Frank Williams Housing Grand Re-Opening

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Whoa, KC!  We have some exciting news to share!  On February 15 of this year, we reported that Frank Williams Housing Resource Center would discontinue walk-in services.

However, thanks to the generosity of a major donor and a community partner, FWHRC will re-open their doors and resume services on Tuesday April 5, 2016.  Downtowners are invited to join the FWHRC team on this day at 9:00AM for the Grand Re-opening Ceremony.  Check our Events Calendar for the details.

If you’re unfamiliar with Frank Williams Housing and the services they offer, here’s a little more information:

Located at 1201 North 7th Street in Kansas City, Kansas, FWHRC serves Wyandot Center consumers and other adults who face challenges with housing by offering the following services: laundry facilities, showers, computers, telephones, information about housing, and providing access to Wyandot Center services as needed.  Their hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30AM to 12:30PM (closed on holidays observed by Wyandot Center).

We’re happy to hear Frank’s is coming back!  If you have a moment, stop by their Facebook page and say congrats!

BPU Expands Refrigerator Replacement Program

BPU The Power of CommunityThe Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has expanded a rebate program that encourages customers to replace their older, less efficient refrigerators with an Energy Star® qualified appliance that uses less electricity. While the program was previously only available to residential customers, it is now available for commercial customers as well. Moreover, the amount of rebate provided to residential customers who utilize this program has been increased to $1,000.00, and commercial customers can now get up to $3,500.00 (up to 70% of the purchase price of a new refrigerator).

Refrigerators operate 24 hours a day, using more electricity annually than any other appliance in the home. If made before 2001, investing in a newer model can save energy immediately and cut customer’s utility costs significantly over time. BPU’s rebate program, with revisions, is intended to reduce energy consumption and further protect the environment.

To receive a BPU Refrigerator Replacement Rebate, customers should do the following:

  1. Remove and replace older refrigerators with a new Energy-Star® qualified refrigerator from a retailer. Make sure the appliance has the Energy-Star® label when making the purchase.
  2. Request and submit the BPU Rebate Application by calling 913-573-9997.
    Include a copy of dated sales receipt /invoice showing manufacturer, model number, and purchase price of the new appliance.  Include copy of the signed document of disposal of previously-owned refrigerator.
  3. Once completed, customers will receive a mailed check from BPU within six to eight weeks.

The Refrigerator Replacement Rebate program is available for a limited time and for BPU residential and commercial customers living in the BPU service area, and applies to 70% of the purchase price of residential or commercial refrigerators with new Energy Star® certifications. Residential customers can get up to a $1,000.00 rebate, while commercial refrigerators can get up to $2,500.00 for a one or two-door refrigerator, and up to $3,500.00 for three-plus door refrigerators

The rebate is valid for purchases made between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016, with purchase receipt, removal document, and application postmarked no later than December 31, 2016.

One rebate per household/address per customer, and the $1,000.00 rebate amount may not exceed the purchase price of the refrigerator. Customers must have an active electric account that is in good-standing.

Scholarship Opportunity From the WCCKCK

Women's Chamber of Commerce of KCKThe Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City, Kansas is requesting applications for 2016 Scholarships.  Scholarship amounts range from $500 to $2,500 based on available funds and individual need.

The WCCKCK considers scholarships an increased importance due to the rising cost of pursuing higher education.  Education not only develops the personality and rationality of individuals, but prepares women to fulfill certain economic, political, and cultural functions.  The WCCKCK believes that this improves women’s socio-economic status.

All applicants must be residents of Wyandotte County who are attending any post-secondary institution.

Scholarships are awarded to non-traditional women students.  The WCCKCK defines non-traditional as:

  • 24 years of age or older
  • financially independent
  • has dependents

If you or anyone you know meet the above-listed criteria, DTSKCK and the WCCKCK strongly encourage you to download a copy of the scholarship application.

The deadline for submitting a completed application is June 1, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.

