Newsletter Feature from Dave – June 27, 2017

Hello friends,

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.




Dave Reno
Outreach Communications Consultant | Downtown Shareholders of Kansas City, Kansas
726 Armstrong Avenue, Suite 201
Kansas City, KS 66101-2710
Office: (913) 371-0705

UG Launching Amazon Link Transit Service

With the opening of the Amazon Fulfillment Center later this summer, Unified Government Transit is launching new bus service to help residents get to work there. Amazon is hiring more than 1,000 employees to open the 2.3-million square foot facility near I-70 and the Turner Diagonal. Many of those workers will be Wyandotte County residents. The shuttle style service will run on weekdays and weekends from the 10th and Main Transit Center in KCMO and from the 47th Street Transit Center near the former Indian Springs site. The shuttles will make five morning trips and six afternoon/evening trips during weekdays and three morning and three afternoon/evening trips on weekends. The weekday service will run every 30 minutes and the weekend service will run every hour.

This specialized shuttle service is centered around the times Amazon workers will need to report to work and when they get off work.

Look for more details closer to the opening of the Amazon Fulfillment Center.

Not able to make any of the recent Amazon hiring fairs? That’s okay. Text SIGNUP to 77088 or go to to sign up to their talent community and be the first to know when you can apply.

Full-Time Warehouse Associate Position Requirements:

  • 18+ years of age
  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Able to read and take direction in English
  • Able to lift up to 49 pounds with or without reasonable accommodation, stand/walk for up to 10/12 hours and be able to frequently push, pull, squat, bend and reach
  • Willing to work overtime and flexible schedule

Job Alert: Urban Initiative Manager, Girl Scouts of NE KS & NW MO

Girl Scouts is the largest organization for girls in the world. Their mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Through activities in science and technology, business and economic literacy, and outdoor and environmental awareness, Girl Scouting provides girls with opportunities for fun and friendship, while fostering development of leadership skills and self-esteem.

Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri supports 23,000 girl members and 9,000 adult volunteers in its 47 county jurisdiction surrounding the Greater Kansas City, St. Joseph and Topeka areas. This well-established organization is currently seeking an Urban Initiative Manager to further the mission, goals and strategic priorities of the Council within the urban areas of Kansas City, MO and Kansas City, KS.


Reporting to the Regional Director, this role is responsible for developing and executing effective recruiting strategies to increase girl and adult membership in assigned, established urban areas. This includes securing girl and adult volunteer participation and community partnerships in order to achieve Council goals and implement Girl Scouting.

  • Develop a membership marketing action plan and budget; identify marketing needs and collaborate with other departments to meet objectives; research and analyze demographic and membership data to prioritize areas for targeted recruitment efforts.
  • Cultivate and build relationships with urban community leaders and organizations to market Girl Scouting and develop delivery systems that address the needs of girls and urban communities.
  • Present Girl Scout program opportunities to potential new girl members and volunteers by meeting with parents and other urban community participants to organize troops, invite girls and groups in a variety of pathways to become members.
  • Recruit, select, appoint, and supervise volunteer recruitment managers; establish membership goals and develop an annual action plan; interpret policies/procedures and monitor compliance.
  • Build relationships with agencies, institutions, businesses and organizations that support urban communities to develop joint programming and collaborative efforts to further membership opportunities for girl scouts; represent Girl Scouting to internal and external audiences.


  • Two to four years of experience in sales and marketing, strategic planning and budget development with the ability to research and conduct presentation.
  • Proven success engaging and building relationships with organizations and individuals within urban communities is strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience in volunteer recruitment, management, training and supervision.
  • Ability to prioritize, organize and meet critical deadlines with minimal direction.
  • Proficient in MS Office (Word and Excel), CRM systems and social networks.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field.
  • Employment is dependent upon the results of a criminal background investigation.
  • Valid Driver’s License with an acceptable driving record.
  • Bilingual – knowledge of other languages, cultures (desirable but not required).
  • Work hours are flexible including week days, evenings and weekends.

To apply or share the position, visit OMNI Human Resource Management.

Free Medications Available to Help Wyandotte County Residents Quit Smoking

Wyandotte County residents who use tobacco products will be eligible for free medications to help them quit. The free medications will be available from May 31 to June 30 while supplies last.

Free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) will be available to the county’s residents who call the Kansas Tobacco Quitline, 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669). To receive the medications, callers must enroll in the Quitline program with a trained coach and must be medically eligible to receive the free medication. The medications include nicotine lozenges, gum, and patches.

