Newsletter Feature from Chuck – July 25, 2017

Good day. We hope this end of July edition finds you and yours able to cool off and stay well.

Downtown Shareholders of Kansas City, KS was recently nominated for a Thrive Award. This celebration of achievements in community development is a Local Initiative Support Corporation, KC, MO effort. A brief description of this inaugural event follows, taken from the LISC website. We hope you will join us there on 9.28.2017 | 4 – 7 PM

Thrive: Celebrating Kansas City’s Achievements in Community Development. Thrive is Kansas City’s premiere celebration of excellence in local community development efforts. Six projects and organizations will be honored and presented awards. As a guest at this event, you will have the opportunity to experience locally-sourced food and entertainment. Food and drinks are included in your ticket purchase. Access this link to reserve your place and learn more:

You are also invited to join us September 9 this year for another Dash KCK. A link will soon be available for registration. This timed, family-friendly event welcomes both competitive runners as well as mom, dad, and children. The walk/run begins and ends at Big 11 Lake. In conjunction with Library in the Park, participants will once again be able to learn about library services as well as those offered by other community partners. Oh, and did I mention another taco contest featuring the best in the region?

Finally, we are very pleased to announce the Latino Arts Festival returns to Downtown Kansas City, KS April 28 of 2018. Planning is underway to welcome additional artists, food vendors, and of course low riders. Watch this space and the Like LAF Facebook page for additional details.

A celebration, 5K walk/run, and festival. Just some of the opportunities highlighting the energy and dynamics of a Downtown that continues to thrive. Come be a part. Come celebrate with us. Come see why we say Downtown KC, KS 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

Rep. Yoder Announces Third District Job Fair

Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) announced today that he will be holding his eighth Third District Job Fair on Tuesday, August 22nd at the Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC) Burke Technical Center. As in past years, the Job Fair will help facilitate face-to-face meetings between those seeking employment and local employers currently hiring. The Job Fair will include a special morning hour exclusively for veterans.

The Job Fair will last from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, with the 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM hour exclusively open to veterans. Job-seekers should dress for success and bring several copies of their resume. There is no registration or fee required to attend.

Only exhibitors need to register by clicking here.

For more information, visit, or please contact Susan Metsker in Representative Yoder’s District Office at (913) 621-0832.

KCKCC Board of Trustees Appoints Dr. Jacqueline Vietti as Acting President

KCKCC Board of Trustees Appoints Dr. Jacqueline Vietti as Acting President. Kansas City Kansas Community College is one of the premier academic institutions in the State of Kansas and beyond. The KCKCC Board of Trustees remains committed to maintaining a positive and supportive educational environment for its students, faculty and community.

Information was brought to the attention of the Board that merited review by an external party. The Board, in accordance with its fiduciary obligations to the College, placed Dr. Doris Givens on administrative leave with pay pending completion of this review.

The Board has appointed Dr. Jacqueline Vietti as the Acting President of the College effective immediately. Dr. Vietti’s appointment has the unanimous support of all Board members. She was selected for her extensive experience, having previously served as President of Butler Community College for 17 years and as interim President of Emporia State University for a six-month period.

Dr. Edward Kremer remains as the Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs. The Board appreciates the community’s understanding and support for the College, which remains the most progressive, forward-looking, forward thinking, forward moving, entrepreneurial and diverse community college in the entire state of Kansas and beyond.

Kansas City Kansas Community College is a centrally located public 2-year institution in northeast Kansas. Within the city limits of Kansas City, Kansas, the College is conveniently located within Wyandotte County. A flexible schedule of course offerings is provided to meet the needs of its students. In addition to regular day and evening courses, KCKCC offers classes in the late afternoon, on Saturdays, in the summer, online, and at mid-semester. Learn more at

BPU Exceeds 45% Renewable Energy Threshold

With completion of the new Cimarron Bend Wind Farm in Western Kansas, BPU expects over 45 percent of its power generation to now come from renewable energy sources like the sun, water, and wind. From a capacity standpoint, BPU is well beyond the current State of Kansas’ Renewable Energy Standard goal of 15%, and will be three times the state’s goal of 20% renewable capacity for utilities by 2020.

Renewable energy is a clean, environmentally friendly alternative to coal generated electricity. With its use of hydropower, landfill methane gas, wind energy, and in the near future a new community solar farm in Wyandotte County, BPU has become one of the “greenest” public utilities in the nation.