For additional information, feel free to leave a comment in the section below, or contact the WCCKCK directly.

WorkWell Workshops

Our friends at Healthy Communities Wyandotte are excited to announce 3 FREE upcoming WorkWell Workshops April 14-15, 2016.

These workshops are designed to help businesses develop comprehensive, evidence-based wellness plans that improve health as well as business. All workshop sessions are FREE –  all you need to do is register in advance. Upcoming topics include: Foundation, Healthy Foods, and Tobacco.  To get registered, fill out the WorkWell Workshop packet available here.


As always, keep your eyes on our blog for the latest Downtown KCK news!

KCK Chamber 2016 Annual Meeting

Hey Downtowners, just a quick reminder:

KCK Chamber's 2016 Annual Meeting
Mayor Mark Holland

On Wednesday, April 6, the KCK Chamber will welcome members and guests to join us for our 2016 Annual Meeting and a panel discussion about regionalism and collaboration in Kansas City, Kansas. Panelists include business leaders from the non-profit, technology and government sectors and will include Mayor Mark Holland from the Unified Government of Wyandotte County.

This event is one of the KCK Chamber’s largest and most celebrated events of the year so you’ll want to make sure you buy your table or tickets soon as the event is almost sold out. The 11:30am luncheon will highlight Mayor Holland as part of the panel, where he’ll share ideas about how partnerships and regional initiatives can continue to deliver job growth and economic development in KCK and in our region.

Mayor Holland was elected April 2, 2013 as the 28th Mayor of the City of Kansas City, Kansas and the 3rd Mayor/CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas (UG). He began his UG career as a member of the Board of Commissioners, elected At-Large District 1 in 2007 and re-elected in 2011.

Mark is a fourth generation Wyandotte County native and a third generation clergy in KCK. He has served as the Senior Pastor at Trinity Community Church, a United Methodist Congregation in Kansas City, Kansas since 1999. Mark continues to serve the church in a part-time role. Mark is a graduate of Southern Methodist University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology and a BA in Philosophy in 1991. He was ordained in the United Methodist Church in 1994. In 1997, he graduated from Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado with a Masters of Divinity degree. He also attended Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri where he received a Doctor of Ministry degree in 2009.

Mark is passionate about Kansas City, Kansas and is committed to the community and its growth. The KCK Chamber is excited that he is willing to be a part of our 2016 Annual meeting and be involved in our panel on regionalism.

Be sure to get your ticket this event on Wednesday, April 6th at the Reardon Center in downtown KCK to hear Mayor Holland tell us more about himself and his love for KCK. For more information or to register please visit

We hope to see you there! For more information, visit the Chamber’s Website, our Events Calendar, and keep your eyes on Facebook.

BPU Launches Energy Engage Portal

logoThe Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) recently launched the newest way for customers to save energy, save water and save money; the Energy Engage portal on BPU’s website. This new tool puts customers in control of their utility bill, providing them with up-to-date usage and cost information, the environmental impact of their usage, conservation tips, and alerts for easier budgeting. All of this helpful information is now available via one easy-to-use and understandable online portal.

Once a customer signs into their own personal Energy Engage dashboard, they’ll be able to see their estimated overall BPU bill for the month as well as current electric and water usage. Customers can also see estimated electric and water usage in dollars. Moreover, they’ll see details on how much they’ve spent on electricity and water so far this month, and how much they’re estimated to spend when their next bill comes. They can see by day, current billing cycle, or current year how much water or electricity they’ve used, with this tool also allowing them to zoom in to see how much they’ve used by the hour.

The Energy Engage portal has some great tips on saving money, electricity and water to reduce utility bills and the impact on the environment. It details how much electricity someone has used compared to the previous month, as well as information on when it’s being used. There’s also an alert option, where someone can set an alarm to notify them when they get close to a pre-set budgeted amount.