Smoking is still the leading cause of preventable death and disease in Kansas. But it is an even greater health threat in Wyandotte County, where the smoking rate is higher than national and state averages. Nearly 24% of the county’s adults smoke, compared to a state average of just under 18%. These smokers, and the non-smoking loved ones who live with them, are at greater risk of heart disease, asthma, cancer, stroke, and other diseases.

“We recognize that quitting is hard,” said Rebecca Garza, the Tobacco Free Wyandotte Coordinator for Healthy Communities Wyandotte. “But we also know that quitting is possible. There are proven treatments and services available that can help people who use tobacco products quit for good.”

More than half of Wyandotte County adults who smoke tried to quit at least once in the last year. Garza said that smokers are more likely to have success quitting if they combine the use of medications with counseling available through services like the Quitline. “Using these together is more effective than using either one alone,” Garza said. “The medications are especially effective at reducing the urge to smoke and other withdrawal symptoms experienced while trying to quit.”

Research shows that quitting can result in many health benefits. Stopping smoking:

  • Reduces your heart disease risk almost immediately
  • Lowers your risk for lung cancer, and other types of cancer
  • Reduces respiratory symptoms, such as wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath
  • Reduces risk infertility in women of childbearing age, and reduces the risk of low birthweight babies for women who stop smoking during pregnancyThe Kansas Department of Health and Environment, which operates the Kansas Quitline (1-800-784-8669), is providing the free medication to Wyandotte County residents while supplies last.

The Developmental Impact and Long-term Effects of Shame

Overview: The consequences of shame can be devastating and may lead to long-term risk-taking behaviors and suicidality. Chronic self-worth issues and relationship problems all reflect attachment challenges experienced by individuals responding to shame. In addition, the compounding effects of shame have the potential to lead to co-morbid disorders and maladaptive coping skills resulting in chronic physical and mental health problems. Clinicians have the unique privilege of helping individuals in therapy mitigate these harmful effects and reduce the negative impact of shame.

In this three-hour continuing education workshop, Dr. Peterson will describe how shame is a set of unattainable expectations that develop from notions of “normalcy” and can prevent individuals from understanding there are many ways of being. He will demonstrate how assessment instruments–including the “Trauma Related Shame Inventory,” “The Trauma Appraisal Questionnaire,” and “Test of Self-Conscious Affect”–reveal the connection between external events and internal shame.

Dr. Peterson will explain the dynamics of shame within a variety of client populations, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ). Participants will learn to identify those at greater risk and the importance of understanding how individuals attempt to reduce shame through both adaptive and maladaptive responses. Dr. Peterson will explore the Compass of Shame and multiple shame cycles that illustrate shame’s connection to trauma, judgment, guilt and self-worth. By utilizing best practices such as the use of trauma-acceptance needed to lessen the impact of shame.

This introductory workshop is designed to help clinicians:

  • Summarize the types of losses associated with shame.
  • Discuss assessment tools and evaluation techniques.
  • Explain the Compass of Shame and cycles of shame.
  • Apply an understanding of the connection between trauma and shame.
  • Describe the connection between judgment, self-worth, and shame.
  • List at least three best practices for addressing shame in therapy.

Featured Speaker: Jeff Peterson, PhD, LCPC, LPC, NCC is a counselor, educator and psychology faculty member at Avila University. He serves on the editorial review board for the American Counseling Association and is also the co-founder and organizer of the the Healthcare Guild ( The Healthcare Guild is a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping sexual and gender minorities find affirming and culturally competent health care. Jeff is a graduate of the University of Iowa & Walden University with a PhD in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Education and Supervision. He is currently in private practice with Kansas City Psychotherapy, focusing on managing stress, couples therapy, anxiety and depression, dealing with shame and addiction, and sexual or gender identity issues. He is also a behavioral health assessment clinician for Saint Luke’s Hospital and a CARF (Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) IOP (Intensive Outpatient) Dual-Diagnosis program facilitator.

Who Should Attend: This professional continuing education workshop is designed for social workers, psychologists, therapists, professional counselors, masters prepared psychologists, marriage and family therapists and addiction counselors.

