Small Business Resources for January 2017

DTSKCK’s Small Business Grant Program
Description: Our grant program assists the small business owner or entrepreneur with “gap filling,” something our research indicates is greatly needed. Follow the link to learn more and apply.

Facebook Live Q&A: Financing Options for Your Small Business
Description: Did you miss Small Business Administration’s Facebook Live Q&A about financing options for small businesses? Not to worry, you can still watch it on SBA’s Facebook page.

A Simple Cash Flow Spreadsheet Anybody Can Use
Description: If there’s just one formal business skill every business owner should have, it’s understanding and forecasting cash flow. Uncover 4 important factors that can help you simplify the process by clicking on the article title above.

Top 10 Low Cost Start Up Business Ideas You Can Launch Today
Description: Did you proclaim 2016 as the year that you would start a business? Well, it’s not too late! From affiliate marketing to online retailing, the opportunities are endless! Click on the link above to find a full list of ideas that will help you get your juices flowing.

6 Low-Cost Ways to Test your Business Idea
Decription: Do you have a new business idea for a product or service? Great! Be sure to validate your idea by testing the market. Find 6 low-cost ways to do so by clicking on the article link above.

10 Essentials of A Marketing Plan in 2016
Description: The world of marketing is changing constantly but there are 10 key components that you should keep in mind. Find out what they are by clicking on the article title above.

5 Ways to Target the Right Audience
Description: The most important step in business planning is finding out who your customers are, what their needs are and why they want to buy from you. Is the market right for you? Are you targeting the right customers? Do they identify with your value proposition and your brand promise? Uncover additional tips by clicking on the article link above.

7 Ideas for Marketing to Existing Customers
Description: Marketing is more than just about attracting new customers. It’s imperative that you retain existing customers as well. Click on the article link above to uncover 7 ways that will help you to keep them engaged.

Can You Really Start a Business With Just a Smartphone? Yes!
Description: Don’t let your lack of resources stop you from starting a business! Find out which types of businesses naturally lend themselves to being run on mobile devices by clicking on the article link above.

 

December 2016 Resources


Job Alert: Early Head Start Education, Mental Health & Disabilities Coordinator, TFC

Summary of Position
Works in cooperation with all other content areas within Early Head Start to oversee and coordinate all activities pertaining to the education and disabilities content area in order to provide integration of services, training and compliance monitoring. Collaborates and supports referrals for services with LEA/First Steps/community agencies. Provides direction for all Early Head Start Center based and Family Child care partners. This includes, but is not limited to, researching, developing, data analysis, planning, child development, organizing and implementing training opportunities, and the overall implementation of education, menalt heath and disability services as outlined in the Head Start Program Performance Standards and program work plan. Ensures that the Professional Development opportunities offered support a safe and healthy environment conducive to learning. Works with considerable autonomy within professional guidelines and The Family Conservancy’s policies and procedures.

