Newsletter Feature from Chuck – May 31, 2017

Newsletter Feature for May 31, 2017Good day. Downtown Shareholders, Kansas City, Kansas hopes the Memorial Day weekend was meaningful for you and yours.
I will be brief this time as opportunities abound the next few weeks. Of particular note:

Community Health Listening Sessions want to hear, literally, from you. See our Community Calendar for days, times, and locations. The Latino Art Festival and Parade is this Saturday, June 3, in Downtown Kansas City Kansas. The parade begins at noon featuring some 40 lowrider vehicles. The Festival begins around 1 pm in the 700 block of Minnesota Avenue. Food, lowriders, art, and great information will be available. As of now, the festival will occur rain or shine. A hopping contest is scheduled, barring rain, around 5:30 PM.

Amazon hiring fairs are officially scheduled! See our Community Calendar for days, times, and locations.

Summer is here with lots to do as health matters, a festival, and jobs provide a wide array of opportunities. You need to be here. This is the place to be. Come, take a new look, and experience the energy and hope in our county and Downtown. Come to Downtown KCK. Come see why we are proud to declare it is everyone’s Downtown.

 

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


Protect Your Business from Cyber Security Threats

The U.S. Small Business Administration announces its partnership with Synergy Solutions to launch a free, new comprehensive series of web-based cyber security training containing up to 10 modules to educate 7(j) eligible small businesses about cyber security and steps they can take to protect their company’s assets and intellectual property. While the classes are free, they are first come, first serve and will accommodate no more than 50 participants at a time. To register, visit: https://synergysolutions.talentlms.com.  The following individuals and businesses are automatically eligible to receive 7(j) training:

  • Small businesses that are owned and controlled by economically and socially disadvantaged individuals;
  • Small businesses located in areas of high unemployment or low income;
  • Small businesses owned by low-income individuals; and
  • Certified 8(a) participants or HUBZone small businesses; or economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses.

Topics covered through this training initiative include but are not limited to:

  • malware, privacy;
  • secure passwords;
  • data breaches;
  • safe computing;
  • online scams;
  • mobile protection;
  • phishing;
  • government generated frameworks (NIST); and
  • cybersecurity pertaining to federal contractors.

The entry level training classes cover basic cybersecurity awareness and current cyber risks to federal contractors and small businesses. The intermediate level training classes include more advanced federal cybersecurity and information assurance requirements and policy compliance and assessment areas. This training initiative also offers an assessment tool for use by all eligible participants that they can use to assess their company’s cybersecurity maturity.


A Biochemical Approach to Addiction: Nutritional Support for the Addicted Brain, MHAH

Overview:
If, as science has shown, addiction is a disease of the brain, how do we heal the brain? What’s broken? Is it genetic? Can it be fixed? Can a biochemical approach be the ‘third leg of the stool’ for successful recovery?

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the Pro Recovery Diet and how it supports optimum brain functioning.
  • Recognize Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS) and what nutrients compensate for the RDS brain.
  • Define what is hypoglycemia and the role it plays in alcoholism, anger, anxiety, and relapse.
  • Describe the role of amino acid therapy in decreasing relapse and cravings.

Featured Speaker: Debra Filla, BA, MBA, is Builder, and Owner of Inside Out, a business focused on “building health from the inside out” since 1998. Debra is a Certified Addiction Recovery & Mental Health Nutrition Coach: Level I & II. Retired from a 30-year career with IBM and past VP of the KC Celiac Sprue Association, she is currently serving her 13th year as Councilmember in the City of Leawood. Debra has a fascination with the incredible mystery of how the body works and, more importantly, how it heals. When her youngest daughter acquired Alopecia she began in earnest to investigate the ‘Mystery of the Missing Hair,’ and more importantly, what causes a healthy immune system to ‘kick the bucket’. When she and her family all tested positive for gluten sensitivity, she researched the role gluten plays in celiac and other diseases. A continual life learner, Debra has extended her real world learning to explore the connection between the gut, aka our “second brain,” the biochemistry of addiction, and the impact of nutrition on mental health in order to understand the generational history of alcoholism.

Who Should Attend: This workshop will be of benefit to the community, healthcare and mental health professionals.

Continuing Education: Certificate of Attendance (1.5 CEU’s).

Location: Old Mission United Methodist Church, (Hanson Hall), 5519 State Park Rd., Fairway, KS (The church is located at the intersection of Shawnee Mission Parkway and Mission Road on the eastside).

Registration: Workshop is $10.00.

Pre-register only. Contact Stacy Davis to obtain a registration form or visit www.mhah.org. If you have any questions and/or need translation or other accommodation, please contact Stacy Davis at by email or (913) 281-2221 ext. 112 at least 5 days prior to the workshop. Registration deadline is June 22, 2017. View this event on our Community Calendar for location information.

Sponsored by: Mental Health America of the Heartland.


