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Blue Springs Park Can Help Innovate Area into a Better Future

clock September 25, 2009 17:15 by author Jeff Quibell


Blue Springs Growth Initiatives, Inc.


Blue Springs, MO- September 25, 2009

For more information, contact:

Ann Judd, Business Operations Manager

Blue Springs EDC



Blue Springs Park Can Help Innovate Area into a Better Future

September 25, 2009
Kansas City Business Journal
Mike Braude 
One of my favorite people at one of my favorite places, the University of Missouri, is Mary Anne McCollum. A former mayor of Columbia, she is Manager of Constituent Relations in the University Affairs department. She recently invited me to come to Blue Springs to meet with Mayor Carson Ross, Blue Springs Economic Development President Brien Starner and civic leader Bill Wrisinger to discuss a joint Blue Springs-University of Missouri project.

That project is the Missouri Innovation Park at Blue Springs. Ten minutes into our meeting, I readily understood why Mary Anne is so excited about this park.

The park is an approximately 500-acre science and technology innovation project that will provide a clustered focus for knowledge-based innovation and commercialization. It is a joint venture of the Blue Springs EDC, the city of Blue Springs and MU, which will be the main tenant. As anchor tenant, MU will concentrate on research collaboration as a true partner in this knowledge-based community.

The park will be a huge win for the city of Blue Springs. Brien Starner gave me some perspective. He told me: "Twenty years ago, Blue Springs was a hot spot, the Missouri-side juggernaut. Then, even with its strong demographics, the Rip Van Winkle syndrome stepped in, and economic development fell off. This project puts Blue Springs back on track."

The site, at the Adams Dairy Parkway exit from Interstate 70, is a natural. It is adjacent to RED Development's Adams Dairy Landing retail project and includes what now is a lovely public golf course.

I asked for an example of how the synergies might work. Robert Duncan, MU's Vice Chancellor for Research, provided it.

Duncan said that "continued and increased collaboration between biotech firms and academia will occur at the proposed Mizzou Center, including joint research with scientists from both areas working together, as well as fee-for-service projects. As an example of the latter, not long ago, University of Missouri researchers worked with pharmaceutical companies, providing radioactive isotopes to help diagnose and treat several types of cancer, including tumors and relief of pain for metastasized soft-tissue cancers. One example is the drug Quadramet, which relieves pain associated with bone cancer."

The park will look for tenants whose strengths align with MU's three areas of technology emphasis: the convergence of human and animal health, food for the future and sustainable energy (especially nuclear and bioenergy). I cannot imagine three more cutting-edge spheres.

I like this project because I believe it will establish a solid economic base for job creation in our area in the science and technology sectors.

I think it will do wonders for the high-value, long-term economic development of the very important eastern side of our metro area.

Finally, it will be a state-of-the-art facility that will be a vital center for the activities of our state university in the western part of Missouri.

I foresee the park being a home run for its three partners and, more important, for our entire metropolitan area.

Michael Braude

Note:  Graphics and photos added by the Blue Springs EDC.



Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation

1600 NE Coronado Drive

Blue Springs, MO  64014


Community Services League Hosts Fall Gala – 10.22.2009

clock September 24, 2009 14:20 by author Jeff Quibell

Join CSL as they celebrate the past year with their annual fundraising gala, Seasons of Hope, on October 22, 2009 at the Adams Pointe Conference Center in Blue Springs, MO. This year’s event will provide special guests, unique food and drink options as well as a silent and live auction that will surely impress! Don't miss out on a chance to celebrate, enjoy a great evening with friends and support a most-worthy cause as they promote self-sufficiency for all who reside in Eastern Jackson County. A special thanks to Commerce Bank, presenting sponsor; Cockerell & McIntosh Pediatrics/Annette Beck, MD, beverage sponsors; Trudy Beard CPA PC, live auction sponsor; and Barton, Hall & Schnieders, silent auction sponsor. For more information on patron sponsorships, auction item donations (new items only, please) or tickets to the event, please contact Marg McAdams, special events manager, at 816.254.4100 or at

Michael A. Levine
Director of Development & Marketing
Community Services League
300 West Maple Avenue
Independence, MO 64050
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Development group is working well

clock September 23, 2009 16:43 by author Jeff Quibell

Jeff2007small During my time in office I had the pleasure of corresponding with thousands of Blue Springs residents regarding city business. On Saturday’s Examiner opinion page, one of those residents raised some good points that should be considered when talking about the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation.