Essential Job Results

  • Ensures compliance with Head Start Performance Standards through the implementation of the education, mental health and disability policies and procedures in order to provide a quality educational program in an ongoing manner.
  • Utilizes database within Early Head Start/Head Start to enter requirements for education, mental health and disability services and to monitor monthly data entry of social/emotional and developmental screenings and follow-up, child assessment data, and completion of parent and teacher conferences and home visits.
  • Meets regularly with EHS team identifying, developing and implementing systems regarding curriculum, individualization and documentation of education, disabilities and mental health to ensure Head Start Performance Standards are met.
  • Collaborates with Quality Assurance Manager to ensure that the education, disability and mental health content areas of the Work Plan and related policies and procedures are updated annually. Will work with other Early Head Start staff to ensure continuity of services in collaboration with other content areas.
  • Monitors and reviews education, disabilities and mental health services according to monitoring time frame within policies and procedures, work plan, and ChildPlus reports.
  • Sevres as main point of contact for identified partner sites. Schedules quarterly staffing meetings and completes monthly unannounced site visits to assess the safety of assigned programs’ environments.
  • Provides training and technical assistance to partners and families as needed or as trends are identified.
  • Specifically, individualization strategies for children with identified special needsto assist teacher in planning for IFSP/IEP goals.
  • Coordinates the process for disability referrals, both identified developmental concerns and diagnosed disabilities, through collaboration with partner sites, parents, and content area staff within Early Head Start.
  • Coordinates the process for mental health referrals, both identified from social emotional screening or request from staff/parents, through collaboration with partner sites, parents, and content area staff within Early Head Start.
  • Supports The Family Conservancy and partner sites with transition planning, and strategies for IFSP services in preparing for child’s next placement.
  • Attends quarterly staffing meetings at each partner program to discuss child and family needs as well as partner training and technical assistance needs.
  • Develops and maintains formal and informal relationships with community agencies that provide services to children with special needs and their families.
  • Works to ensure implementation, coordination, delivering, and/or oversight of developmentally appropriate curriculum in collaboration with the Professional Development Coordinator.
  • Monitors completion of developmental screenings, including follow-up on action plans. Sends reminders to appropriate staff for completion of screenings within 45-day requirement and follows up on a regular basis.
  • Ensures resources are available for partnership staff to conduct parent and teacher conferences, home visits, and transition plans. Assesses resources (handouts, brochures, and forms) annually and reevaluates effectiveness, if necessary.
  • Provides trainings and educational materials as outlined in performance standards as well as any topics identified by partner sites and parents to increase their knowledge base in the areas of social emotional development, mental wellness, child development, curriculum implementation, developmental red flags, interventions and strategies, and IDEA law.
    • These trainings will be provided as requested and may occur at staff meetings, parent meetings, and other meetings as appropriate.
  • Researches, develops, organizes, and implements training opportunities to promote professional development for early education personnel as required by Head Start Performance Standards and best practices.
  • Compiles and analyzes child assessment data. Uses report for program planning and evaluates progress toward completion of goals. Shares information with appropriate staff and governing bodies.
  • Immediately reports safety concerns and potential hazards identified at Early Head Start/Head Start partner sites to supervisor and Early Head Start/Head Start Leadership Team.
  • Assists with implementation of corrective action plan as needed to ensure participant safety and compliance with program standards.
  • Participates and assists in planning the annual self-assessment to evaluate program performance as it relates to meeting Head Start Performance Standards and assists in the development of program improvement plans for areas of non-compliance.
  • Attends and participates in meetings and trainings appropriate for position at Early Head Start and The Family Conservancy.
  • Complies with Head Start Performance Standards by completing and submitting monthly documentation as required in a timely manner.
  • Assists the Head Start Director in planning and achieving financial objectives for the education/disability/mental health content areas; by preparation, analysis, and initiation of corrective actions of assigned programs/services as needed.
  • Investigates all child or staff incidents/injuries and adheres to agency and Early Head Start procedures in completion of reports and notification of appropriate authorities, the Quality Assurance Manager, and the Head Start Director.
  • Effectively utilizes agency technology to accomplish tasks (Microsoft Office Suite; Google Mail, Calendar & Drive; program specific software; printers/scanners/fax/phone).
  • Carries out The Family Conservancy’s Mission: Helping children and families achieve a lifetime of success.
    Supports The Family Conservancy’s Strategic Plan and ensures accountability through successful implementation of assigned objectives where applicable.
  • As part of our Performance and Quality Improvement (PQI) process, attends assigned meetings and contributes in a meaningful way.
  • Maintains confidentiality of all agency information, consumer nonpublic personal information (NPI) and personal health information (PHI), as well as records directly or indirectly identifying any person currently or formerly receiving services from The Family Conservancy.
  • ttends diversity training yearly. Application of knowledge will demonstrate awareness of the wide spectrum of socioeconomic, ethnic, racial, and personal lifestyles/cultures found within the service populations.
  • Employees are expected to apply knowledge gained from diversity training and to act in a sensitive, nondiscriminatory, professional manner.
  • Accepts and uses supervision, direction, and consultation to maximize available resources in the completion of work duties.
  • Additional responsibilities will be assigned as needed to maintain and improve effective functioning of the department and to advance the mission of the organization.
  • All job responsibilities will be carried out under the direction of agency policies and procedures.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Family and Child Studies or closely related field required.
  • Three years’ prior relevant working experience and expertise in serving young children and their families required.
  • Written and verbal communication skills required to interact with health professionals, vendors, and agencies in a professional manner, developing rapport and enhancing business relationships required.
  • Working knowledge of community resources required.

