News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Innovation Park brings promise

clock January 20, 2010 16:47 by author Jeff Quibell

mip The Missouri Innovation Park, announced just more than one year ago, has received significant media attention. Excitement surrounding the development projects and the impact that they will have on our city abounds. However, the fine details are still forthcoming.

Innovation involves the deliberate application of information, imagination and initiative to generate new ideas. The Missouri Innovation Park will be a science and technology park for research and development, new products and services. The Mizzou Innovation Center, which will facilitate the collaborative efforts of University of Missouri professors and graduate students in the study and research of human and animal health technologies, will be the anchor tenant.

The remainder of the park would house facilities and businesses that will integrate well with the research and development of the university and will likely produce products for commercial sale, resulting from scientific and technological discoveries of the park. The potential for several thousand high-paying jobs coming to Blue Springs and the surrounding region is exciting and is only one component of the many benefits to our community that will come because of the park.

The Mizzou Innovation Center should begin development and construction in the coming months. The commitment our city leaders have made to the park, to the achievement of this goal which will raise the economic demographic of our community, will be validated.

As we embark on this extraordinary journey, no one knows exactly what the final result will be or how the finished product will appear. The details of the park continue to evolve, which is normal and appropriate for projects of this magnitude and scope. The result will lead to discoveries we cannot even imagine today. With innovation and discovery, the possibilities are limitless.

Update on Tenants for Adams Dairy Landing

clock January 18, 2010 12:48 by author Jeff Quibell


Projected Opening Date


Already Open


October 2010


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M&I Bank

June 2010


May 2010


Already Open

Mattress Firm

Already Open

Olive Garden

March 2010


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Gap Outlet

Already Open


Already Open

Famous Footwear

April 2010

Books a Million

May 2010


Already Open

Sally Beauty

Already Open

Innovation Park plans advancing

clock January 13, 2010 10:50 by author Jeff Quibell

JeffQ Photo There is a lot of talk around town regarding the Missouri Innovation Park, a development that is sure to change the face of the future of Blue Springs. A “Show Me” attitude is part of the culture in Missouri, and some need to see dirt moving and buildings under construction to truly believe that the Innovation Park, bringing with it the desired growth of quality jobs, is a reality.

Community leaders in Blue Springs laid a path many years ago, putting in place the key components to support the development of the Innovation Park by establishing the vision for Adams Dairy Parkway. As that vision has evolved, we have seen the addition of retail and restaurants, which add another component necessary to the realization of the original vision for Adams Dairy Parkway.

Two and a half years ago, as the first details regarding the park began to emerge, Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation President Brien Starner and I had long conversations about the potential the park brought to our community. It was clear that the stars were aligning for success. A project of this type normally takes, on average, approximately five years to develop the support of all the various organizations necessary for success.

In this instance, the Missouri Innovation Park has the support of the City of Blue Springs, the University of Missouri, the Blue Springs School District, the Central Jackson Country Fire Protection District, the Blue Springs Economic Development Corp., the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Missouri Department of Economic Development, the Kansas City Area Development Council, Jackson County, the Mid-Continent Public Library system, and many other entities in the region and state in just two short years.

This support by so many public and private organizations is vital to the success of the project and is a direct result of the passion and commitment of current and past mayors and councils, Brien Starner, and the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation members.
Despite the current national economy, the project has continued to move forward. New legislation, referred to as “Jobs for the Future,” has been filed and would enable projects like the Missouri in Innovation Park not only for Blue Springs, but also for progressive communities all over Missouri. This legislation would allow cities more control over their own economic destiny, with the intent of attracting high-quality public and private jobs.

Our city now stands at a precipice of key decisions and actions. As citizens, we need to join with our elected leaders and the leaders of these supporting organizations to see the fulfillment of this vision for our city. In the coming weeks there will be announcements that will show visible progress and the beginning of construction of the Mizzou Innovation Center which will anchor the project and provide the intellectual property that will spur the creation of high-tech jobs in the park. The possibilities are endless, and I am excited to see this vision come to fruition.

It’s Chili Dog time again! Come support Your Blue Springs Dog Park on January 16, 2010

clock January 12, 2010 15:38 by author Jeff Quibell

It’s Chili Dog time again!

Saturday, January 16, 2010   5:00-7:00 pm

Vesper Hall

400 NW Vesper Street

Blue Springs, MO 64014

$6.00 per adult, $3.00 per child 12 & under, 3 & under are free

($7.00 and $4.00 after 1/11/2010)

Chili, hot dogs, corn bread, beverage and dessert included

Online registration is available through the city’s website, click here to register. 

Demonstration by Missouri Search & Rescue K-9 Unit Visit with MoKan Dock Dogs $1.00 Raffle for prizes Silent Auction

Don’t miss the fun!

Help us raise funds to improve YOUR Dog Park!

Truman Heartland Community Foundation Appoints New CEO

clock January 12, 2010 15:31 by author Jeff Quibell



Contact: Nicole Stevens, 816.836.8189

A Familiar Face:

Truman Heartland Community Foundation Appoints New CEO

HEARTLAND NEWS (January 4, 2010) – While change is in the air at the Community

clip_image004Foundation, a familiar face has been invited to serve as President & CEO. A former executive with the Heart of America United Way, Phillip J. Hanson, has been appointed to the position. THCF Board Chairman, Vicki Digby, shares “The Board is excited to have Phil Hanson as the new CEO. Having served the Kansas City nonprofit community for more than 25 years, Phil brings a wealth of experience in development and community leadership that will serve him and the Foundation well.”

Phillip shares, “It’s a privilege to serve in this role. I look forward to working with our donors, community partners and volunteer leadership to create thriving communities throughout the Heartland. I see the Truman Heartland Community Foundation as a powerful tool for charitable giving. I’m excited to begin working together with donors and leaders to make positive change in our communities.”

Truman Heartland Community Foundation is a public charity committed to “improving area communities by promoting private giving for the public good”. After 27 years of service, THCF continues to serve the region with assets reaching $25 million and annual grants surpassing $3 million. THCF provides a wide range of services to donors and grant seekers alike. For more information on charitable giving, visit us online at or call the office at 816.836.8189.


Jeanie Lauer is running for District 54 Missouri State Representative

clock January 1, 2010 11:15 by author Jeff Quibell

For information about this candidate for Missouri State Representative go to