HNMA Learn to Earn Program Now Accepting Applications for 2017

The Learn to Earn Program (LTE), administered by the Historic Northeast-Midtown Association, Inc., provides a means for young people in the northeast and east-midtown areas of Kansas City, Kansas, ages 10 to 16, to receive workforce development training and career preparation. Participants gain “real-world” workplace experience thru placement at various businesses in Kansas City. At the conclusion of the program, participants receive a modest stipend for their time. LTE operates half-days, Mondays thru Fridays, from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM, for eight weeks, Monday, June 12, 2017 through Friday, August 4, 2017. Orientation will occur June 5th – June 6th, 2017. Applicants must live within the following boundaries: the River on the North and East, Nebraska Avenue on the South to 18th Street, then Minnesota Avenue to I-635 on the West.

Click Here to fill out the application online. Click Here to download a hard copy of the application:


Effective Approaches to Couples Counseling

Overview:
This workshop will review the core foundational precepts of three of the most effective approaches to couples counseling: the Gottman Method, Emotionally Focused Therapy and Imago Therapy. Participants will learn the philosophical underpinnings of Imago Therapy, as well as be exposed to the approach of Imago Therapist, which includes “The Imago Dialogue Process”.

After attending this workshop, the participant will be able to:

  • Differentiate theoretical foundation and core precepts of Gottman Method, Emotionally Focused Therapy and Imago Therapy.
  • Identify Imago Therapist’s understanding of why couples fight and their approach to solving the problem.
  • Recognize the tools and methods of Imago therapist in helping couples create a relaxed and joyful connection with each other, and also utilize their relationship for a catalyst for personal growth and healing.

Who Should Attend: This professional continuing education workshop is designed for social workers, psychologists, therapists, counselors and other mental health professionals, and healthcare workers.

Continuing Education: Certificate of Attendance (3.0 CEU’s).

Featured Speaker: Laura Aube, LPC, ATR-BC, Certified Imago Therapist is the owner of the Center for Creative Growth and Healing in Raymore, Missouri. Laura received her Masters Degree in Art Therapy in 1993 from Emporia State University. Her experience includes providing group, individual, and family therapy to adolescents in residential treatment, providing in-home therapy to children and families through hospice, and working with individuals, couples, and families in private practice. In 2007 she began to review theories to help couples, because she recognized the functioning of adult relationships is key to helping families and children. In 2012 she completed the Imago Certification Program through Imago Relationships International. She now serves couples and families through her private practice at the Center for Creative Growth and Healing.
Location: Children’s Campus of Kansas City, 444 Minnesota Ave Kansas City, KS 66101

Registration: Workshop is $40.00.

Pre-register only. Contact Stacy Davis to obtain registration form or visit www.mhah.org. If you have any questions and/or need translation or other accommodation, please contact Stacy Davis at by email or (913) 281-2221 ext. 112 at least 5 days prior to the workshop. Registration deadline is June 18, 2017.

Sponsored by: Mental Health America of the Heartland.


BPU Offices Closed for Memorial Day

The administrative offices and customer service lobby of the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) will be closed on Monday, May 29th in observance of Memorial Day.

Although BPU’s business offices are closed on holidays, emergency service is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day. For power emergencies, customers should call (913)-573-9522. The water emergency number is (913)-573-9622.

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.


Newsletter Feature from Chuck – May 16, 2017

Dotte Agency Storage Container Build ExamplesGood day. I will be brief in this issue, asking you to access our calendar for events and the link to the Wall Street Journal article on storage containers being repurposed.

DTSKCK invites you to join us and others June 3 for the Latino Art Festival and parade. The parade, from 4th to 12th on Minnesota Avenue, begins at noon featuring an honor guard, band, and 40 lowrider vehicles. The Festival begins at 1 PM and ends at 6:30. It will occur in the 700 block of Minnesota Ave.

During the festival, Latino art will be shown at the KCK Chamber as lowrider vehicles, a hopping contest, our own KCK Fire Department, a bounce house, and vendors are available in the 700 block of Minnesota. There is no charge to attend. More information in this space and via social media as the event approaches.

Please also join us on May 19 for a presentation by the Kansas City Kansas Police Department about Surviving and Active Shooter Incident in the workplace. To learn more about this, click here.

DTSKCK is very proud to announce an award from Local Initiative Support Corporation, KC MO, or LISC. An award of over $60K will allow DTSKCK to have a permanent location for Pop-Up business efforts. Pop-Ups allow an entrepreneur to test the viability of a product, service, and location. Plans are underway to design, place, and program a facility using metal containers. Please see the following Wall Street Journal link to see examples of how such containers are magically transformed into all kinds of projects.

Festivals bring folks to Downtown. Pop-Ups bring potential businesses to Downtown, bringing people to Downtown. Yes, you guessed it: DTSKCK is all about bringing more businesses and more people to Downtown. Come be with us. Come be part of the great work being done by lots of people. Come see why we say Downtown KCK is everyone’s Downtown.