Continuing Education: Mental Health America of the Heartland is a pre-approved provider for social workers through the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (BSRB) Provider Number 17-007. This continuing education provider is approved for 3.0 hours for social workers and accepted for psychologists, professional counselors, masters prepared psychologists, marriage and family therapists and addiction counselors. For licensed professionals, please bring license # to the workshop to receive your CEU Certificate of Attendance.

Location: Children’s Campus of Kansas City, 444 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, KS 66101.

Registration: Workshop is $40.00.
Pre-register only. Please obtain registration form by clicking onto registration form or visit
“Events” at or contact Stacy Davis. Please send registration form with payment (either check or VISA) to Mental Health America of the Heartland, 739 Minnesota Ave., KCKS 66101 or fax: 913-281-3977 or email. If you have any questions and/or need translation or other accommodation, contact Stacy Davis at (913) 281-2221, ext. 112. Registration deadline is July 7, 2017.

Sponsored by: Mental Health America of the Heartland.

Newsletter Feature from Chuck – June 13, 2017

LISC Roberts Aid Josh, YurekGood day. Welcome to this June edition of our newsletter. This time we share with you a visit by a senator’s aid, the Latino Art Festival, and banners by the Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District (SSMID), and the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Public Utilities.

Josh Yurek, of Senator Pat Roberts’ office, recently toured Downtown KCK. The tour started at the KC Cupcake Company and was organized by Local Initiative Support Corporation of Greater Kansas City (LISC). Pictured, from left to right, are Stephen Samuels, LISC Executive Director; Greg Gant, KC Cupcake Company owner; Josh Yurek of Roberts’ office; Ina Anderson, LISC Senior Program Officer. We appreciate DTSKCK and Downtown being involved in the tour and the KC Cupcake Company making an after-hours effort to be open. Thanks, Stephen and Ina.

If you missed the June 3 Latino Art Festival and Parade, you missed a great opportunity to know more about and better appreciate Latino culture. Since a picture is worth 1,000 words, I will simply say approximately 1200 people attended this first-time event. Organizers included DTSKCK, El Centro, Hallmark Inc., Bank of Labor, and the KCK Chamber. Enjoy the pictures found at this link.

KCK Board of Public UtilitiesAnd many, many thanks to the BPU for the removal of old, and placement of new, Downtown banners. Pictured is Eric Smith of BPU who has been very gracious and accommodating in working with me on the banner project. Thanks to Don Gray, Eric, BPU, and the SSMID Advisory Board for making this project possible.

Summer is off to a wonderful start with Downtown welcoming a festival, new banners, new faces, and new businesses. Come see what’s happening in Downtown KCK. Come be part of the energy and renewal. Come see why our Downtown 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

World-Class, 52-acre Soccer Fields Unveiled in Kansas City

Sproting KC Athletic FieldsSporting Club and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas unveiled the Wyandotte Sporting Fields during a commemorative ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 1, 2017. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback joined Kansas City, Kansas Mayor Mark Holland, Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman, Unified Government representatives and more than 150 youth soccer players from Metro United Soccer Club to formally inaugurate the world-class facility.

“Sporting KC continues to set the standard for excellence in Kansas City, Kansas and the metro area,” Holland said. “Whether it is their soccer stadium, the National Training and Coaching Development Center, youth fields or futsal courts, Sporting KC is on the cutting edge. The Unified Government is proud to partner with them on the opening of these soccer fields.”

“We are delighted to unveil the newest crown jewel of soccer in Kansas City alongside Governor Brownback, Mayor Holland and the Unified Government,” Heineman said. “Through our excellent partnership, we have built another first-class facility that will help grow the sport across the region and leave a profound economic and commercial impact for years to come. Soccer brings families together in a unique way, and I’m really proud of this facility.”

Situated between State Avenue and Parallel Parkway at 1500 N. 90th Street, Wyandotte Sporting Fields is a 52-acre complex that features 12 playing fields – four with natural grass and eight with cutting-edge synthetic turf that provides a premier, soccer-specific playing surface for all levels of play. The venue will draw an estimated 1.3 million visitors annually, making a profound commercial and economic impact in Kansas City, Kansas.

