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2015 Fall Fun Festival
Missouri Municipal League Award Winners
Welcome to the Fieldhouse
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How to Start a Business Expo
Saturday, October 10
10 a.m. to Noon
Mid-Continent Public Library
Blue Springs South Branch
Following the success of the two previous expos, The City, the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation will be hosting two more expos this fall!
The first will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 10 at the south branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library .
Each expo will give attendees the opportunity to connect with local resources including business coaches and financial representatives. Registration is not required.
National Night Out Against Crime 

Tuesday, October 6
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Downtown Blue Springs
I invite you and your family to our 17th Annual National Night Out Against Crime (NNO) event!
Hundreds of families, elected officials and neighboring businesses will be at this FREE event stepping out in the streets of downtown Blue Springs to take a stand against crime and drug abuse. Scheduled entertainment includes live performances including KFKF's Debbie Erikson, free food, game booths, raffles prizes and more!
Come join us!
DEA Rx Takeback a Success
On Saturday, September 26 The Blue Springs Police Department partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and both Blue Springs Cosentino's Price Choppers to give residents an opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. This service was free and anonymous, no questions asked.
The total amount collected from this event include fourteen boxes of unwanted/ unused prescription drugs with a total weigh of 290 pounds!
Special thanks to Sgt. Mike Russell and the Blue Springs Police Department, both Price Chopper locations an d the Blue Springs VIPs for making this event possible.
2015 Developers' Workshop

On Thursday, September 29 the City of Blue Springs held its 8th Developers' Workshop for regional contractors, engineers, and construction firms to discuss the upcoming changes to our City's development planning documents and how the City is making it easier for developers to access necessary resources.
Approximately 30 representatives of each development organization attended and were given the chance to speak to members of Community Development and the City Engineering Department about citywide efforts to make permitting and development more cohesive in Blue Springs.
Community Development focused on the current Comprehensive Plan and the Unified Development Code summarizing how each uses a planning system that redefines the idea of open space by concentrating on land use. City Engineering spoke about Right-of Way Permitting and the updated Design and Construction Manual---both documents working together to inform builders and developers about the importance of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance early in the development process.
This Friday, Oct 2, is the last day applicants can submit development applications under the current UDC; the Amended UDC and 2014 Comprehensive Plan are set to be approved by Council on Monday, Oct 5.

Thank you to each organization that was able to attend. These events help build the foundation for an even better relationship with community partners!
H.R.C. Fair

Helping Residents Connect
Sunday, Oct 4
2-5 p.m.
Vesper Hall

Join us for the inaugural H.R.C. Fair hosted
by the Human Relations Commission!

Come connect with your friends and
neighbors at this family-friendly event, and
learn about the rich cultural histories of our community. 

Attendees can create an " I Am Me Because "
video with Project Equality and purchase refreshments from local food vendors.
There will also be entertainment and information available about community centered organizations.
 Let's Move! Saturdays!
 Fourth Birthday Celebration 
On Saturday, September 26, I had the pleasure of joining Let's Move! Saturdays for their fourth birthday celebration at Rink Ratz Skate Rink.

This program has been wildly successful here in Blue Springs! What you may not know is that it is operated on almost a full volunteer basis. The businesses donate their time and facility, local volunteers and StandUp Blue Springs coordinate the events. The City of Blue Springs helps to promote these events.

To see more photos from the birthday party, click here.

Upcoming Let's Move! Saturday Events

To view the entire fall schedule, click here.

Club 7 Fitness
1241 SW Highway 7
October 3, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Kids Fit Boot Camp, fitness activities, open gym for adults.

Princess Party/Dance Party Fundraiser
5000 NW Valley View Road
October 3, Noon to 4 p.m.
Princesses ages 2-12. To purchase tickets click here.

TaJazz School of Dance
1100 NW Knox
October 10, 11 a.m. to Noon
Dance class, ages 6+

These events are free and open to the public, unless noted.
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City of Blue SpringsNews Happenings
Around Town
A bi-weekly message from your Blue Springs Mayor and City Council
Hello and welcome to News Happenings Around Town, your one-stop source for city information and news updates, including those items most important to you.
I am pleased to share Blue Springs has been recognized by the Missouri Municipal League (MML) for our efforts to improve communication with our business community and I was personally given the 2015 Distinguished Service Award during the 81st MML Annual Conference in Kansas City last week. This recognition is given to a current or former Missouri municipal official for outstanding contributions to the Missouri Municipal League.
In other good news, the doors of our very own Fieldhouse have opened to the public and I hope you can attend the ribbon cutting this Friday, Oct 2. You will also want to mark your calendars for the inaugural H.R.C Fair on Sunday, Oct 4 and the 17th Annual National Night Out on Tuesday, Oct 6.
I would like to congratulate our 2015 Economic Development Corporation EMPOWER Award winners! You can keep reading to learn more about who won and other happenings in Blue Springs.

