Mayor Holland Launches Listening Tour

mayor mark holland kckThroughout the rest of the year, Mayor/CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., Mark Holland, will host monthly events as part of a listening tour that’s designed to share information on city initiatives and the current state of UG affairs.

More importantly, however, the listening tour will offer residents of each KCK district to share their feedback on new revenue spending.

“The Unified Government will soon have access to a new source of revenue, so at the Listening Tour we will break into small groups and ask for your feedback on how to spend it,” Mayor Holland says. “In 2017, the STAR bonds used to finance the Village West area will pay off and the city will receive a windfall of sales tax revenue totaling around $12 million. How would you invest this money in our community? Should we use it all to lower our property taxes? Should we take a portion of the money and put it toward street repair, new sidewalks or demolition? These additional funds provide us an opportunity that doesn’t come around often, and we need to work collaboratively to make sure we put these resources to use thoughtfully and efficiently.”

The series kicks off in district 1 with UG Commissioner Gayle Townsend and At-Large Commissioner Melissa Bynum from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26, at Northwest Middle School, 2400 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kan. Here’s a list of upcoming tour stops, each of which will include commissioners from the corresponding districts:

District 2: McKinley Elementary, June 23
District 3: Rosedale Middle School, July 7
District 4: Wyandotte High School, August 25
District 5: Piper High School, September 8
District 6: Turner High School, October 13
District 7: Bonner High School, November 17
District 8: Schlagle High School, December 8

This listening tour represents an important opportunity to help shape critical decision-making. If you have questions on what district you live in or need other info, please contact the Mayor’s office.


Community Health Council of Wyandotte County Leads County-Wide Healthy Living Initiative

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Spencer Reed, a sophomore architecture at the University of Kansas, carries a model of the Downtown Parkway District into CHC’s new community design center.

The Community Health Council of Wyandotte County recently announced that it will lead an initiative to help Wyandotte County residents make their communities more conducive to healthy living.

CHC recently received a four-year, $1.6 million grant from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention program that helps reduce obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke throughout the U.S.

The heart of the initiative is a community design center operated by the KU School of Architecture, Design and Planning at 611 N. Sixth St. in downtown KCK neighborhood Strawberry Hill.

The space will also double as a learning lab for students and a drop-in resource for residents so that they can get ideas about how to better promote health in their neighborhoods and communities.

“I still believe, and am excited to work with people who still believe, that change is possible, that we are not stuck with the status quo, that the future can be better than it was, that we can turn a community around by making it beautiful and healthy and investing in the individual voices of the people already living there,” said Jesyca Hope Rodenberg, CHC’s director of communications and outreach.

For more on the project, read the full story on KCUR’s website. And to all involved: we’re happy to have you in #downtownKCK! We’ll continue to keep you updated on this exciting project.

Image via KCUR

Celebrate 94 Days of Summer Fun in Kansas City, Kan.!

kaw point kckKansas City, Kan. is a city for all seasons, but there’s no doubt that the summer months are one of the best times to get out and explore all that KCK has to offer! Not sure where to start? Our friends at the Kansas City Kansas Convention & Visitors Bureau have done the work for you and created a summer fun checklist that you can use to guide your adventures.

The checklist includes plenty of summer fun in #downtownKCK, and we thought we’d highlight a few of our favorites:

#7, Explore where Lewis & Clark camped at Kaw Point Riverfront Park. Grab your camera or phone for a beautiful shot of the river and the Kansas City, Mo. skyline.

#26, Hear the famous “Hi, may I help you?” at Gates BBQ. No matter what you order, don’t forget the fries—and plenty of Gates’ delicious sauce on the side!

#38, Feast at taquerias in downtown Kansas City, Kan. Whether you go to El Camino Real, Bonito Michoacan, El Pollo Alegre, Tortilleria San Antonio, El Pollo Rey, Ninfa’s Tortillas & Taqueria or discover another delicious find, make sure you bring your appetite!

#65, See the iconic Winkler’s Clock, a real working Seth Thomas Clock in downtown Kansas City, Kan. It did inspire our Downtown Shareholders logo, after all!

#78, Drink a cup of Snickerdoodle coffee from A Cup On The Hill. After all, any great summer adventure starts with a little caffeine!

There’s so much more to see and do! Print off a copy of the checklist and see if you can complete all 94 ideas by summer’s end. Don’t forget to tag your photos with #KCK94Days (and, when you’re downtown, feel free to also use #OurKCK) and we’ll live vicariously through your KCK summer vacation. Have fun!

Image via Kansas City Kansas Convention & Visitors Bureau


May Wednesday Walk Highlights Downtown Parkway District

downtown parkway district kckDowntown Shareholders debuted a new event series, “Wednesday Walks,” last month and we’re excited to announce details for this month’s adventure! Meet us at noon on Wednesday, May 20, at the 7th & Minnesota Transit Plaza. From there, Gould Evans Vice President Jim Schraeder will lead us in a stroll down Minnesota Avenue while talking about plans for the Downtown Parkway District project.

We’ll end up in the heart of the proposed district at Big Eleven Lake, where we’ll stop for a quick picnic lunch. If you’d like to stick around, please bring a sack lunch. We’ll wrap up the walk and lunch by 1 p.m.

Wednesday Walks will be scheduled the third Wednesday of each month. Walks will be focused on a particular neighborhood or area of downtown KCK, and we’ll have a walk leader that will share more information, history, etc. as we stroll. You’re more than welcome to take photos throughout the event and share them to your social networks using hashtags #downtownKCK and/or #OurKCK.

We’ll keep the calendar updated with details about upcoming walks. In the meantime, we hope to see you on May 20!