June 2018
2nd Friday Meeting, June 7th, at HJ's Community Center (6425 Wornall)
Join us on June 7th for our monthly 2nd Friday meeting. This month's meeting will be held at a new location: HJ's Community Center at 6425 Wornall. HJ's is a new community center in the heart of Brookside that is affiliated with St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. We appreciate the church making this location available and open to the public for our meeting. We will return to our regular 2nd Friday location at the Trailside Center (9901 Holmes) next month.

We are pleased to have City Manager Troy Schulte as our featured speaker for our June meeting. We'll also be joined by representatives from the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund (NTDF) who will provide information on how to apply for NTDF grants, which support neighborhood programs and events throughout the city.
Smart City Expansion Will Benefit All Residents
The City of Kansas City is accepting proposals to expand its globally-recognized and award-winning Smart City program. The City has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to establish a public-private partnership focusing on goals such as improving delivery of basic city services, increasing life expectancy through better health, and bridging the digital divide.
 
Councilman McManus has served on the Smart City Advisory Board for the past three years and will serve on the selection committee. "We already have implemented new technologies to deliver services to our residents more efficiently and transform Kansas City into one of the most connected and cutting-edge communities in the country," Councilman Kevin McManus said. "This RFP will allow us to partner work with industry leaders to expand this effort citywide, so our city continues to use data and technologies to improve the lives of all our residents. I am looking forward to reviewing the proposals."
 
The city’s RFP is a competitive process open to all interested companies. The City expects to negotiate a long-term contract with the preferred proposer. That contractor would become program manager of the city’s Smart City initiatives, which are overseen by the Office of Innovation.

The first phase of the Smart City expansion will focus on building Smart City infrastructure on the Prospect Avenue corridor, alongside the planned Prospect MAX bus line upgrade. Smart City amenities will expand citywide in the following years, with the selected proposer investing millions of dollars to fund the expansion.
  
“We are building a 21st century city for our 21st century residents,” said Bob Bennett, Chief Innovation Officer. “Our Smart City projects will allow corporate partners to field-test emerging technology and concepts in a public service space.” 
 
The Smart City program launched two years ago. Smart City successes to date include: 
  • Creation of the Cisco Networking Academy at Manual Tech High School. Graduates receive a certificate in networking that qualifies them for high-paying tech jobs.
  • Creation of the “Pothole Predictor”, which is in the testing phase, designed to save taxpayer money and better maintain roads.
  • Dynamic traffic signal timing has shortened travel time on Main Street through downtown.
  • A partnership with Avis that created the nation’s largest test of connected vehicles in Kansas City right now.
3-Trail Transit Center Opens in South KC
The 3-Trails transit hub has opened at 9449 Blue Ridge Blvd. in South Kansas City. Six bus routes that serve the area will make stops at this new hub. In addition, the National Park Service will recognize the stop as an official national historic trail trailhead. The 3-Trails hub will also be home to a digital kiosk that will provide riders real-time bus schedules and other community information. Additional details can be found at KCATA.org.
2018 PIAC Hearings
There are two PIAC hearings scheduled in the 6th Distict (see below), but residents can provide input and testimony at any PIAC hearing.

  • Tuesday, June 19, 2018 | 6 – 8 p.m. | Hillcrest Community Center | 10401 Hillcrest Road
  • Thursday, July 12, 2018 | 6 – 8 p.m. | Kansas City United Church of Christ (Formerly CCCUC) | 205 W 65th St

Please visit kcmo.gov/PIAC to for a complete list of hearings and to submit an application
6th District Councilmen Sponsoring Tower Park Picnic & Movie Night
Councilmen Host Second Movie Night with KCPD
6th District Councilmen McManus and Taylor are hosting their second movie night of the summer at KCPD South Patrol on Saturday, June 16th. We hope you can join us!
6th District Happenings
Councilmen McManus and Taylor at beam signing celebration for Fish Tech's new Cyber Defense Center in Martin City
Harry Ingels was honored with a retirement resolution at a Southern Communities Coalition meeting. Harry worked nearly 27 years for the City, most recently with Water Services.
Ribbon Cutting for Heartland Imaging KC, in Martin City. Heartland Imaging is a full-service photography store that has moved in to the historic Bailey Brothers Building.
The City Council recently recognized city employees for Public Employee Recognition Day.
Upcoming Events
  • South Kansas City Alliance meets at 6 p.m. on the second Monday of every month at KCPD South Patrol (9701 Marion Park Drive).
  • KC Parks event calendar: kcparks.org/events