Kansas City Selected to Join National What Works Cities Initiative

What Works CitiesOn June 13, Mayor Mark Holland announced that Kansas City has been selected as 1 of 12 new cities to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Work Cities initiative – one of the largest – ever philanthropic efforts to enhance the use of data and evidence in the public sector. Launched in April 2 015, the initiative is now providing support to 39 cities in 25 states and will work with up to 100 mid-sized cities on a rolling basis through 2018.“I am very grateful to Bloomberg Philanthropies for giving KCK an opportunity to coordinate the redevelopment of our blighted urban neighborhoods, and, in the process, reduce our taxes by increasing the value of our properties,” says Mark Holland, Mayor/CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas. “What we need more than ever is data – driven, smart government, and this program will help us achieve that. I am especially grateful that Michael Bloomberg, who has been very fortunate in life, is choosing to leverage his vast wealth to help improve government’s capacity to create social change.”

Kansas City is one of the newest cities to join a rapidly growing movement among City Halls whose leaders are making a public commitment to enhancing their cities’ use of data and evidence to improve services, inform local decision – making and engage residents. The cities of Baltimore, Maryland; Buffalo, New York; Cape Coral,
Florida; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Greensboro, North Carolina; Gresham, Oregon; Naperville, Illinois; Providence, Rhode Island; Scottsdale, Arizona; Topeka, Kansas; and Wichita, Kansas, were also selected to join the initiative today.

What Works Cities collaborates with participating municipalities to review their current use of data and evidence, understand where they are utilizing best practices and identify areas for growth. Kansas City will work with the What Works Cities expert partners to expand the city’s use of data and evidence to achieve progress with tackling a challenging housing rehabilitation and renewal environment. The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS is excited to work with What Works Cities to establish open data on housing issues that will help us work across the organization, with community stakeholders and residents to help move the needle in renewing our built environment. Additionally, the Unified Government will establish metrics to benchmark performance for everyone to monitor and analyze going forward, which is a priority for the organization as it works to improve the appearance, safety and health of Kansas City, KS.

OPEN DATA: The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas will establish and improve open data practices in order to make the City’s data more accessible to the city managers and the public. They will engage residents by increasing transparency and accountability around housing and blight data. The goal is to make this data more consumable and readily available for residents and departmental stakeholders by developing the policies and processes to inventory,prioritize, release and maintain data publicly.

PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT: The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas will develop a performance management framework focused on improving the Unified Government’s understanding of the housing issue, and improve the use of data and evidence in decision making to address the housing rehabilitation and demolition issue.

The consortium of leading organizations that has been assembled by Bloomberg Philanthropies to provide a program of expert support includes the Behavioral Insights Team, the Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University, the Government Performance Lab at the Harvard Kennedy School, Results for America and the Sunlight Foundation.

The new cities join the following cities as What Works cities: Anchorage, Alaska; Bellevue, Washington; Boston, Massachusetts; Cambridge, Massachusetts; Charlotte, North Carolina; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Denton, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Independence, Missouri; Jackson, Mississippi; Kansas City, Missouri; Las Vegas, Nevada; Lexington, Kentucky; Little Rock, Arkansas; Louisville, Kentucky; Mesa, Arizona; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; New
Orleans, Louisiana; Raleigh, North Carolina; Saint Paul, Minnesota; San Francisco, California; San Jose, California; Seattle, Washington; Tacoma, Washington; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Victorville, California, and Waco, Texas. To receive updates on the What Works Cities initiative, please visit whatworkscities.org.

BPU Charity Golf Tourney set for September 10, 2016

The BPU Employee Charity Golf Corp. will host its Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at Dub’s Dread Golf Course in Kansas City, Kansas. As part of its on-going commitment to the community, BPU employees sponsor and host this popular annual golf event which, to date, has raised nearly $500,000 for charities and nonprofits in Wyandotte County.

The 2016 tournament kicks off with registration and a continental breakfast at 7:00 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. The individual entry fee is $95.00, which includes greens fees, cart, a continental breakfast, refreshments on the course, and an awards dinner with prizes and free give-aways after the tournament. For player registration, contact David Mehlhaff by clicking here. The deadline for player registration is September 2, 2016.

