Newsletter Feature from Chuck - May 2, 2017

Good day. Welcome to this May edition of our newsletter. Highlights include a variety of local events in our Community Calendar.  If it is happening in Wyandotte County, you will probably find it on our site at Speaking of happening, a lot is going on in Downtown KCK. We just enjoyed the KCK Chamber's Annual Meeting at the Jack Reardon Convention Center with 650+ of our closest friends. Congratulations to Daniel Silva, Kate, Katelyn, and Gabrielle on an excellent event. For photos, check our Facebook Page.

Tuesday, May 9 is the Kansas City, Kansas Convention & Visitors Bureau annual awards presentation luncheon from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM. Registration begins at 11:30 AM. This is always a fun and informative gathering, and we hope to see you there.

In conjunction with National Police Week, we're proud to sponsor several upcoming events with the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department. First, is a special Tuesday Coffee on May 16. Join us at A Cup on The Hill to learn more about the KCKPD's Citizens Police Academy, meet some of our wonderful police officers, and chat with other Downtowners. As always, the coffee is on us. The second event will replace our usually scheduled Food Truck Friday. Instead, we're offering an important presentation on safety relevant to business owners, managers, and employees: How to Survive an Active Shooter Incident in the workplace. We look forward to seeing you at both of these events.

May also brings us closer to several greatly anticipated projects. Prairie Fire Development Group should hear mid-May regarding its application for Section 42 funds for a Downtown housing project. Some 92 apartment units including an agri-hood would provide much needed new living spaces plus a unique environment allowing for expanded community-type gardens. This would be the first effort of its kind in the region. Watch this space and our Facebook page for updates

We heard at our April 25th board meeting that the Unified Government is close to implementing two important projects impacting Downtown and surrounding neighborhoods. Dialogue is occurring with two grocery store operators for an urban store. The announcement was also shared at a special Commission meeting Thursday, April 27. A decision is to be made this summer after the operators complete their feasibility studies and present proposals to the UG. We hope to hear the good news during the summer.

More good news may follow regarding a new YMCA. Our board learned Tuesday that a new YMCA effort is within reach of its $16 million goal. Congratulations to those who have been working over the last 24 months to make this project a reality.  Saturday, June 3 brings a new event to Downtown. Downtown Shareholders, the KCK Chamber, El Centro, Hallmark Inc., and Bank of Labor invite you to the Latino Arts Festival and parade. The parade begins at noon, going from 4th and Minnesota to 12th street; the Festival begins about 1 pm and goes till 8. Featured are 40 lowrider vehicles and a car hopping contest around 6:30 that evening. There will be information booths, a children’s bounce/play area, Latino art in the KCK Chamber building, food trucks and more. Joe Ray, of California, will judge the cars and the hopping contest. We hope you will join us for the parade and festival. There is no charge.

What a great time to be part of Downtown. Many, many thanks to elected officials, businesses, organizations, and residents who continue to work tirelessly to make the urban core and all of Wyandotte County the best of places to live and work. Come be with us. Come experience the energy. Come be a part of all that is happening in Wyandotte County and Downtown. Come be part of 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