As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about the good things in the City of Blue Springs.
2015 Fall Fun Festival
I had a great time at another successful Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce Fall Fun Festival!

On the first night of the 46th Annual event, it was my pleasure to proclaim Saturday, September 19 "Randy Cooper Day" in honor of Superintendent of Parks Randy Cooper's 35+ years working on the Fall Fun Festival. He was also named co-parade marshal along with 'Doc' Golden.
That Saturday, I was joined in the parade by:  First Lady Eloise, 1st District Councilman Dale Carter, 2nd District Councilman Kent Edmonson,
and Councilman Chris Lievsay, his wife Grace his son Benjamin and his daughter Emily; 3rd District Councilman Susan Culpepper.  Special thanks to Pam Buck for coordinating this year's vehicles and to all of our drivers!
I would like to thank the vendors, merchants, volunteers and businesses involved in helping to make this year's Fall Fun Festival a huge success! Special thanks to the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring this event. I look forward to next year's event

For more photos from Fall Fun Festival, click here .   To see a video about the event, click here.
Missouri Municipal League Awards
Top photo: Team Blue Springs receiving the 2015 MML Innovation Award. Bottom photo: Mayor Ross receiving the 2015 MML Distinguished Service Award
It is my pleasure to share that the City of Blue Springs is the recipient the 2015 Missouri Municipal League Innovation Award for our "How to Open and Grown a Business in Blue Springs" guide.
This step-by-step booklet provides a centralized source for the needs of the business community, including contact information for local and regional organizations and six steps to help start or relocate a business in Blue Springs
This award was given for our continued and joint effort with the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation and the Jackson County Economic Development Council to create programming and publications to help citizens open and grow a local business.
Since the publication of the guide, the taskforce has hosted two business expos in partnership with the Mid-Continent Public Library and published two new companion pieces including the "Blue Springs Home-Based Business Guide" and a bimonthly "Business Resource Guide" with information about free and reduced priced training.
By working together we have been able to enhance communication within the Blue Springs community and I look forward to future success.

I was also surprised to be honored with the 2015 MML Distinguished Service Award.  The award honors a current or former Missouri municipal official who has made outstanding contributions to the Missouri Municipal League.  To learn more about this award, click here.
Welcome to the Blue Springs Fieldhouse

On Monday, September 28 the Blue Springs Fieldhouse opened its doors to the general public, offering fitness and recreational opportunities for all!
To celebrate, the Fieldhouse will have a Grand Opening event kicked off with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, October 2 at 3 p.m. The fun continues throughout the day and into Saturday, October 3 featuring giveaways and refreshments.

Fieldhouse offers something for every fitness level and sign-up is still available for both residents and non-residents. Individuals can come in-person for membership sign-up during regular hours of operation.

* Monday - Thursday 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
* Friday - 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
* Saturday - 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
* Sunday - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The City acquired the facility in late 2014 thanks in part to the generosity of community member Linda Lanhahl Edison. Since then, renovation has been underway to remodel the former Sports City into a facility that offers a variety of leisure and active recreational opportunities to residents and visitors including: fitness courses, advanced equipment, multiple hard-surfaced courts, artificial turf field, walking tracks and a Kidz Corner and much more!
For more information, click here or call Parks & Recreation at (816) 228-0137.
I hope you have found this issue of News Happenings Around Town to be both informative and timely for your City information needs. Is there anything we missed? Do you have questions about any of the articles from this issue? Share your thoughts with me and the City Council by calling City Hall at (816) 228-0110. Know that we truly value your time and support of our City and hope you join us for the next issue of News Happenings
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Carson Ross, Mayor
City of Blue Springs
The City of Blue Springs is a unique community where families, visitors and businesses share a special quality of life and an abundant spirit of community closeness and cooperation. 


Our number one goal is to ensure that our residents, visitors and patrons receive quality customer service and attention with every program and service the City provides. Just as you stand by a community that strives to meet your family's needs, we promise to do our best to meet these needs and anticipate what's best for you and our community, to the best of our ability.