There are also several opportunities for individuals or companies to contribute or donate to this charity event, including corporate sponsorships at various levels, in-kind donations of gift certificates, golf balls, tees, and other items for use in player goodie bags. For donation or sponsorship opportunities, contact a member of the Golf Tournament Committee:

  • David Mehlhaff 913-573-9173
  • Jerin Purtee 913-573-6833
  • Jeremy Ash 913-573-9555
  • Donna Maskil-Thompson 913-573-9967
  • Steve Wolf 913-573-6824
  • Tony Coleman 913-573-9667
  • Sam DeLeon 913-573-6915
  • Jason Moe 913-573-9348

Frequently Used Numbers, Unified Government of Wyandotte County

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To help Wyandotte County residents better communicate with local government, this list contains frequently requested and utilized Unified Government contact information. For additional information, please feel free to contact DTSKCK.  Unless otherwise noted, all numbers utilize area code 913.

Broken Traffic Lights 573-9522
Water Main Break 573-9622
Drug Dealing 573-6280
Dead or Wild Animal 321-1445
Weeds/Overgrown yard 573-8600
Trespassers/Solicitors 596-3000
Broken Street Sign 573-5776
Abandoned Appliances 573-8600
Hazardous Sidewalk 573-5400
Belligerent Person 596-3000
Trash and Debris 573-8600
Underage/Public Drinking 596-3000
Abandoned Homes 573-8600
Arson Activity 573-5550
Illegal Fireworks 596-3000
Gas Leak 800-794-4780
Broken Street Light 573-9522
Potholes 573-8307
Power Line Problems 573-9522
Building Alarm 596-3000
Broken Mailbox 800-275-8777
Stray Dog/Cat 321-1445
Rats 573-6705
Polluting/Pouring Chemicals 321-4803
Clogged Storm Drain 573-5400
Flooded Street 573-8307
Prostitution 596-3000
Foul Odor 573-8600
Illegal Dumping 573-8600
Car Alarm 596-3000
Loud Music or Noise 596-3000
Graffiti Hotline 573-8600
UG Hotline 311
United Way 211

The KCKPD East Patrol Division Commander, CPT Dave Melton, may be reached at 573-6145.

Job Alert: Community Prevention Coordinator, MOCSA


Job Title:  Community Prevention Coordinator
FLSA Status:  Exempt
Department:  Education
Reports to:  Director of Education

Implements primary prevention strategies designed to prevent sexual violence  perpetration and victimization in Wyandotte County.

Coordinate and oversee community prevention activities in Wyandotte County; build and enhance relationships with community partners; represent MOCSA at community events and meetings; enhance and maintain community coalition; mobilize community members to fulfill coalition goals; manage coalition communications and administrative tasks.

Facilitate planning sessions; develop action plans; guide coalition goal setting; build community support for program goals; oversee implementation of program goals.


Coordinate data collection, evaluation and reporting for project related goals, objectives and strategies.

Travel throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area and have some evening and weekend availability to perform prevention and outreach services.

The responsibilities described represent the primary responsibilities of the job. Other
responsibilities maybe assigned by the supervisor as warranted by business needs. The incumbent is expected to do all assigned responsibilities.

Minimum Qualifications
Master’s Degree in public health, social work, public affairs, or related field or five years of equivalent work experience in community mobilization and program coordination.

One to three years of experience in building and maintaining coalit ions
or working collaboratively with community partners. One to three years of experience in program development and writing project reports and proposals.

Preferred Qualifications
Experience working with diverse communities. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Excellent communication, organizational, and public speaking skills. Proven leadership and administrative abilities. Fluency in Spanish preferred.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an
employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
essential functions.

Physical Demands
Work is typically performed in an office or classroom environment. While performing the duties of this job, employees are regularly required to sit, walk and stand; talk or hear, both in person and by telephone; use hands repetitively to finger, handle, feel or operate standard office equipment; reach with hands and arms; and lift up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Mental Demands
While performing the duties of this job, employees are regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; analyze and solve non-routine and complex problems; use math and mathematical reasoning; observe and interpret situations; learn and apply new information or skills; perform highly detailed work on multiple, concurrent tasks; work under intensive deadlines with frequent interruptions; and interact with staff, administration, funders, and others encountered in the course of work.

