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Missouri Main Street Connection
Blue Springs Fieldhouse Update
Eastern Jackson County Municipal Challenge
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  Susan Culpepper  
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I would like to extend my sincerest sympathies to Councilmember Susan Culpepper and her family during the loss of her husband, B.H. "Speck" Culpepper who passed August 8, 2015.


My prayers are with you all during this time of grief.

Blue Springs One of the Better Cities for Women Entrepreneurs

The City of Blue Springs has been recognized by GoodCall as one of 2015's top cities for women entrepreneurs to launch their business.
GoodCall, a data collection and distribution company, recently reviewed data compiled by Womenable to present cities that offer women entrepreneurs a healthy economy and stable job market. The City of Blue Springs ranks 76 out of 100.
It is a pleasure to see that the efforts of the City and our community partners is shaping Blue Springs into a welcoming place for future business owners!
New Business

   The Smoothie Shop & Supplements
613 SW U.S. Hwy 40
I am pleased to welcome your business to the Blue Springs Community!   
FREE Fun in the Park
MOVIE: Big Hero 6
Friday, August 21
Rotary Park
 7:30 p.m. (Movie starts at Dusk)

Grab a blanket and a lawn chair and head to Rotary Park to enjoy a FREE outdoor movie and popcorn under the stars. Movies are family friendly and will be displayed on a huge inflatable screen with a state-of-the-art projection and sound system.

Let's Move! Approved

Let's Move! Saturdays is continuing efforts to raise awareness about healthy lifestyles, including healthy eating through the new companion program: Let's Move! Approved.
This program recognizes restaurants that offer optional menu meals for 500 calories or less. There are already seven locations participating in the Blue Springs area with more to come:
  • Arby's
  • Bob Evans
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Firehouse Subs
  • Olive Garden
  •  PepperJax Grill
  •  Subway
Look for the window cling in participating restaurants!
50th Anniversary of Vietnam War
This weekend, August 22- 23 our Blue Springs Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be part of an educational exhibit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

The Blue Springs Chapter will have booth space at the Kansas City Aviation Expo Air Show to educate the public on the Vietnam War and each Vietnam veteran who visits will receive a "Thank Your From a Grateful Nation" pin.

It is a pleasure to see our ladies honoring area veterans while educating the public.
 Fall Edition of Blue Springs Magazine Available Online

Check out the latest edition of the Blue Springs Magazine by clicking here and learn more about our annual 'My Blue Springs' Photo Contest.
The magazine is mailed quarterly to residents to provide up-to-date information on City development, news and what's going on in the community. Residents can look for this edition to hit homes in late August/early September.
To view past issues of the magazine, please click here.  

 Let's Move! Saturdays!

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

To view the entire spring/su mmer schedule,  click here.

TaJazz School of Dance
1100 N.W. Knox
August 22, 10-11 a.m.
Ballet & tumbling, ages 2-5 (potty trained, please)

Blue Springs Family YMCA
1300 Adams Dairy Parkway
August 22, Noon to 3 p.m.
Open swim with adult photo ID. Kids 5 & under must have a parent in the pool. Parents must supervise kids for the duration of the event.
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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.


Monday, August 31 is the last day for public comment on the 2015 Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan. This strategy outlines how counties across the state, including Jackson county, will lessen damage caused by man-made and natural disasters. You can click here to view the plan and provide comment.


Have you ever wondered what our City's budget looks like? You can now view the proposed FY 2015-16 budget online by clicking here. The public hearing for the City's budget will be held on Monday, September 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose room of the Municipal Annex.


I encourage each of you to take advantage of these opportunities to be engaged in your community.


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

Missouri Main Street Connection
This past July, Blue Springs Downtown Alive!, City of Blue Springs and the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce were awarded the Streetscape & Public Improvement Project Award by Missouri Main Street Connection.

Blue Springs was nominated for multiple public-private projects that improve the functionality of the downtown corridor and beautify the streetscape. The nomination included the addition of:

  • Parking lots throughout the city resulting in a total of more than 230 additional parking spaces.
  • Four new benches and four new recycling/trash receptacles added along Main Street
  • Fifteen unique bike racks added along Main Street. The racks were designed, assembled and donated by our very own Bike Stop.
These improvements combined with the ongoing efforts of Downtown Alive! resulted in the City being recognized as an Associate Community-one step away from becoming an Accredited participant in the MMSC program.

I am pleased to share that I was also a semi-finalist for the Outstanding Public Official Award.
Our Downtown Alive! groups is doing great things for Blue Springs and I look forward to their continued success in growing Blue Springs!
Blue Springs Fieldhouse Update
Construction and renovation on the Blue Springs Fieldhouse is nearing completion and we are getting closer to the September opening date. Parks & Recreation crews, SFS Architecture and Turner Construction Company have been working diligently to create a facility that provides fitness and recreation for all.

Once complete, the Fieldhouse will offer 76,000-square-feet of indoor recreational space including a fitness center equipped with the latest technology and a variety of weight and cardio equipment. Members can enjoy benefits such as the open gym sessions, Kidz Corner and unlimited access to on-demand fitness courses.

Watch the latest Along The Path video to see the progress of the Fieldhouse
Along The Path
Along The Path

Check out the online edition of the fall 2015 Blue Springs Magazine to see some of the equipment!  
Eastern Jackson County Municipal Challenge

This past July, I participated in the fifth annual Mayor's HotShot Challenge with fellow mayors from Grain Valley, Independence, Lee's Summit, Oak Grove and Raytown to celebrate the opening games of the Eastern Jackson County Municipal Challenge. This annual challenge allows city employees from neighboring communities to come together for fun, wellness and fellowship. The city with the highest number of points at the end of the two-week competition will win a trophy which will remain in that city until the next year's competition.
I did not bring home the gold this year but it was a passionate game and I look forward to the 2015-2016 match. Congratulations to first place winner Mike Todd from Grain Valley!
Special thanks to  Councilman Dale Carter for being the event MC and to our commenter Tim Crone. 
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.