Individual must:

  • Possess ability to work with partner staff and families in a supportive manner throughout the assessment and referral processes.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with Microsoft office applications including Word, Access, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Demonstrate ability to utilize identified databases for data entry.
  • Provide compliance monitoring in a proactive and supportive manner.
  • Possess excellent oral and written communications skills. Demonstrate teaching/training skills.
  • Develop rapport with consumers including children and their parents.
  • Collaborate with a diverse group of staff; serve as a positive role model and team player.
  • Present information to groups and individuals through verbal and written formats.
  • Speak, read, write, and hear English to communicate with community members, consumers, co-workers, and others.
  • Travel to all parts of the facility, Early Head Start and other locations and throughout the community.
  • Maintain successful clearance on Criminal, Sex Offender, Medical, and Missouri and Kansas Child/Elder Abuse/Neglect Background Screenings.
  • As a visitor in a child care setting, must maintain good physical health verified by physician and must be free from tuberculosis, as documented by TB test.
  • Possess ability to work with families in a supportive manner throughout the assessment and referral processes.
  • Ability to trouble-shoot basic problems and prepare comprehensive reports.
  • Present current information on best practices in Early Education settings to groups and individuals.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Family and Child Studies or closely related field required.
  • Prior relevant work experience with low income and diverse populations in a community or other relevant setting preferred.
  • Prior experience in Early Head Start/Head Start programs preferred.
  • Knowledge of Head Start federal guidelines preferred.
  • Bilingual fluency in written and oral English/Spanish.
  • Prior experience with the referral process for Part C/B services.
  • Prior experience with ASQ, DECA, HighScope, and COR preferred.
  • Prior experience with Child Plus database preferred.

Reporting Relationships and Principal Contacts
Reports to the Head Start Quality Assurance Manager. Principal contacts include Vice President of Programs, Early Head Start/Head Start staff, other agency staff, child care providers, Early Head Start/Head Start Centers and Family Child Care partners, children and their parents, early childhood professionals, and clientele of the project’s collaborative community agencies. Work involves extensive public contact and includes connecting children and families to community resources, acting as a liaison with local health department staff, other health and special needs professionals, community organizations, government agencies, business, and schools.

Supervisory Responsibility
None

Americans with Disability Specifications

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

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands and fingers to handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; talk and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move materials that may weigh up to 40 pounds.

Work Environment
Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • As position requires off-site work at Head Start and other child care facilities, individual must have access to transportation, valid driver’s license and adequate personal liability insurance coverage. Travel throughout the metropolitan area and counties within the service delivery area is required.
  • Employment is contingent upon successful clearance of Criminal, Kansas and Missouri Child/Elder Abuse and Neglect and Sex Offender background investigations.
  • Position involves extensive use of computer, telephone, fax and copy machines.
  • Must have manual dexterity and experience to perform handwritten paper work, recordkeeping, and filing.
  • As an employee working with child care providers, must be free from tuberculosis.
  • Some evening and weekend work may occasionally be required.

The Family Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

To Apply
Complete application and upload resume on the following site:
https://thefamilyconservancy.clearcompany.com/careers/jobs/63168c45-6e3c-a5e1-4137-f8c6195d6222/apply?source=477675-CS-15041


Job Alert: Quality Initiatives/Professional Development Program Manager, TFC

Summary of Position
Coordination and oversight of professional development events to address the community gaps in on-going learning and workforce development for early care and education (ECE) providers. This includes but is not limited to, contracted community training, fee for service training, and designated projects. Create systems to grow the capacity of training offered, plan for effective marketing, and identify tools to measure effectiveness. Collaborates interagency, with community partners, and with the early childhood professional community to gather applicable professional development resources and plan needed opportunities for ECE providers. Has strong interpersonal skills and the experience and ability to give constructive, detailed, and strength-based feedback to staff. Can manage the direct supervision of multiple staff while overseeing multiple projects at one time. Authors curriculum and helps design projects as needed to meet the needs of early care and education providers in the community. Provides a safe and healthy environment conducive to learning. Works with considerable autonomy within professional guidelines and The Family Conservancy’s policies and procedures.