It is true. I have a bias in favor of the Blue Springs EDC. It is also true that I am one of the investing partners in the Blue Springs EDC. When the public/private partnership of the Blue Springs EDC was formed, the City Council continued the $300,000 annual budget allocation that had previously funded the city’s Economic Development Department as the public side of the venture.

The city then solicited businesses and private individuals to partner in the formation of the EDC, to be advocates for growth in Blue Springs. Those investing partners may be found at

From 2005 through 2011, Wanda and I have paid and/or committed $15,000 of our own personal funds through our company, CPros. As local IT professionals and custom software developers, we believe in giving back, and this is just one of the ways we choose to support our community.

Each of you living in Blue Springs is committed by the City Council to an annual contribution of approximately $5.45 (or a total of $32.70 over six years) through the taxes that you pay to the city each year.

So what is the return on the investment that Mr. Comerford is referring to in his letter, which he believes will benefit me financially? That return is economic growth for our city. And the great thing about this return is that each Blue Springs resident receives exactly the same return on your investment as I do.

Let’s talk about what that means to each of us. Is that investment worth having a new Target store in town? Is it worth getting a shopping center with Gap Outlet, Staples, Petco, Famous Footwear, Gordman’s, Maurices, Olive Garden, Chipotle, Gamestop, Arby’s, Sally Beauty Target, Lowes and Books-A-Million? Is it worth seeing three tired old strip malls totally refurbished? Is it worth capturing a science and technology park that will bring thousands of 21st-century, high-paying, quality jobs to our city and position Blue Springs as an international research destination?

I believe my investment is justified, and I’m proud to support the EDC in its efforts to provide quality growth for Blue Springs. Each one of you can communicate your belief to your councilmen. There is much more work to do, but each of you should feel confident that our EDC is effectively and professionally promoting our city and bringing new retail and employment opportunities to Blue Springs!

The Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation is non-profit, and its investing partners receive no direct financial benefit.

Friends of St. Mary's Medical Center Presentation, Book Signing and Wine and Cheese Reception

clock September 23, 2009 15:12 by author Jeff Quibell

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Deadline for Registration is October 5th.
Friends of St. Mary's Medical Center 
Presentation, Book Signing and Wine and Cheese Reception


Dear Friend of St. Mary's,

You are invited to the Education Center at St. Mary's Medical Center for a fall Friends of St. Mary's event featuring a presentation by Bill Tammeus of the Kansas City Star and Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn. A book signing and wine and cheese reception follow the presentation.

The event is sponsored by Kansas City Cardiology.

Meet the Authors of "They Were Just People"

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Bill Tammeus and Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn have traveled the U.S. and Poland collecting stories of Jews who survived the Holocaust with the help of non-Jews.

Tammeus book

In their new book They Were Just People: Stories of Rescue in Poland During the Holocaust,

they share gripping tales of people who risked their lives and the lives of their families to do what the Nazi occupiers of Poland did not want them to do- save Jews from the Holocaust. These stories raise questions about the human condition and teach vital lessons that can help all of us survive in more humane ways. The stories show that even small acts of kindness sometimes are enough to save lives.

Mark Your Calendars

Thursday, October 8, 2009

4 to 6 p.m.

Education Center at St. Mary's Medical Center

$10 for Friends members and $20 for non-members

RSVP by October 5th to Malinda at 816-655-5363 or email

Checks are made payable to the St. Mary's Medical Center Foundation.

St. Mary's Medical Center | 201 NW R.D. Mize Road | Blue Springs | MO | 64014

Fund Raiser to Benefit Hillcrest Transitional Housing

clock September 23, 2009 15:07 by author Jeff Quibell

Fund Raiser to Benefit

Hillcrest Transitional Housing

All you can eat dinner buffet and wine tasting.

When: Sunday, September 27, 2009

Time: 4 – 6 pm

Where: Atlanta Bread Company (in the Summit Woods shopping center)

Cost: $30 per person with $15 going to Hillcrest Transitional Housing plus $5 from each bottle of wine purchased.