Vacation, Holiday, Sick Pay, Medical, Dental, Life, Long-term Disability Insurance, 403(b) and Cafeteria program. MOCSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse staff.

Please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to info@nullmocsa.org or by fax to (816) 931-4532.
Please, no phone calls.

BPU Presented National Award for Community Service

KCK Board of Public UilitiesThe Kansas City Kansas Board of Public Utilities (BPU) received an American Public Power Association (APPA) Community Service Award at the association’s annual conference in Phoenix, AZ this week. The award, established in 1990, recognizes “good neighbor” activities that demonstrate the commitment of a utility and its employees to the community, and is widely coveted within the industry.

As a municipally-owned not-for-profit utility, BPU is committed to maintaining, investing in, and protecting the local community, its customers, and the environment. In efforts to be a socially responsible organization, BPU and its employees support and continually give back to Wyandotte County through community giving, volunteerism, and environmental education & advocacy efforts.

The Community Service Award, including a video highlighting the utility’s community giving efforts, was presented to a BPU delegation at a general session attended by industry leaders from across the nation. “BPU has demonstrated its dedication through a mix of donations, volunteer work, environmental advocacy, and civic leadership,” stated APPA leadership before the presentation.

“We are pleased to be recognized as one of the nation’s top utilities for supporting, and assisting, the community it serves,” stated Don Gray, General Manager for BPU. “Giving back to Wyandotte County and working to protect the environment is a key part of our employee culture and utility operations, and we remain committed to making our community a better place to live, just as we have for the last 100 years.”

The American Public Power Association represents not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities that power homes, businesses and streets in nearly 2,000 towns and cities, serving 48 million Americans. These utilities are focused on a single mission — providing reliable electricity at a reasonable price, while protecting the environment.

The Armourdale Levee Trail is Growing

There are some big plans afoot for the Armourdale Levee Trail. Below is a map outlining the major points of interest as well as descriptions of different sections of the trail. This information was gathered by student research of the area along with the opinions of community members and trail enthusiasts. Each point of interest contains aspects of the trail that we hope to either improve or highlight. The descriptions of each zone show how the trail changes throughout the journey:

Armourdale Levee Trail

In response to our community’s demand for continued downtown revitalization, green space accessibility, and vibrant neighborhoods, plans to expand the Levee trail beyond the 1.3 miles opened in July 2014 are already underway.  Here’s an image of what is to come:

Armourdale Levee Trail Overall

If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to traverse this scenic trail, we encourage you to strap on your walking shoes and get to it!  You won’t be disappointed.  To learn more about the trail, click here.

Thank you to the following groups and organizations for your continued support of #OurKCK:

BPU June Board Meeting Changed

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The Board of Directors of the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) will convene on Thursday, June 16th instead of June 15th.  The regular meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the BPU Administration Building located at 540 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan., and is open to the public.

About BPU
BPU’s water department was originally created in 1909, and its electric utility was operational in 1912. The purpose of the utility, then and to this day, is to provide the highest quality electric and water services at the lowest possible cost. Today the publicly owned utility serves approximately 63,000 electric and 50,000 water customers, primarily in Wyandotte County, Kansas. The mission of the utility and its employees is “to focus on the needs of our customers, to improve the quality of life in our community while promoting safe, reliable and sustainable utilities.” BPU’s Web site is www.bpu.com.

Pre Apprentice Firefighter Trainee Program – Kansas City, Kansas

The Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas is accepting applications for the 2016 Pre Apprentice Firefighter Trainee Program. Applications may be obtained in the Human Resources Department at 701 North 7th Street, Room 646, Kansas City, Kansas Monday through Friday 8:30AM to 4:00PM, on the Unified Government’s website, or by clicking here.

The Pre Apprentice Firefighter Trainee Program tentatively begins in August of 2016. The minimum age requirement for this position is 18 years of age, not to exceed 30 years of age. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, June 8.

Please feel free to contact the Unified Government’s Human Resources department at (913) 573-5660 with any questions.