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Posted on: August 29, 2014

City Purchase Helps Meet Community Recreation Needs

Blue Springs, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs and the Parks & Recreation Department is currently in the process of purchasing the Sports City complex located at 425 NE Mock Avenue. The facility will assist in meeting some of our current and long term recreation programming goals and athletic space needs.

This purchase was made possible through a significant donation by Linda Edison, a long-time Blue Springs resident and former Park Commission Chairman. The remaining budget for the purchase and renovation of the facility will not require the city to issue any voter-approved debt.

“We are extremely grateful to have residents who are willing to step up and make Blue Springs a better community by not only donating time, but contributing financially within our community,” said Mayor Carson Ross. “This opportunity would not have been possible without Ms. Edison’s generous gift and tremendous heart for Blue Springs.”

The Sports City facility is over 76,000 square feet of recreational space that includes soccer fields, basketball courts, batting cages, locker rooms and meeting rooms.

“When the Sports City facility became available, we took a close look at the facility to determine if acquisition would be feasible and if it would line up with our recreation needs,” said City Administrator Eric Johnson. “We are very excited about the numerous recreational opportunities this facility will give our residents and visitors.”

City officials are currently undergoing a due diligence period to ensure the facility has no major structural defects or unforeseen issues. After the acquisition is completed, the facility will be closed to the public for renovations. The City will work with SFS Architecture to identify ways to include some of the priorities outlined in citizen surveys and recent strategic plans within the renovated facility.

“The purchase of this existing facility instantly allows the Parks & Recreation Department to better meet our community’s recreation programming needs outlined in multiple strategic plans,” said Parks & Recreation Director Dennis Dovel. “While this facility does not allow us to offer all of the community programming identified in the recent Community Center study, it does provide an outstanding opportunity for our Parks & Recreation Department to expand passive and active recreational offerings to the community we serve.”

“This new facility helps us meet some of our community needs, but it does not address our deferred park maintenance obligation or funding for future park development as outlined in our strategic plans and citizen surveys,” said Mayor Carson Ross. “The City Council, Park Commission and City staff will continue to seek ways to fund needed improvements throughout our parks system.”

The City plans to complete purchase of the Sports City facility in late October for $1.9 million dollars. The facility will be operated by the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department. For more information please contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 816-228-0137.

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Posted on: August 27, 2014

Blue Springs Farmers Market Temporarily Located at City Hall; Moves to Permanent Location Sept. 6

Blue Springs, Mo. – The Blue Springs Farmers Market will be located in City Hall’s parking lot at 903 W Main Street on Saturday, August 30 from 7 a.m. to noon. The market is scheduled to return to their permanent home at the newly expanded Municipal Park...Read on...

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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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