Economic Development Council


The Economic Development Council works to retain, support, and collaborate with existing businesses while also recruiting new businesses that are inline with the city’s long-term strategic plan.

Established by Ordinance 4615.


The Economic Development Council has a total of 14 members. The City appoints 10 of the 14 members. Four of the membership seats are standing positions: One appointed by Central Jackson County Fire Protection District. One appointed by Blue Springs School District. One appointed by Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce. One appointed by Downtown Alive!. One Council member will be assigned annually to serve as a non-voting liaison. 

Those members first appointed by the Mayor shall be appointed for the following terms: Four for one year; Four for two years; and Four for three years. Subsequent appointments shall be for terms of three years. Members appointed by other entities shall serve four year terms.


Meetings are held at 8 a.m. on the third Wednesday of even numbered months in the Journagan Room in the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building, 1100 SW Smith St. 
Board Members
Term Expires
Ron Baker, Chairman September 2016 April 2019
Erin Curry, Vice Chairman September 2016 April 2020
Bill Essmann May 2017 April 2020
Justin Beal May 2017 April 2020
Dave Meyer September 2016 April 2019
Kim Deveney September 2016 April 2019
Deb Ohnoutka September 2016 April 2019
Kathy Hunter September 2016 April 2020
Yvonne Hall September 2016 Standing
Cindy Miller September 2016 Standing
Chief Jeff Grote May 2017 Standing
Kirk Sampson September 2016 Standing
Vacant Seat    
Vacant Seat