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Posted on: August 27, 2014

City unveils newly redesigned website

Blue Springs, Mo. – A fresh new look, easier navigation and beautiful local photos are some of the features on the newly redesigned City of Blue Springs’ website, www.bluespringsgov.com.

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Posted on: August 20, 2014

City, Chamber and EDC Announce ‘How to Open a Business in Blue Springs’ Guide

Blue Springs, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs, Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation are proud to announce the new ‘How to Open a Business in Blue Springs’ guide. This resource is available as a booklet and on the City, Chamber and EDC’s websites.

"Whether you are starting a business to supplement your income, replace a job, or pursue your life-long dream, we want your business to succeed," says Mayor Carson Ross. “I want everyone to know that the City of Blue Springs is open for business, and that the City, Chamber and EDC are working together to make the process of starting up a business as easy as possible.”

The ‘How to Open a Business in Blue Springs’ booklet contains a step-by-step guide that includes contact information for quick access to additional information you may need to conduct business in Blue Springs.

“This resource guides perspective business owners on how to open their business and avoid costly missteps,” said Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce Chair of the Board Rachel Hummel. “We are very pleased with this new resource as it fits into our mission to promote, develop and facilitate a strong economic environment in Blue Springs so our business community can grow and prosper.”

The guide focuses on six steps to help entrepreneurs and businesses owners start or relocate a business in Blue Springs. These steps include: Getting Started; Building a Business Plan; Naming, Registering and Organizing Your Business; Choosing the Right Location for Your Business; City, County, State and Federal Licensing; and What’s Next. The guide features ‘Pro Tips’ and ‘Things to Consider’ to advise entrepreneurs on areas that can be stumbling blocks in the business development process.

“We created this guide to help startups and new or relocating businesses know not only the process, but the vast resources here in Blue Springs,” said Blue Springs Economic Development Chairman Bill Essmann. “One of our goals is to help launch new businesses, grow with them and transition them into established companies. We believe their success will build a stronger economy and provide more stable jobs in our community.”

The guide was developed by the City of Blue Springs, the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation and the Jackson County Economic Development Corporation.

“The past few years we have worked diligently to improve internal and external processes to better respond to new and existing development opportunities. It’s important that we help facilitate positive growth in the community and respond with tools and processes that will guide, inform, and educate businesses who want to expand or relocate in Blue Springs. Throughout the development of this guide, we worked to streamline our internal processes through a customer-service approach,” said City Administrator Eric Johnson. “I’m extremely proud of the collaboration that went into this and know that by working together, improving our systems and sharing ideas, we can make Blue Springs a better home for entrepreneurs and the entire business community.”

Physical copies of the guide are available at City Hall, the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Blue Springs EDC and both branches of the Blue Springs Mid-Continent Public Library.

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Posted on: August 18, 2014

City Clerk announces retirement

Blue Springs, Mo. – Kathy Richardson, City Clerk for over 15 years, is announcing her retirement effective December 12, 2014. She will continue to work in her current capacity over the next four months to complete projects, goals, and to assist the City Administrator and other department personnel with the departments’ transition.

“I’m looking forward to enjoying my retirement, but will miss the daily interaction with the City Council, staff and residents of Blue Springs,” said Richardson. “I have truly enjoyed working with so many good people however, I intend on staying in Blue Springs and hope to become involved in our community on a different level.”

Richardson started her career with the City of Blue Springs in March 1999 as the Assistant City Clerk, and was promoted to City Clerk in March 2007.

“Kathy has served her city and community honorably. She is highly regarded for her kindness, professionalism and willingness to always go the extra mile to get the job done," said Mayor Carson Ross. “I want to personally thank Kathy for all that she has done for our community, and for assisting me personally over the years, and wish her best of luck in retirement.”

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Posted on: August 11, 2014

Construction begins on Phase II of Woods Chapel Road; Old Mill Park closed to motorists

Blue Springs, Mo. – Construction on Phase II of the Woods Chapel Road Reconstruction Project will begin at the south end which will include the closure of the vehicle entry to Old Mill Park. The park will remain open to the public, but closed to motorists during construction.

“Closing the vehicle entry to Old Mill Park during Phase II of the Woods Chapel Road Reconstruction Project allows us to reduce the overall cost of the project and speeds up the construction process,” said Mayor Carson Ross. “We appreciate your continued patience as we work to make these infrastructure improvements.”

Utility companies have completed relocating conduits, boxes, poles and major fiber optic interconnect lines over the last 15 months. The construction contract with Amino Brothers was approved at the July 7, 2014 City Council meeting and a notice to proceed has been issued with an effective date of August 18, 2014. The project includes realigning and widening the roadway, adding a roundabout at the Walnut Street intersection, and creating bicycle and pedestrian pathways.

Woods Chapel Road will remain open throughout the course of the project but motorists should expect construction-related delays. As the project progresses this fall, Walnut Street will need to be closed at Woods Chapel Road during the construction of the roundabout; notice will be given in advance of that closure. For both the safety of construction workers and drivers, we urge commuters to be cautious in work zones.

For more information, contact the Public Works Engineering Division at (816) 228-0121 or Amino Brothers Company, Inc. at (913) 334-2330.

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