2678

Email: tpharr@bluespringsgov.com

 

WARNING FRAUD ALERT

 

 

Blue Springs, Mo. - Case Number: Multiple

Subject: And the Scam continues

Who:  An Unknown Female Caller

When: Ongoing throughout the Kansas City Metro Area

Where: Throughout the Kansas City Metro Area

 

Yesterday morning, July 6, 2009, the Blue Springs Police Department received another report in an ongoing scam where unknown callers are attempting to steal money from Blue Springs residents. In the July 6 report the resident stated that he received a call on July 5, 2009 around 9:00 p.m. from someone stating her name was “Katrina” and that she was calling on behalf of the Blue Springs Water Department. “Katrina” told the victim that he had not paid his water bill and that he needed to send a certified check in the amount of approximately $40.00 to keep his water bill current. The victim in this incident was sharp enough to immediately identify this as a scam to steal his money. The caller stated that the City of Blue Springs no longer collects the money for the water department and now contracts with her company to collect the payments. This is just not true. When the victim started asking questions that might identify the scammer she hung up.

Beth Overstreet, supervisor of the Blue Springs Water Department, stated, “Residents should be aware that the City of Blue Springs will never call a customer and ask for banking and/or credit card information so that a water bill will be paid. Payments over the phone will only be initiated when a customer calls the Water Department and requests this transaction to be made.”

This form of criminal activity is going on throughout the greater Kansas City Metro Area.

Chief Wayne McCoy, of the Blue Springs Police Department also advised the following, “Citizens should never disclose personal information to anyone they are not personally acquainted with. If you receive a call from anyone asking for personal information, hang up the phone and contact the Police Department. Remember only you can protect what belongs to you. If you need any assistance, or have any questions at all, please contact your local Police Department. We will be glad to assist you.”

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Pay it forward Blue Springs!

clock July 6, 2009 19:04 by author Jeff Quibell

This morning a customer walked into the Steamin' Bean on north seven highway and said they wanted to pay for the next customer's order.  When asked what they wanted the next customer to be told, they simply replied that they should find an opportunity to pay it forward.  By lunch time over twenty customers had chosen to pay the kindness forward and this evening the generosity continues.  Some of the customer have been so generous that excess money is accumulating and owner Garin Bledsoe is looking to expand the idea beyond his coffee shop.  He believes that this is an opportunity for us all to help our neighbors and other local businesses improve our economy.  If you would like to participate in this local version of Pay it Forward simply call the Steamin' Bean at 220-2326.  Ask for Garin or Michelle and they will be happy to help you.

The Steamin' Bean is located at 1875 NW 7 Hwy in Blue Springs Missouri.


Music and Fireworks!

clock July 3, 2009 10:16 by author Jeff Quibell

Please join the Heritage Philharmonic as they celebrate the 4th of July with

Music and Fireworks!

Bryan Busby and Jim Murray will share conducting duties as the Heritage Philharmonic

performs in conjunction with the city of Sugar Creek's firework display.
The orchestra will perform a concert featuring patriotic favorites from 8:00pm-9:00pm.

The orchestra will then accompany the firework display from 9:30pm-10:00pm.
Admission is FREE.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair.

Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Additional information can be found at:

www.sugar-creek.mo.us