“Maintaining a well-diversified mix of generation capabilities allows BPU to provide affordable, reliable, and environmentally friendly energy to our community and customers,” stated Don Gray, General Manager of BPU. “We are proud to be a recognized industry leader, with renewable energy sources now exceeding BPU’s coal generation output for the first time in history.”

Board of Public Utilities (BPU) Energy Mix Chart
With 200 MW coming from Cimarron Bend, and another 50 MW from the Smoky Hill and Alexander wind farms, these assets will produce enough energy to power approximately 110,000 homes annually. The Bowersock hydropower plant on the Kansas River in Lawrence, KS can power 3,500 homes, while methane gas energy from the Oak Grove Landfill can power another 1,500 homes annually.

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

Compassionate Fatigue: What’s On Your Plate?

Overview: Compassion Fatigue, also known as Vicarious Trauma, is a condition characterized by a lessening of compassion over time. It is common in trauma victims and individuals that work in a helping profession. This session will explore compassion fatigue and provide strategies for managing your stress as well as balance in your life.

After attending this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Complete the Pro-Quol, Quality of Life scale and determine their score related to compassion satisfaction, compassion fatigue and burnout.
  • Identify at least three areas of their life that are impacting their ability to achieve work life balance.
  • Create a blueprint for beginning a journey to wellness and wholeness.

Featured Speaker: Sharon McGloin, MSOD, MS, CTRS is President and Owner of Experiential Alternatives, a training/speaking and coaching company that focuses on personal growth and development as it relates to leadership development as well as a variety of seminars from teambuilding and conflict resolution to compassion fatigue. Sharon has worked in residential treatment and psychiatric care for emotionally disturbed children for over 30 years. She had the opportunity to participate in a Train the Trainer program with Jack Canfield, best known for Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and teaches success strategies based on the best selling book The Success Principles by Jack Canfield. Sharon is also an Adjunct Professor at Avila University in Kansas City and teaches the undergraduate and graduate course on Leadership as well as Northwest Missouri State University where she teaches the Trends and Issues in Therapeutic Recreation class.

Sharon holds a Master degree from the University of Missouri in Recreation and Park Administration with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation and is Nationally Certified as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. Sharon also holds a Masters in Organization Development Psychology from Avila University in Kansas City. Sharon is also a Certified Life Coach and has a small coaching practice helping individuals reimagine their lives. Sharon is a lifetime learner and enjoys being a catalyst for others growth and learning.

Who Should Attend: This workshop is designed for social workers, psychologists, therapists, professional counselors, masters prepared psychologists, marriage and family therapists and addiction counselors. Those that work in helping professions are welcome to attend.

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.
A certificate of attendance of 3.0 CEU’s will be awarded to each participant.

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

Registration: Workshop is $35.00.
Pre-register only. Contact Stacy Davis to obtain a registration form or visit 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 August 12, 2017. View this event on our Community Calendar for location information.

Sponsored by: Mental Health America of the Heartland.

Popular BPU Summer Youth Program Stays Winning

Since 1998, BPU has provided thousands of opportunities for Wyandotte County youth to work and/or receive job training skills through a variety of summer employment and training opportunities in the community. What started as a simple youth employment program has transitioned into a more diverse youth development and mentoring initiative.

Today, BPU partners with local nonprofit organizations to connect young persons with businesses, helping them attain the skills they will need for college or their first real job. The emphasis is toward at-risk and lower income youth in the community, in coordination with Unified Government designated Neighborhood Business Revitalization (NBR) groups. In 2017, BPU is helping nine area non-profits assist hundreds of local youth in the community. This includes:

These organizations have created a number of unique training and educational initiatives to help young persons, including a Learn-to-Earn program, a Leadership Development/Mentoring program, and a young Ambassadors Program. All are geared toward helping young people learn more about business etiquette, time management, crisis resolution, financial responsibility, while becoming stewards of their community as they grow and mature. BPU is proud to partner with these groups and assist these area youth, and remains committed to bettering the community through its award-winning socially responsible efforts.

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

Unified Government Launches New Website

After months of preparation and hard work, the Unified Government has launched a newly redesigned with you in mind. Check it out! The primary objectives of the new site development effort was focused on improving the overall layout and making it responsive to all devices, simplifying content, aesthetics and increasing the visibility and accessibility to online services. In addition to the improved design and layout, the website will have some other new and improved features:

  • Improved Search engine optimization
  • Better content organization
  • ADA Complaint
  • Multi-lingual options
  • Multiple access points for different users to reach the same page/information
  • Easily sortable/searchable department listing
  • Light-weight, integrated forms
  • Contact information is consistent on each page
  • Pages load faster

The Public Relations Department and Department of Technology are delighted to officially announce the launch on Monday, July 10, 2017.

