From everyone at DTSKCK, we hope your summer is off to a fantastic start. From time to time, I like to steal the microphone away from Chuck and provide an update on the great things happening in #OurKCK. Chuck’s regular feature will return on July 11. In the meantime, I’ll draw your attention to some upcoming fun; small business grants; and the new DID Banners going up Downtown.
June has been an especially exciting month. The first Annual Latino Arts Festival & Parade was an overwhelming success, and we owe much of that to the community. More than 1,200 people from around the Metro braved the heat to view the work of local artists, check out some awesome lowriders, and enjoy some delicious #StreetEats. If you haven’t yet seen the photos from this event, head over to our Facebook page and quit missing out.
Fortunately, the fun didn’t end after June 3. Our next Quarterly Meeting is this Thursday at Bank of Labor from 5:00 – 6:30 PM. Our quarterly events are free and open to the public. Stop by to get an update on Downtown from Chuck and listen to a presentation by Deputy Chief Mike York about the KCKPD‘s Data Driven Approach to Crime and Traffic Safety (it’s much easier to say if you call it “DDACTS”). Our thanks to BOL for providing the space, refreshments, and a light meal. Space is limited, so remember to RSVP.
On that note, you’ll be happy to learn our next Food Truck Friday is July 14. This time, we’ve teamed up with the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library, the Mobile Library, and Polar Oasis to program what is perhaps the finest food truck event in the history of food truck events. We understand inviting Polar Oasis raises the question: Can I have ice cream for lunch? The answer is yes – of course, you can! Join us at 625 Minnesota between the Library and beautiful Huron Park from 11:30 – 1:00 PM to do just that. Oh, don’t forget to invite your friends.
Speaking of partnerships, DTSKCK remains committed to providing small business owners in Downtown with assistance in a variety of areas. Our research indicates #SmallBiz and entrepreneurs need help with “gap-filling,” and that’s what our grant program is designed to accommodate. We’re also using a recently awarded grant from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation of Greater Kansas City to create a permanent location for Pop-Up business efforts using recycled shipping containers. Check out this Wall Street Journal article to see this idea at work in other communities.
Our small business, entrepreneurs, and non-profits are a big part of what makes Downtown KCK a great place to be. The new Downtown Improvement District banners hitting light poles over the past few weeks are our way of highlighting some of the fantastic people in our community. We offer our sincere thanks to the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities for helping us get these banners on poles, and we offer our sincere thanks to each of the people pictured. Your commitment to KCK is one of our greatest strengths. Learn more about the banners here.
Whew – there’s more, but let’s leave at that for now. As always, we welcome you to come be a part of everyone’s Downtown.
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Kansas City, KS 66101-2710
Office: (913) 371-0705