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


BPU Issues Warning About New Scam Targeting Small Businesses

The Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) wants to warn customers and business owners that a new utility scam is targeting the Kansas City metro area.

With the most recent scam, callers are targeting small businesses using software that fraudulently mimics a utility company’s phone number that appears on the Caller ID. The caller warns that services will be disconnected if the customer fails to make an immediate payment.  If the customer is unable to make a payment, the caller provides a phone number for customers to call where the payment can be made. This phone number is in no way associated with BPU and indeed a scam.

“We’ve been notified by customers who have been targeted with this strategy; in fact even small businesses in KCMO have received such calls by these scammers using this software making it look like the call is coming from BPU. We don’t serve customers in KCMO” stated David Mehlhaff, BPU Chief Communications Officer.

Mehlhaff added that customers who suspect they are being scammed should never provide any personal or banking information. They should hang up and contact the BPU Customer Service Department directly at (913) 573-9190.

BPU said electric customers have been targeted by scammers using a variety of such scam attempts for a number of years in several states besides Kansas, including Nebraska; Alabama; Arkansas; Connecticut; the District of Columbia; Florida; Louisiana; Maryland; Massachusetts; Mississippi; Missouri; New Jersey; New York; Oklahoma; Texas; Wisconsin; and New Mexico.  BPU offers these tips to customers on protecting themselves if they are unsure about the identity of a call, email or visit from a utility representative:

  • Never give credit or debit card, Social Security, ATM, checking or savings account numbers to anyone who comes to your home, calls, texts and/or sends an email requesting this information in respect to your utility bill, without verifying that is an authentic BPU call by either asking to see company identification or by calling BPU’s Customer Service Department.
  • Be suspicious if you receive an email regarding your utility bill if you have not requested online communications from BPU.
  • Never provide personal information via email or click any suspicious links or attachments.

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.


Getting Closer to Bringing a Grocery Store and Community Center to KCK

Transformation is coming to Downtown Kansas City, Kansas! Four years ago, Mayor Mark Holland launched a campaign to bring a grocery store and community center to our urban core. Today, his vision for a “Healthy Campus” is closer to reality.

“Our residents in northeast KCK are closer to getting several amenities they can be proud of, says Holland. “A full-service grocery store, a state-of-the-art community center, and, possibly, an innovative mixed-income housing development.”

Here’s where the project stands:

Fundraising has secured commitments for $12 million of the $16 million needed for the community center, which will be operated by the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. The UG is also on a path to apply for tax credits that would fund a significant portion of the gap. The facility will be located next to the grocery store downtown.

The Unified Government is currently in conversations with two operators of quality, full-service grocery stores.

“I am confident that we will have an announcement this summer of who the operator will be. To date, 6 urban grocery stores have been built in the last 8 years, and it is time to build one downtown,” Holland says.

Earlier this year, Prairie Fire Development brought to the Unified Government a proposal to build a 92-unit, mixed-income apartment project that would be flanked by an urban agriculture center. The complex would be located at 8th St. and Washington Blvd., near the Healthy Campus. Although many steps remain before this is a done deal, Holland says he is encouraged that developers are interested in building new housing downtown.

Holland went on to say:

“I am convening an “access team” to discuss strategies for making sure all of our residents, no matter their income level, can use the community center. When I challenged my office and Unified Government staff to join me on this vision of revitalizing downtown, none of us realized the amount of work and patience that would be required to get us to this point. But with their help, we are now on the cusp of a transformative project that will make our residents proud. I want to thank all those who have contributed their time and talents to this effort.”

There have been several donors that have pledged $500,000 or more to this project: Wyandotte Health Foundation, Hall Family Foundation, Illig Family Foundation, Sunderland Foundation, Capitol Federal Foundation, William T. Kemper Foundation, and the Unified Government. Without their support the Healthy Campus would remain just a vision.

To learn more about the Healthy Campus, check out its new website. You can also watch a presentation on the Healthy Campus during the Commission meeting n Thursday, April 27th.


KCK Mayor Holland Provides Update on Healthy Campus

Unified Government Mayor Mark Holland said this week that fundraising for the Community Center, a critical anchor to realize his vision for a “Healthy Campus,” is going strong.

Mayor Holland said that donors have pledged $12 million of the $16 million needed for the facility, which will be operated by the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. To fill a significant part of that gap, developers plan to apply for new market tax credits. “Transformation is coming to downtown KCK!” he said in an email to constituents. “Four years ago, I launched a campaign to bring a grocery store and community center to our urban core. Today, my vision for a ‘Healthy Campus’ is closer to reality.”

In addition to the fundraising news, Mayor Holland also said that the UG is in serious conversations with two operators of full-service grocery stores. He expects to have an announcement about an operator sometime during the summer.

Whoever operates the grocery store, he said, will be giving residents in northeast KCK a full-service store that they can be proud of–one that offers fresh fruits and vegetables and a variety of other foods.

For updates about the Healthy Campus, please visit the KCK Healthy Campus website.