Our Mission: To be a transitional housing program providing a Christian environment that helps homeless families become self-supportive, self reliant contributors to society.

clip_image001Transitional Housing's primary program focus is moving families from homelessness to self-sufficiency within 90 days. In exchange for rent/utility-free housing, residents are required by written agreement to work full time, obey the program guidelines, and attend volunteer taught classes in life skills, employment, community living, and budgeting. In addition to housing and life-skills counseling Hillcrest provides the following through a network of community support: auto repair/donation, food pantry, medical assistance, dental work, GED classes, haircuts, glasses, school clothes, work uniforms, etc. Although Hillcrest Transitional Housing provides a supportive Christian environment, it places no religious requirement on any resident, and no volunteer, resident, or donor is discriminated against because of race, creed, ethnicity, or religion.

Hillcrest’s accomplishments are best seen through our 95% success rate of transitioning graduate families to self sufficiency. However, Hillcrest has also been recognized for “best practices” in transitional housing with the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

We are non-profit 501c3 with four affiliate locations in the greater Kansas City Metro area (Clay County, Eastern Jackson County, Platte County and Kansas), supported by the local community and community service volunteers.

More information about HTH is available at

Please RSVP to “manager” by e-mail, or phone, 554-1100

The Wall that Heals will be in Blue Springs in September 2010

clock September 23, 2009 14:47 by author Jeff Quibell


Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation


Blue Springs, MO- September 23, 2009-

For more information, contact:

Ann Judd, Business Operations Manager

Blue Springs EDC


Blue Springs EDC Board Approves Resolution in Support of "The Wall that Heals"

On September 16, 2009 the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors approved the following "Resolution in Support of the Wall that Heals." 

"The Wall that Heals" is a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.   In 2010, during the last week of September through early October, "The Wall that Heals" will be on display in Blue Springs.   More information and details about the event will be provided in the near future. 

Also, you may find more information about "The Wall that Heals" at the following website:


WHEREAS, on Veterans Day 1996, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund unveiled a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC, designed to travel to communities throughout the United States; and
WHEREAS, this wall is called The Wall that Heals and will be in Blue Springs, Missouri in September of 2010; and
WHEREAS, the wall addresses not only the loss, but also the lives of more than 58,000 men and women whose names are inscribed on The Wall that Heals; and
WHEREAS, many do not have the resources to make the journey to the nation's capital, while others may find the war's legacy easier to confront within their own communities; and
WHEREAS, the mission of the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is to promote, develop and facilitate a strong economic environment in which the business community can grow and prosper; and
WHEREAS, this traveling monument will have a significant economic and social impact on the City of Blue Springs and the surrounding area; and
WHEREAS, the Blue Springs EDC would like to add its voice and say, "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans, Welcome Home; now
BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED on this 16th day of September, 2009, that the Blue Springs EDC supports The Wall that Heals and its presence in Blue Springs in September of 1010.
Signed by:
Lisa Franklin
2009 Chairman of the Board
Brien Starner
2009 Blue Springs EDC President



Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation

1600 NE Coronado Drive

Blue Springs, MO  64014



Boy Scout Troop 692 Helps Support Community Services League at Fall Fun Festival

clock September 18, 2009 09:11 by author Jeff Quibell

Contact: Vince Barreto
Parents Club of boy Scout Troop 692
Phone 816 -914-4782
Community Food Drive
Press Release

Food drive in support of the Community Services
League at the Blue Springs Fall Fun Festival

Blue Springs Missouri, September 2009:
Every year the Parents Club of Boy Scout Troop 692 coordinates a fundraiser at the Blue Springs Fall
Fun Festival. Understanding the current economic conditions and recognizing an urgent need in our
community, this year the Troop also plans to promote a food drive in support of the Community
Services League during the festival held September 18th through September the 20th on Main Street in
Blue Springs, Missouri.

Collection boxes will be placed at every entrance into the festival to gather non-perishable food items.

Debbie Benner, the coordinator at the Community Services League’s Blue Springs office commented
that “Demand has been very high and we have had difficulties keeping food on the shelves” she
further stated that” while all non-perishable food items are needed and appreciated, we are in
particular need of dry good items like breakfast bars and pasta mixes” .

A more detailed list of their specific needs include:
Please help families in need by bringing a donated item to the Festival, your kind support can make a
difference in our community.