To enroll, BPU customers can go to and click the View Bill tab at the top of the page. Then enter their account number and sign in. Once inside their online account, they’ll click Energy Engage. If an individual doesn’t have an existing BPU self-service account, they can sign up as a “new user” and have immediate access.

To view a video tutorial of the Energy Engage Portal, click here.

For questions or assistance, customers can call BPU Customer Service at 913-573-9190.

Wyandotte Gov Live Streaming Commission Meetings

Hey Downtowners!  The Unified Government of Wyandotte has chosen to start live streaming Commission meetings.  Here’s some information Mayor Holland shared with us:

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The Unified Government has made a significant step toward improving transparency and citizen access, and is now live streaming its Commission meetings.

Are you not currently a resident of Wyandotte County and are feeling left out? Now you can join in on the fun! Were you planning a trip out of town for spring break but were afraid you might miss something? Take your laptop and stream our meetings from the airport!

The UG began broadcasting Commission meetings on UGTV in 2013. After a few upgrades and the installation of new broadcast equipment, Special Session and Standing Committee meetings were added to the broadcast schedule. While this improved citizen’s access to the public meetings, you could only view them if you were a subscriber to Google Fiber or Time Warner Cable and located in Wyandotte County. Now, anyone can see the Commission meetings over the internet and on mobile devices no matter where they’re located!

You can begin streaming tonight when the UG Commission meets for Special Session at 5 p.m. The video will be available on the Public Relations page of the UG website and also on our YouTube page. You can also find and view any previous meetings you weren’t able to catch live by visiting our YouTube page.

I want to thank Edwin Birch, the UG’s Public Information Officer, his team and also our IT and Bldgs & Logistics staff for working hard to make this happen.

Happy viewing!

Mark Holland

As always, keep an eye on our blog for more Downtown KCK News!

Job Alert: Seeking Tobacco Project Manager

Job Alert!  Our friends at the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City have a Tobacco Project Manager position currently available.  Applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter, resume, and references to Jessica Hembree via email.  Jessica’s contact information is available in the PDF copy of the Tobacco Project Manager job description.

Tobacco Project Manager – Part-time Job Description

EMPLOYEE CLASSIFICATION: Nonexempt – 20 hours/week [Limited Term]

The Tobacco Program Manager will be responsible for managing the foundation’s 3 – 7 year, $3 to $5 million investment to ensure achievement of measurable impact on youth initiation of tobacco and nicotine use in the Foundation’s service area according to the Foundation’s strategic plan. This associate will collaborate closely with relevant program, evaluation, advocacy, and communication associates. The Project Manager will be directly involved in the work in a hands-on way, including spending significant time researching the content area and promising strategies, convening relevant experts, engaging in the community, meeting with related groups, organizations, policy makers, service providers, grantees, experts, funders, and other partners. This position as outlined expires after three years of service, with the possibility for extension or reassignment.