The new site also integrates social media icons to improve communication by providing an easier way for residents and businesses to browse information and learn about services based on their own choice. The improvements are not yet complete. We will be constantly updating the website with content, articles, newsletters and announcements.

I want to thank our amazing Website Review Committee, the community focus groups that donated their time, the staff at Yoodle and additional support staff for their hard work on this project. We hope you find the new layout and design an improvement to your online experience with the UG.

Your feedback is very important to us as we strive to develop a website that is valuable to you. For any questions, suggestions, feedback or comments, please email us.

Volunteer for Wyandotte County’s 2017 Back to School Fair

Volunteers are needed for the Wyandotte County Back to School Fair on Saturday, August 5th! The fair will be at one NEW location this year – Kansas City, Kansas Community College’s Technical Education Center. There are a variety of volunteer duties including registration, greeters and hall monitors, book or bag distribution, food servers, parking attendants, and more! Volunteers are also needed to help stuff bags on Thursday, August 3rd. Click here to sign up!

Many volunteers are needed to make this event a success. So, grab a friend or group and Help the United Way of Wyandotte County Make Every Child School Ready on Day One! If you need further assistance, contact Cathi Hahner at (913) 371-3674 ext 1324.

2017 WyCo Candidate Forums

Co-Hosted by Business West, Central Avenue Betterment Association, and the Historic Northeast-Midtown Association:

July 18: KCKCC- Upper Jewel (7250 State Avenue, KCK)

  • Mayor (6pm) and Sheriff (7:30pm)

July 19: KCKCC- Upper Jewel

  • Unified Commission (6pm) and BPU (7:30pm)

Co-hosted by The Baptist Ministers Union of KCK and the Kansas City, Kansas NAACP:

July 24: St. Andrew Missionary Baptist Church (2200 North 53rd Street, KCK)

  • BPU, KCKCC Board of Trustees, KCK Board of Education (6:30- 9:30pm)

July 25: St. Andrew Missionary Baptist Church

  • Mayor, Sheriff, Unified Commission (6:30pm-9:30pm)

Newsletter Feature from Dave – July 11, 2017

June 29, 2017 Quarterly Meeting with the Kansas City, Kansas Police DepartmentHello friends,

From everyone at DTSKCK, we hope you’re keeping cool. Wyandotte County and the surrounding Metropolitan area remain under a heat advisory until Wednesday, July 12 at 7 PM. If you work or spend lots of time outside, be sure to take precautions against heat-related illnesses. Also, keep an eye on the health and wellness of your friends and neighbors – especially our elderly residents. For more information about staying safe, visit the National Weather Service’s Heat Safety Tips page.

Speaking of the heat, we would like to extend our thanks to the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department‘s Deputy Chief York and Officer Ortego for joining us at our Quarterly Meeting at Bank of Labor on June 29. Your willingness to engage the community is what makes our local department fantastic.  Thank you also to Bank of Labor for providing an event space, refreshments, and a light meal.

Thus far, summer has been chocked-full of exciting community events, and there’s plenty more to come. Our next Food Truck Friday is July 14 at KCKPL’s Main Branch. We’ve invited the Mobile Library and local favorite Polar Oasis. Why a dessert truck? Because having shaved ice, sundaes, floats, fresh-squeezed lemonade, iced tea, and novelty treats for lunch on a Friday is completely acceptable. We’ll see you between 11:30 and 1:00 PM in the parking lot between the library and beautiful Huron Park.

If delicious food isn’t necessarily your thing, that’s okay. This week is also Wyandotte County’s Annual Fair. Founded in 1863, this community event continues a tradition of family fun, live music, carnival rides, and more. For a full list of activities and hours of operation, visit the WyCo Fair website.

On a final note, we’d like to bring your attention to an especially interesting event designed to showcase and promote the awesome things in #OurKCK: Travel KS and VisitKCK‘s July 22 Instameet. Experience a behind-the-scenes tour at Children’s Mercy Park (home of Sporting KC), explore Downtown KCK’s vibrant murals, check out the secluded Rosedale Arch, hike a bit of the beautiful Kaw Point, and wrap up the day with an Instagram-worthy party. What could possibly be cooler? Having your photos featured in national advertising. To learn more about this event and get registered, click here. We’ll see you there!

As you may have guessed, there’s more, but we’ll leave it at that until next time.



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