Essential Job Results

  • Oversee training coordination, delivery and/or oversight of curriculum and other training as identified by the staff, specific programs designed and funded through community funding streams.
  • Provide direct supervision and support to Training Coordinator and Early Education Professional Development specialists including conducting annual performance appraisals, and assigning and monitoring caseloads.
  • Attend applicable professional development meetings interagency and in the community to collaborate and stay up to date on early childhood professional development.
  • Effectively lead team meetings to share information, coordinate work, and strategize solutions as a team.
  • Communicate regularly with staff being directly supervised by Program Manager to ask questions, give feedback on successes, discuss challenges, and create action plans.
  • Coordinate staff to ensure appropriate participation/delivery of community based, on-site and specialized training.
  • Responsible for overseeing assigned project deliverables including grant reporting.
  • Complete monthly invoicing as applicable on projects and monitor monthly finance sheets as assigned.
  • Ensure compliance with grant agreements, as they apply to professional development programs and opportunities.
  • Write contracts, invoice providers and community partners, and track data for requested on-site training.
  • Plan and oversee family child care provider focus groups to gain stakeholder input on the design of a family child care comprehensive project that will be based on the National Association for Family Child Care standards and the Business Adminstration Scale.
  • Author a family child care comprehensive project utilizing the Quality Initiatives/Professional Development department’s theory of change by October 31, 2017.
  • Communicate regularly with Director of Quality Initiatives to share status of program deliverables, evaluate program, and make recommendations for program development.
  • Work collaboratively with Director of Quality Initiatives to pull together brainstorming ideas of the Quality Initiatives/Professional Development to create annual goals for the strategic plan.
  • Assist Director of Quality Initiatives in collaboration with grant writer to compile needed information and edit proposals for grants as opportunities are available.
  • Research, develop, organize, and implement training opportunities for ECE providers.

Mission

  • Effectively utilize agency technology to accomplish tasks. (Microsoft Office Suite; Google Mail, Calendar & Drive; printers/scanners/fax/phone; program specific software including presentation programs, e-Learning, webinar software and Blackboard).
  • Carries out The Family Conservancy’s Mission: Helping children and families achieve a lifetime of success.
  • Supports The Family Conservancy’s Strategic Plan and ensures accountability through successful implementation of assigned objectives where applicable.
  • As part of our Performance and Quality Improvement (PQI) process, attends assigned meetings and contributes in a meaningful way.
  • Maintains confidentiality of all agency information, consumer nonpublic personal information (NPI) and personal health information (PHI), as well as records directly or indirectly identifying any person currently or formerly receiving services from The Family Conservancy.
  • Maintains professional standards and technical knowledge in infant and early childhood mental health and disability eductions and research through annual attendance at educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, informs staff and colleagues of the results of these activities.
  • Attends diversity training yearly. Application of knowledge will demonstrate awareness of the wide spectrum of socioeconomic, ethnic, racial and personal lifestyles/cultures found within the service populations. Employees are expected to apply knowledge gained from diversity training and to act in a sensitive, nondiscriminatory, professional manner.
  • Accepts, uses supervision, direction, consultation to maximize available resources in the completion of work duties.
  • Additional responsibilities will be assigned as needed to maintain and improve effective functioning of the department and to advance the mission of the organization.
  • All job responsibilities will be carried out under the direction of agency policies and procedures.

Required Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field required.
  • Prior experience providing training and supervision required.
  • Minimum of 5 years direct service experience in the early learning field.

Required Competencies & Abilities

  • Demonstrate good interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work as part of a team, communicate effectively both orally and in writing, teach and conduct training as needed, and receive and provide feedback
    Demonstrate proficiency with Microsoft Office applications including Word, Access, and Excel and familiarity with e-mail and internet functions.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with Google docs.
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze, problems solve and self-initiate.
  • Understand and adhere to training standards for high-quality training opportunities as established by the greater Kansas City Partners in Quality.
  • Understand best practices in adult education.
  • Understand the principles of early childhood development, developmentally appropriate practice, and how young children learn in a variety of settings.
  • Demonstrate excellent skills in organization, balancing priorities, planning and completing reports and projects.
  • Present current information on best practices in Early Education settings to groups and individuals.
  • Collaborate with a diverse group of staff; serve as a positive role model.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal communication skills with adults
  • Understand and respond to compliance and accreditation issues.
  • Possess ability to develop rapport with child care professionals, children and families from a variety of ethnic, cultural, geographic and economic backgrounds.
  • Lead and collaborate with a diverse group of staff; serve as a positive role model.
  • Demonstrate excellent skills in organization, balancing priorities, planning and completing reports and projects.
  • Maintain successful clearance on Criminal, Sex Offender, Medical, and Missouri and Kansas Child Abuse/Neglect Background Screenings.
  • As a visitor in child care settings, must maintain good physical health verified by physician, and must be free from tuberculosis.

Required Language Skills
Speak, read, write and understand English to communicate with community members, clients, co-workers, and others.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related field preferred.
Bilingual fluency in written and oral English/Spanish preferred.

Reporting Relationships and Principal Contacts
Reports to the Director of Quality Initiatives. Other principal contacts include the Vice President of Programs, other The Family Conservancy’s staff, early childhood professionals, parents, and children, and clientele of the Project’s collaborative community agencies.

Supervisory Responsibility
Supervises Early Education Professional Development specialists and the Training Coordinator positions.

