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The Taste of Blue Springs

Saturday, Sept 10
4-8 p.m.
Blue Springs High School
2000 NW Ashton Drive
Join the Blue Springs Historical Society for the second Annual Taste of Blue Springs on Sat.,
Sept. 10 from 4-8 p.m. at the Blue Springs High School. Enjoy a wide variety of delicious offerings from over 25 local restaurants. 

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door and children 6 & under are free. 

Click here for more information. 
White Oak Plaza Update

Development is moving along in the former White Oak Shopping Plaza. The demolition portion of development has been completed and crews will being the concrete removal phase soon. 

For more information about development in Blue Springs, click here
Movies in the Park 
Friday, August 26
7:30 p.m.- Activities
Movie starts at dusk
Rotary Park 
534 NW Vesper St

Grab a blanket and lawn chair and come out to enjoy a FREE outdoor movie and popcorn under the stars. This movie is family friendly and will be displayed on a huge inflatable screen with state-of-the-art projection and sound system. 
Paper Shredding Event
Saturday, August 27
9 a.m. to Noon
903 W. Main Street
City Hall (exterior)

This event is open to Blue Springs residents and business owners. There is a limit of 4 grocery bags per person and the event will run until the truck is full. 
Daughters of the American Revolution 

I had the pleasure of meeting with representatives from the Blue Springs Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution on Tuesday, August 23.

I am happy to share that I was presented with a certificate on behalf of the City of Blue Springs for our efforts during the 2015 Kansas City Expo/Air Show to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. 
 Let's Move! Saturdays
These events are free and open to the public, unless noted.

To view the entire summer schedul e,  click here .

TaJazz School of Dance
1100 NW Knox
Aug 27, 10-11 a.m.
Dance Class, ages 3-5

Blue Springs Family YMCA
1300 Adams Dairy Pkwy
Aug 27, Noon to 3 p.m.
Open Swim 
Adult photo ID required, Kids 5 & under must have a parent in the pool. Parents must supervise kids for the duration of the event. 

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

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 on e-stop source for city information and news updates, including those items most important to you.

With a focus on economic growth and prosperity, the Economic Development Corporation (Corporation) is being reorganized structurally under the city's umbrella as the Economic Development Council (EDC). Keep reading to learn more about the newly formed Economic Development Council. 

You can also read about the public art added to our downtown corridor and the City's new mobile app. 

Finally, I would like to share that the Blue Springs Citizen Police Advisory Board has released their July 2016 Public Safety Tax quarterly report. Click here to view

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

On Wednesday, August 17, the City announced the creation of the Blue Springs Economic Development Council. The Economic Development Corporation (Corporation) is being reorganized structurally under the city's umbrella as the Economic Development Council (EDC).

The mission and goals are remaining the same, but the mechanics of the organization and means by which services are delivered will be restructured.

The EDC will work to retain, support, and collaborate with existing businesses while also recruiting new businesses that are in line with the city's long-term strategic plan.

This restructuring will make the economic growth process in Blue Springs more adaptive, efficient and will move us closer to achieving our community vision. We will be improving communications, creating transparency, ensuring consistency and allowing the focus to be on economic growth and prosperity for all existing and new business opportunities.

"The Board is looking forward to the next phase of the EDC," said Mike Lally, Board Chair. "This will be an all-inclusive approach to economic growth with a 'one-stop shop' approach for businesses looking to grow or locate in Blue Springs. It is perfect timing with the lease up on our space; we will reduce overhead by moving into the city offices and we will keep our current staff so the needs of our businesses will be expertly handled. Additionally, I appreciate the Mayor and Council's willingness to maintain the current board appointments as this will provide much needed continuity and stable leadership during the transitional period of this restructuring process. Moreover, by reducing the need to seek investors, the staff and board members will be able to focus on the core mission of connecting businesses with decision makers and establishing clear policy direction."

For more information about this exciting Economic Development evolution, click here.
Downtown Murals
Top Photo: Adams Dairy Farm Mural; Bottom, Far left: Burrus Mill Mural; Bottom Middle: Day Train Mural; Bottom, Far Right: Sunny Side School Mural

I am pleased to share that our downtown corridor has gained four more peices of public art! 

Thanks to a Truman Heartland Community Foundation grant, Blue Springs School District students, with the help of their teachers,  were able to design and paint four distinct murals to honor our City's rich history and beautify our flourishing downtown  corridor. 

Be sure to view the following pieces at their respective locations:
  • Adams Dairy Farm Mural- Inkinlings' Books & Coffee Shoppe, 1101 W Main St
  • Burrus Mill Mural - Municipal Parking Lot
  • Day Train Mural - Print Graphics, 945 NW Vesper St
  • Sunny Side School Mural - Bike Stop, 925 E US Hwy 40
Blue Springs Magazine 

The Fall 2016 edition of the Blue Springs Magazine is now available! This issue includes fall code tips, information about our award winning Downtown Alive!,  and a spotlight on Blue Springs' community organizations. 

Look for your copy in the mail later this month. To view the current issue online, click here.  
'My Blue Springs' App

I am pleased to announce that the City has launched our new mobile application 'My Blue Springs' for smart phones and tablets. The app is free and can be downloaded through the Apple iTunes store and the Android Google Play Store - search for 'My Blue Springs'. 

This app will allow users to receive News Flashes, view the City's Calendar, Parks & Recreation page, access OpenGov data, sign-up for notifications and more.

Users can also look forward to updates to the app as new tools come online including the 'Submit a Request' button. 
 City Government of CTV-7
Check out what's new and going on in Blue Springs, 24 hour
s a day, 7 days a week by tuning into CTV-7 on Comcast Cable channel 7 or AT&T U-verse Channel 99.

To watch videos of past Blue Springs events, check out the City's YouTube page by  clicking 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.