In This Issue
How to Open and Grow Your Business in Blue Springs Expo
MU Extension Program Hono
Blue Springs Police Department Step Ladder Program
Road Closings
Road Closings
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Rockhurst University Leadership Series

Dr. Condoleeza Rice and I at the 2015 Rockhurst University Leadership Series.

It was good to be back at my Alma Mater and pleasure to hear such a distinguished woman and former U.S. Secretary of State share her knowledge of global topics and national security. 


License Bureau Open Date
The new Blue Springs Missouri Department of Revenue License Bureau will be located at 2402 SW State Route 7, Blue Springs, MO 64014 (the old Blockbuster.) The first scheduled day of operation is Monday, March 23.
If you have any questions, please contact the license bureau at 816-228-0128.
Downtown Alive!

 On Tuesday, March 5 Downtown Alive! was presented with a check from the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce  to support their work to restore our downtown and to revitalize the Blue Springs business community.


Keep up the good work!

Easter Brunch   
  Sunday, April 5
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Adams Pointe Conference Center
1400 NE Coronado Drive
Blue Springs, MO 64014

$21.95 for Adults plus tax and 15% service charge
$10.95 for children ages 4-10 plus tax and 15% service charge
FREE for children 3 and Under
Call 816-228-8100 for reservations.
 A New Addition

 I would like to congratulate 2nd District councilmemeber Chris Lievsay and his wife Grace on the newest member of their family, born March 3.


Welcome, Emily! 

Annual Indoor Garage Sale
7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 11
Vesper Hall
400 NW Vesper Street
Blue Springs, MO 64014
Admission is $1 at the door.

Purchase some 'new to you' items!
Piccadilly Gala: Ladies in ParaDice

On March 12, I attended the second annual Piccadilly Gala-Ladies in ParaDice at the Adams Pointe Conference Center. This year's gala was another great event with a strong turnout and plenty of entertainment including mock casino games and lively decorations.


More than one hundred items were auctioned off and all proceeds go back into the Blue Springs community as part of the rejuvenation efforts of Downtown Alive!


To view photos taken by Gary Showalter, click here.  To learn more about Downtown Alive!, click here.

 Let's Move! Saturdays!

  These events are free and open to the public, unless noted.

To view the entire winter/spring schedule,  click here.

Gage Center
 1101 NW Jefferson
March 21, 10:30 a.m. to Noon
Join us: Bouncing with the Easter Bunny
TaJazz School of Dance
1100 NW Knox
March 28, 10-11 a.m.
Join us: Acrobats, ages 6+

Rink Ratz
513 SW Keystone Drive
March 28, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Join us: Open roller skating

Thunderdome Fitness
2401 B SW Highway 40
April 4, 10 a.m. to Noon
 Join us: Kids speed and agility clinic; adult weight loss clinic

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City of Blue SpringsNews Happenings
Around Town
A bi-weekly message from your Blue Springs Mayor and City Council


We're experiencing some early spring weather and with this change of season we're also seeing some good changes happening in Blue Springs!


I would like to highlight the Step Ladder Program with our Blue Springs Police Department. This program is a great opportunity for growth for all involved and you can read more about it later in this issue.


Changes  around town includes the start of renovations on the Blue Springs Fieldhouse, continued work on Phase 2 of the Woods Chapel Road construction and near completion in the final phase of the Public Safety Sales Tax Initiative. You can review the 2015 report on spending and progress for the sales tax initiative online by clicking here.


Other City changes include the revamp of the Blue Springs magazine and an opening date for the Missouri Department of Revenue License Bureau. I invite you to continue reading to learn more.


As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about the good things in the City of Blue Springs.

How to Open and Grow Your Business in Blue Springs Expo

On Tuesday, March 24 The City of Blue Springs, Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation will be hosting the first 'How to Open and Grow a Business in Blue Springs' Expo. It will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Mid-Continent Public Library South Branch. Attendees will be entered into a drawing for gift cards and refreshments will be available.


This expo is a great opportunity for current and prospective business owners to meet in one location to discuss their business plan with professional coaches, speak with financial institutions and connect with local resources.


Since publication of the 'How to Open a Business in Blue Springs' guide in summer 2014, the Chamber, Council and City have hosted ten discussions throughout Blue Springs. Similar to these discussions, the expo will focus on the information in the guide with the added benefit of representatives from more than 16 Blue Springs businesses and regional organizations.

For more information on the event, please click here

MU Extension Program Honor  

 On Thursday, February 26 I attended the 2015 Annual Dinner hosted by the University of Missouri Extension Council of Jackson County. At this 100 year celebration, I was privileged to receive a mention on their Leaders Honor Roll for 2014.


This distinction is granted to exceptional University of Missouri Extension leaders  across the nation who support programming that highlights enhancing, building and sustaining strong communities.


Blue Springs Police Department Step Ladder Program
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I am pleased to announce the Blue Springs Police Department Step Ladder Program.


This program is the first of its kind for our City and is in partnership with the Urban Rangers Corps of Kansas City, Missouri. T hrough the partnership, young men interested in law enforcement will have the chance to learn about police services and receive hands-on career experience.


The program begins during a young man's junior or senior year of high school. Before high school graduation, selected participants will begin an internship tailored to their interests and skills. Once participants turn 18, those who performed well could be offered a position with the police department and be mentored by Blue Springs police personnel. Candidates cannot be certified as a police officer until age 21 due to Missouri law, but can be offered paid, non-sworn police department positions.


This is an excellent chance for youth to become informed and a great way for our Blue Springs Police Department to become even more engaged. I look forward to meeting the young men who take advantage of this opportunity!


For more information about this program please reach out via email to the Blue Springs Police Department .
Road Closings 


Walnut Street Closed

Due to continued construction on Woods Chapel Road, Walnut Street is closed at the intersection of Woods Chapel Road was closed on Monday, March 16 and will remain closed for approximately one week, weather pending.


Detoured traffic will run north on 15th  Street and west on NW Vesper Street to Woods Chapel Road.  This closure will allow for pavement marking and concrete work to be completed.


MoDOT Road Closings

As the weather changes, motorists can expect an increase in construction projects that may affect your commute.

There are approximately 14 major construction projects planned that affect ten Jackson County roadways. For a complete list, please click here. For a daily report of traffic closings or delays, please click here.


For the safety of construction workers and drivers, please be cautious in work zones and obey the posted speed limits. 

St. Patrick's Day Parade 

World's Shortest & Smallest St. Patrick's Day Parade!
World's Shortest & Smallest St. Patrick's Day Parade!

Downtown Blue Springs is home to the 'World's Shortest & Smallest' St. Patrick's Day Parade. The parade started at 9 a.m. at the Soda Fountain and ends promptly across the street at The Keg. This year's honorary Grand Marshall was Donna Swope. 


To see more photos, click here.

Blue Springs Magazine Redesign

Blue Springs magazine has a new look!


This is the publication's 10th redesign during its more than 25 years in print. The magazine is mailed quarterly to residents to keep readers up-to-date on all the news, events and community developments taking place in the City.


Look for the Spring/Summer 2015 issue in the mail by mid-April.


To view past issues of the magazine, ple ase click here .
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.