Dry Goods
Macaroni & Cheese
Hamburger Helper
Dry Beans
Cereals-Oatmeal, etc.
Breakfast Bars
Canned Goods
Canned Chicken
Canned Ham
Peanut Butter
Spaghetti Sauce
Canned Vegetables
Canned Fruits

Why Block Economic Development?

clock September 18, 2009 09:08 by author Jeff Quibell

DSC04405 As citizens, it is our responsibility and privilege to elect our representatives. We choose those that we believe will most accurately represent our beliefs and ideals, and those who will look out for our best interest. Once elected, we have a right to expect our leaders to speak to the issues that come before them in a straightforward manner, without attempting to twist or misconstrue facts. Our most recent Blue Springs city council meeting is an unfortunate example of how issues and details can be manipulated in an attempt to inaccurately spin the facts.

Let’s look first at the discussion coming from the District 3 Councilmen. The city’s check registers are a typical item on the consent agenda. Councilman Solon requested this item be removed from the consent agenda for further discussion. Her concern, and apparently Councilman Fowler’s as well, centered on reimbursements for business lunches and dinners, and the policy of how those reimbursements should be handled. Most successful organizations and businesses require some level of business conducted outside of the office, or in this case, city hall. Perhaps her concerns are indicative of the type of business Councilman Solon does, but for most of us in business, meeting with clients or prospective clients over lunch or dinner is a common practice. It is entirely appropriate that staff members should be reimbursed for doing their job at our request. Of course, proper documentation and procedures must be followed. We are fortunate to have a talented and dedicated financial department who oversees expenditures.

As I watched the remainder of last week’s meeting a common, reoccurring theme began to appear, again with the same two councilmen. Councilman Solon advocated reducing the funding to the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation by 10% or $30,000, suggesting that the EDC budget should be cut because of the current hard economic times. However, I recall this same suggestion from her several years ago before these hard times. What is the true motivation here? Why are the District 3 representatives so opposed to economic development?

These recommendations appear to be attempts to slow economic development in Blue Springs. The frequent no votes coming from our District 3 councilmen often focus on economic development issues. While the developments occurring in various parts of our city are designed to increase revenue and help keep our taxes low over the long term, these votes seem designed to impede those efforts and keep our citizens spending their tax dollars in other municipalities. Is this truly the will of the residents in District 3?

I encourage people to speak their mind, and believe that a spirited, open discussion will bring a better end result for all. Contact your councilmen and speak your mind. You can watch the meeting at

City needs to address sign issue

clock September 9, 2009 17:23 by author Jeff Quibell

DSC04409 As you drive through Blue Springs, there continue to be signs of development. The first phase of Adams Dairy Landing is preparing to open Oct. 11. The McDonald’s that has stood on Missouri 7 for more than 36 years has been demolished and will be rebuilt. The shopping center on Woods Chapel is getting a long needed facelift. The first tenant is getting ready to open in the Southridge Shopping Center. Virtually every part of our city is seeing some kind of development.

Still, much work remains to be done to keep our city moving forward. In a work session last week, the City Council began considering changes to our sign code. This important part of our development code is involved in managing how businesses in our city make us aware they are here and open for business.

During my time in office I heard from many business owners who felt our sign code is too restrictive. If you watch our Planning Commission meetings you will see that time and time again business owners run into obstacles that keep them from getting the signs they want and need to advertise.

The codes are strict to help improve the appearance of our business corridors. Yet if they are too strict, businesses can’t get the signs they need. Parkside Books, behind Einstein Bros. on M-7, is a prime example. Our codes keep them from placing a sign near the highway to let customers know they are there. They have been working with the city for several years to find a way to make their business more visible to no avail.

McDonald’s on M-7 had to limit the length of time for the reconstruction of its store to keep its signature golden arches, which don’t meet our current sign code requirements. Panera Bread had to get special permission for its highway-facing signage because it didn’t meet the requirements of our current sign code. These are just a few examples.

My encouragement to our mayor and council is to listen to the needs of our existing and new businesses and find creative ways to make our city more inviting to the businesses we want and need. I am confident the sign code can be modified to accommodate those needs while keeping our business districts attractive. Be sure to speak with your councilmen and give them your guidance on this important issue for our city!