Americans with Disability Specifications

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

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands and fingers to handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; talk and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move materials that may weigh up to 40 pounds.

Work Environment
Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Position requires off-site work; individual must have access to transportation. Travel throughout the facility, metropolitan area and counties within the service delivery area is required.
  • Employment is contingent upon successful clearance of Criminal, Kansas & Missouri Child/Elder Abuse and Neglect, and Sex Offender background investigations.
  • Occasional weekend and/or evening work may be necessary.
  • Use of hand and fingers involved in work which is performed through the extensive use of computer systems, email, phone and fax machines, and typewriters.
  • Must have manual dexterity and experience to perform handwritten paperwork, record keeping, and filing.
  • Employee is required to sit for extended periods with prolonged exposure to computer monitors.
  • Must operate various input/output devices including keyboard and computer “mouse”.
  • A cubicle within a larger work area may define workspace.
  • As an employee working with child care providers, must be free from tuberculosis.

The Family Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

To Apply
Complete application and upload resume to the following site:
https://thefamilyconservancy.clearcompany.com/careers/jobs/5d4bd5af-acc7-2a5c-a1bd-fd82039af048/apply?source=479651-CS-15041


Contact Security and Cleaning Ambassadors

Downtown Improvement District LogoSecurity and Cleaning Ambassadors are available Monday through Saturday from 7:30AM to 5:30PM. To request assistance, please contact security personnel by phone at (913) 387.6331. For emergencies, dial 911.

Community input and questions are always welcome. To contact DTSKCK about the SSMID/DID program, or other matters pertaining to Downtown, please visit our contact page.

The SSMID expires in 2016, and renewal plans are underway.


BPU Board Approves 2017 Budget

The Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) Board of Directors approved its 2017 Annual Budget for the municipal electric and water utility at its December 21, 2016, Board meeting. The budget was adopted following a series of public budget hearings during the month of December. The 2017 budget totaling $382 million is approximately $113 million less than the 2016 budget of $495 million. The decreased budget is mainly the result of lower capital expenditures related to environmental projects addressing state and federal environmental mandates and maintaining existing staffing levels.

  • BPU priorities for 2017 include developing and maintaining a stable financial position while utilizing industry best practices.
    • This includes completion of a rate hearing process by March 1, 2017; continue to meet cash on hand requirements as outlined by financial policies; maintain credit ratings and ensure adequate reserves.
  • Focusing on needs of customers through enhancing communications and improving business practices; including a biennial customer satisfaction survey; on-going social media and online outreach efforts; working to ensure customer service call counts and completion rates are above industry standards and decreasing lobby wait times, among other things.
  • Promoting energy and water efficiency through programs and customer education; including coordination of efficiency workshops in the community, and the identification and development of new efficiency programs such as Community Solar.
  • Providing cost effective; safe and reliable utility services which include monitoring and assessing important environmental regulations; looking to future generation needs; mitigating risks of outages due to aging infrastructure, and meeting or exceeding industry averages in system reliability and energy loss percentages.
  • Providing good quality water, available upon demand in an efficient manner to the entire community. Meeting or exceeding state and federal water quality standards, while maintaining an award-winning water system. Trending down main breaks and reducing main leak response times.

BPU continues working to improve internal efficiencies and reduce costs; assist and support community partners and governmental units and meet and prepare for future customer growth while maintaining world-class customer service.


WyCo Legislative Delegation Forum

The Wyandotte County Legislative Delegation will host a community forum January 5, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM at the KCK West Branch Library, 1737 North 82nd Street.

The community forum is an opportunity for citizens and organizations to share concerns and suggestions about the upcoming 2017 session of the Kansas Legislature.

Each person will have three minutes to present their comments.


Safe Routes to School in WyCo Shows Growth

Safe Routes to SchoolThe Safe Routes to School program had a great year in 2016! Safe Routes to School in Wyandotte County is a collaborative partnership between the Unified Government Public Works and Health Departments, Healthy Communities Wyandotte, BikeWalkKC, Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools, and Turner School District.

Our Mission is to encourage more students to walk and bike to school. We hope to increase the practice of walking and bicycling to school by creating safer routes to schools within Wyandotte County and using available funding to help improve the infrastructure (like sidewalks) around school neighborhoods.

Our Vision is a Wyandotte County where kids outlive their parents, where childhood disease due to inactivity is reduced, and where neighborhoods are engaged in creating a safe, healthy and active environment.