The complex is conveniently located two miles northeast of the junction of Interstate-70 and Interstate-435 and less than three miles from the Village West Entertainment District and Children’s Mercy Park, the home stadium of Sporting Kansas City. The state-of-the-art National Training and Coaching Center is currently under construction a mile west of the Wyandotte Sporting Fields. More than 80,000 Sporting Club Network members will call the Wyandotte Sporting Fields their home training base, including primary tenant KC Fusion. In addition, the facility will regularly host elite youth soccer leagues and tournaments at regional and national levels, making it an epicenter for the sport’s growth and a destination for some of the nation’s premier athletic events. “This is a model that works well. It’s a relationship that works on a common vision. Relationships like the one between the Unified Government, Sporting KC and state government are important, and it’s the trust factor that has allowed KCK to become the soccer capital of the United States,” said Kansas Governor Sam Brownback.

All eight synthetic turf fields will be lit under MUSCO Sports Lighting’s computer-controlled Light Structure Green system. The four natural grass fields will be irrigated by the innovative InteliRain system that uses a computer algorithm to adjust for wind-shift, allowing for optimal water coverage and saving thousands of gallons yearly over traditional irrigation systems. Wyandotte Sporting Fields will offer more than 1,000 paved parking spaces around the perimeter of the venue and an additional 175 grass parking spaces for larger events. The complex is anchored at the south end by a modern concession and restroom stand, situated near a paved plaza that serves as a gathering space with picnic tables. A sophisticated lightning and tornado siren will accompany the facility’s voice announcement system.

Thursday’s momentous event was held in conjunction with the launch of Sporting Fields + Athletics, a new entity owned and operated by Sporting Club that consists of Wyandotte Sporting Fields and state-of-the-art Swope Soccer Village, built in 2007 with further renovations in 2014, located at 6310 Lewis Rd. in Kansas City, Missouri. Sporting Fields + Athletics: Learn more at Under the ownership of Sporting Club, Sporting Fields + Athletics will operate all athletic events held at Wyandotte Sporting Fields and Swope Soccer Village year-round. The two complexes collectively boast 21 full-size soccer fields, including seven with natural grass and 14 with synthetic turf.

Swope Soccer Village features nine full-size soccer fields as the current training home of Sporting Kansas City, the Swope Park Rangers, and the Sporting KC Academy. The complex includes Children’s Mercy Victory Field, which serves as the Rangers’ home stadium and has frequently hosted the Big 12 Soccer Championship as well as NCAA Division II and III national championships. Wyandotte Sporting Fields is one of two first-class athletic facilities set to open this year in Kansas City, Kansas. The National Training and Coaching Development Center will accommodate the Children’s Mercy Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center and the U.S. Soccer National Coaching Education Center, making Kansas City the hub for youth athlete sports medicine services and overall soccer development in the U.S. Located a quarter-mile east of N. 98th Street and Parallel Parkway, the NTCDC will also be the new training home of Sporting Kansas City, capable of hosting clubs and national teams from around the world.

Wyandotte Sporting Fields is the latest venture in a long-term partnership between Sporting Club and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas. Children’s Mercy Park opened in 2011 and has hosted many high-profile soccer matches at the club, college and international levels. In an initiative targeted to foster local youth, 19 futsal courts have been built at ten different locations across Wyandotte County since 2013.

Annual Night Out Against Crime

The Unified Government will join local organizations to host the Annual Night Out Against Crime event on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM at the National Guard Armory located at 18th and Ridge.

The local event is part of the annual National Night Out campaign that promotes community-building through police-community partnerships to help empower residents to make our neighborhoods stronger, safer and a more caring place to live. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighborhoods together under positive circumstances. Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August.

Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more. Join us for the annual Night Out Against Crime and help us bring the residents of Wyandotte County together to help fight crime.

United Way Night at the T-Bones

The United Way of Wyandotte County and the Kansas City T-Bones are proud to announce the launching of the Featured Charity Partner of the Game program at the beginning of the T-Bones 15th season in Kansas City, Kansas.

The Featured Charity Partner of the Game program provides a partnership between a charitable organization and the Kansas City T-Bones allowing a fundraising event opportunity for the charity, marketing opportunities and game perks such as First Pitch, photo opportunities with Sizzle and the awarding of the Game Ball.

The first scheduled Featured Charity Partner of the Game is with the United Way of Wyandotte County on June 20th at 7:05 PM. The Kansas City T-Bones will be taking on the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks. The United Way will be selling tickets for $9 at their office located at 434 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas. Tickets must be purchased by June 15th. Call (913) 371-3676 for tickets or contact Cindy Cash.

To learn more about the benefits and how your charitable organization can be Featured Charity Partner of the Game program with the Kansas City T-Bones, contact Kacy Muller at (913) 328-5640.