Downtown Spotlight from Jason - November 13, 2018

Somehow, Halloween has passed us and we have landed in the thick of the holiday season. The end-of-year holidays have always served me as a time of reflection (and overeating), and after 8 months in this vibrant community, I have much to be thankful for as we approach Thanksgiving. I am thankful for the University of Kansas Health System for filling and redeveloping our biggest empty building. I am thankful for the construction on the new Juvenile Justice Center (though a bit less thankful about the parking pinch outside my office) – cranes and concrete are signs of growth.

I am thankful to the Unified Government, and their continued emphasis on helping this Downtown grow and succeed, as well as their focus on getting a grocery store here to fill a desperate community need. I am thankful for my staff, because they do so much that allows DTS to flourish, but also help me do more of what I hopefully do well. I am thankful to the Board, for their support of our ideas and goals.

Mostly, I am thankful to all our businesses, employees, residents and volunteers that make Downtown an amazing mix of cultures, personalities and opportunities. KCK is a pretty well-kept secret, but it’s so unique that I am trying my best to get the secret out.

Do set your calendars to come to the Mayor’s Holiday Lighting Festival on Friday, November 30 beginning at 4 pm. There are a ton of activities for kids, including crafts, entertainment, movies and of course visits with Santa! We have been blessed again with many fine sponsors who support this event for community kids, and for that I am eternally thankful as well.

Jason Norbury, Director
Downtown Shareholders of Kansas City, Kansas
726 Armstrong, Suite 201
Kansas City, KS 66101
Office: (913) 371-0705