  • Work with key associates within HCF to recommend a strategy for preventing nicotine initiation in the HCF service area that draws upon qualitative and quantitative data, tobacco experts, and community input. The strategy will set clear and achievable goals for the effort and a detailed plan for achieving that goal.
  • Collaborating across the many domains of the Foundation’s work to ensure that the recommended strategy draws upon the lessons learned over HCF’s decade of grantmaking. This will require strong listening skills and diligence in ensuring that HCF’s safety net, mental health, healthy communities, advocacy, and communication associates are incorporated into the strategy development.
  • Convening relevant partners and experts to ensure that the plan is well-formulated and enthusiastically supported. S/he will work in collaboration with community members, service providers, policy-makers, experts, funders, and others to develop and vet the strategy and implementation plan and ensure strong partnerships and buy-in.
  • Developing a process that includes members of the targeted population and offers meaningful opportunities for their engagement and input into the development and implementation of the initiative.
  • Implementing the plan, with due consideration for any strategic changes necessary to achieve the goals of this project. Implementation of the plan may require direct supervision of grants and contracts.
  • Representing the foundation at local, regional and state levels.
  • Building and maintaining expertise in preventing nicotine initiation and a reputation as an effective leader in the field.
  • Participating as assigned on Foundation’s teams.
  • Performing general Foundation support activities and carrying out special projects as required.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • An undergraduate degree is required, with an advanced degree strongly preferred.
  • Must possess a career history of at least 5 years of experience, demonstrating a positive track record of upward mobility and success in collaborative work. While direct experience in healthcare and/or philanthropy is not a requirement, candidates must possess a solid understanding of public health, particularly as it relates to vulnerable populations, as well as foundation operations.
  • A recognized, respected professional in the tobacco prevention field or on a path to becoming one; a thought-leader; deeply knowledgeable about interventions, programs, policies, and what drives success.
  • Leadership background should include expertise in bringing together and authentically listening to diverse groups to attain common goals at the organizational, community or regional level. In particular, strong facilitation skills will be necessary to capture the voices of HCF’s many community partners. This professional must be equally comfortable working with public health professionals as youth, nonprofessionals, and members of the public who are the target population of this effort.
  • A willingness to grow and change as this position evolves. This is HCF’s inaugural Project Manager and the exact duties of the position will evolve as the project develops. This position will demand flexibility and an ability to adapt to dynamic responsibilities over the course of the project.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and a track record of taking initiative.
  • Excellent communication and people skills, particularly the ability to write clearly and succinctly and to make well-organized verbal presentations.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and to maintain confidentiality as appropriate.
  • Professional attitude and appearance appropriate to office standards and job responsibilities.
  • Commitment to the foundation’s vision, mission, and values.

The Tobacco Project Manager will be compensated at an hourly rate for 20 hours per week, on average. Hours worked per week will vary. The hourly compensation rate will be determined on an individual basis. The Tobacco Project Manager will not receive any benefits. Ordinary and necessary expenses incurred by the Project Manager on behalf of HCF in the course of performing work on the Project will be reimbursed per HCF’s policies.

Send an email including a cover letter, resume, and references to Jessica Hembree at the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City by viewing her contact information in the PDF version of the Project Manager Description.

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DashKCK Returns in 2016

DashKCKGreat news, Downtowners – DashKCK is returning this year on September 17, 2016!  Although there is still plenty of time to prepare for this awesome 5K run/walk, our friends at Donnelly College are happy to announce the official DashKCK website is live.  Learn more by visiting DashKCK.

We’ll post more information as the event approaches, so keep an eye on our blog.

KC Fresh Food Financing Advocacy Toolkit

We are excited to announce our friends at KC Healthy Kids have released their Fresh Food Financing Advocacy Toolkit:

kchk-program-food-policy-coalition-icon-120x142Did you know that 200,000 residents in Clay, Jackson and Wyandotte counties live in food deserts? That means many of your neighbors and friends can’t easily get to grocery stores to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein and dairy products.

The problem stems from the inherent challenges of the grocery industry in general, combined with the unique difficulties of owning, operating and renovating grocery stores in food deserts, especially.

The Kansas City Grocery Access Task Force, convened by KC Healthy Kids, is proposing the creation of a Fresh Food Financing fund that would improve grocery access on both sides of the state line. The fund would offer financial tools the grocers need to overcome obstacles to operating in food deserts.

But funding alone cannot solve the problem. Community engagement is key. It can happen through schools, churches and neighborhood and community groups like yours.

Now it’s time for YOU to speak out! When you support grocery store renovation and development, you are giving traction to a virtuous cycle that can help more families put affordable, fresh food on their tables.

This toolkit will help. It was designed to support our partners and community members who want to mobilize and advocate for a Fresh Food Financing fund for the Kansas City region.

The Fresh Food Financing Advocacy Toolkit is packed-full of valuable information concerning what you and community members can do to help bring a much-needed grocery store to Downtown Kansas City, Kansas. To download a free 24-page PDF of the toolkit, visit the KC Healthy Kids website by clicking here.