Our Goal is to partner with each school in the USD 500 and 202 school districts to organize a weekly or daily walking school bus program. This will encourage walking and biking as a means of transportation to and from school and ultimately create a healthier generation of youth.

We are proud of what we’ve done the past year! In 2016, the Safe Routes Program:

  • Met with and garnered the support of USD 500 and USD 202 district administrations
  • Set record high participation for International Walk to School Day on October 5th, 2016
    • Seven schools: Grant, Francis Willard, Frank Rushton, Hazel Grove, W.A. White, Welborn
    • Over 500 students from Wyandotte County celebrated
  • Engaged six new schools in the program: Stony Point North, Caruthers, New Chelsea, Welborn, Northwest Middle and Parker
  • Helped six schools set up or maintain walking programs: Douglass, Frank Rushton, Hazel Grove, Welborn, Midland Trail, and Grant
  • Officially partnered as an initiative with Healthy Communities Wyandotte to further leverage resources and expand programming
  • Built sidewalks at Hazel Grove, Frank Rushton, and Midland Trail
  • Saw over 500 students walking to school through traffic observations and walking programs

As we look forward to 2017, we hope to:

  • Maintain Walking School Bus programs at current schools
  • Expand programming and safety education to new schools
  • Continue leveraging community partnerships and support
  • Build and improve infrastructure at school sites

Curious about becoming involved? For more information about the Safe Routes to School program, please contact Maggie Priesmeyer, Program Coordinator, by email or phone at (816) 205-7056 ext. 7


Youth Council Member, Resist Tobacco State Youth Council

The Resist State Youth Council will be the guiding body for the Resist movement. The council will be comprised of 10-15 youth, grades 8-12, with regional representation throughout the entire state.

Council members will plan, implement and participate in statewide advocacy events, activities and marketing strategies for Resist. They will play an important role in their community and at the state level. They will engage in local activism, serve as youth leaders, educate their peers on tobacco issues and empower others to start taking action! The Council’s mission is to inspire, lead and unite communities across Kansas to fight against Big Tobacco.

Apply to be a Youth Council Member. Deadline to apply 12/21/2016. See application for details.

*Please note that Resist is not against the tobacco user, but rather the tobacco industry. An individual who is using tobacco may apply, but he or she must be enrolled in an active cessation program and will be required to sign a pledge to follow through with the cessation program.*


Newsletter Feature from Chuck – December 19, 2016

Good day to you. The events in Downtown Kansas City, KS on Friday, December 16, 2016, remind us to appreciate and celebrate our first responders. Their willingness to face real danger, putting aside their fear, is indeed remarkable. Add to that the ability to take time hoping for a peaceful resolution speaks volumes about the training, philosophy, and professionalism of all involved.

Many thanks to the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department, the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Department, and the Kansas City, Kansas Fire Department for showing such patience and regard for others at such a time. You are three wonderful reasons why Wyandotte County is a great place to live and do business.

DTSKCK is grateful too for progress made in 2016 toward a cleaner, safer, more robust Downtown. We work alongside partners such as Local Initiative Support Corporation, KC, MO, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County, the Board of Public Utilities, area businesses and organizations, surrounding neighborhoods, and others. It is the strength of these relationships and the commitment to succeed that allow progress. None of us work in a vacuum or alone; we build on each other’s successes. Only by acknowledging the work of, and the need for, each other can we be the inclusive, embracing, and successful community that is desired.

The holidays remind us to hope and dream, to “fear not.” That is the message we need to embody. That is what we witnessed in our community last Friday. That spirit will allow us to continue to succeed and celebrate in 2017. Let us celebrate each other and the work. Let us celebrate this season and the hopes of a new year. Together, let us celebrate and fear not.

Chuck Schlittler, Director
Downtown Shareholders, KCK
Cell/Text: (913) 620-7480
726 Armstrong, Ste 201
KC,KS, 66101
Office: (913) 371-0705
www.DowntownKCK.org


A Message from Commissioner McKiernan

From Commissioner Brian McKiernan, District 2:

The results of our recently completed UG Citizen Survey indicated that our citizens really want more and better communication with the Unified Government. While I believe the biggest part of that desire is for better one-on-one communication with UG staff and departments, I think that I can do my part to help by more routinely posting information about the UG and our area on my Facebook page and blog.

I posted the second of several blog entries with results from the citizen survey and suggested that we declare “The Year of BIC” (Blight reduction / Infrastructure improvement / Communication) in 2017.

I’ve included the links to my Facebook page, blog, and Twitter feed below.

Have a great week!

 

Brian