Six cities recognized for age-friendly initiatives
On June 17, 2016, six area cities were recognized as Communities for All Ages
. Gladstone received a Gold Level recognition, Mission received a Silver Level recognition, while Blue Springs, LIberty, Raymore and Roeland Park were awarded Bronze level. The awards recognize the steps the cities have taken to become more age friendly.
Pictured from left: Jim Holly, Blue Springs; LeAnn Lawler, Liberty; Emily Randel, Mission; R.D. Mallams and Alan Napoli, Gladstone; Derek Moorhead, Raymore; and Teresa Kelly, Roeland Park.
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First Suburbs focus on promoting best practices for redevelopment
At the FSC August 2016 meeting a discussion was held on creating a resource guide/white paper that would describe best practices on successful economic development efforts and redevelopment projects, i.e., success stories, case studies, and lessons learned. This could include descriptions on public infrastructure investments, acquisition of land to stimulate redevelopment, reinvigorating downtown projects, usage of bonds or other financing tools, etc. It was also suggested that FSC host a panel of city managers that could talk about these type of projects.