Lee’s Summit has many non profits that help make our community better place.
Make plans to attend the Non Profit Showcase on June 18 at the Pavilion at John Knox Village from 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., to learn how about the organizations and volunteer opportunities.
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Crossing the stage and receiving a diploma is an important milestone for a high-school senior. For nine area students involved in an innovative program with benefits that include accelerating the time it takes to earn a college degree, leaving high-school this spring also nearly coincided with their graduation from Metropolitan Community College (MCC) with an associate degree.
As a result of attending the Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC), these students not only receive their associate degree soon after earning their high-school diploma, they will begin classes at the University of Central Missouri (UCM) next fall on track to earn a bachelor’s degree just two years after graduating from high school. Perhaps even more remarkable is that MIC students will complete the entire program – associate and bachelor’s degrees – at almost no cost to the students or their families.
Just last summer, the MIC captured national attention when President Barack Obama highlighted the program and its benefits for students and families during a visit to the University of Central Missouri. President Obama called MIC “a recipe for success over the long term.”
“This visionary program allows us to prepare our students for a bright future while also serving as a model of how public school districts, higher education and businesses can work together in a whole new way,” said Dr. David McGehee, Lee’s Summit R-7 superintendent.
Participants in the Citizens Leadership Academy received their “Certificate of Achievement” during the May 1 City Council meeting. The Citizens Leadership Academy is open to Lee’s Summit residents who want to gain better insight into the operations of city government and to prepare for greater involvement in the community leadership. The Citizens Academy is meant to complement leadership training programs and academies already offered in the community. Learn more about the program.
An inniative of the Quality of Life KPA is community branding. Earlier this week, the new LStourism.com launched. This website now matches the community brand and goes perfectly with all the partner sites including cityofLS.net, LSchamber.com, downtownLS.org and leessummit.org. Welcome to the branding family LStourism.com!
The LS360 Economic Development KPA is chaired by Rick Viar and Steve Tominia, and some exciting news was recently announced as this group of civic volunteers strives to fulfill its stated vision and goals.
Specifically, the City of Lee’s Summit’s highly anticipated new Development Center to enhance and promote business development activity within the community officially opened for business on Jan. 21, 2014. Located on the first floor of Lee’s Summit City Hall, the Development Center is considered the “one-stop shop” to successfully navigate the steps of the business-development process from the application stage to final occupancy.
To this end, a new portal page has been created and is located at www.cityofls.net/business.aspx. This quick, online resource provides easy access to learn more about business and development resources at the City and in Lee’s Summit. Through the portal page, up-and-coming and current entrepreneurs can also link to the websites of the City’s local partners in promoting business and economic development. Those partner organizations are the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce, the Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council, Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street and Boost Lee’s Summit.
Along with improving communications, the City has selected an experienced team of individuals to staff the Development Center. That team consists of three project managers, a business service representative and a customer service representative. These individuals have a combined level of experience of more than 25 years in project planning, construction plan review, permitting and inspection services.
In addition, Viar said the Economic Development KPA will continue to work on the following priorities in the months ahead.
- Support the City’s strategies to ultimately centralize the development/re-development approval and oversight process.
- Encourage identification of a consistent economic development vision for the community with full concurrence and support from LS360, Lees Summit Economic Development Council, City Hall, and City Council.
- Make certain the “project manager system” is implemented by City Hall to ensure consistent policy oversight and project management. This should result in a more user-friendly, “one-stop shop” with a dedicated ombudsman and a “Development 101″ approach.
If you would like to get involved or learn more information about the Economic Development KPA, contact Viar at email@example.com or Steve Tominia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City is preparing for its next class for the Citizens Leadership Academy and is seeking participants. The Citizens Leadership Academy is designed to help enhance the future leaders of our community by giving participants an understanding of community development, local government governance, city operations, economic development, and city resources. The course is provided at no cost to participants. There are 8 sessions to the course, beginning January 11th at City Hall. The sessions are every other Saturday from 8:00 am to Noon. This is an excellent way for involved citizens to learn more about our community, network with colleagues and interact with City Staff.
Please take the time and review the registration link below for the Citizens Leadership Academy.
Another year is coming to a close and it’s time to look ahead to what’s to come. The beginning of a new year always comes with a sense of new energy and excitement (at least for me). So why not make 2014 the year you get involved with your community?
LS360 is always ready to welcome new volunteers and their talents… that’s what makes our group so great!
So take a few minutes to explore the different KPAs, and discover which one(s) you’d like to lend your time and talents to. Once you’ve done that, click the “Volunteer” button and let us know!
2013 has been a great year for Lee’s Summit and LS360, and we are looking forward to an even better 2014!
Thanks to everyone that presented and attended the City Council meeting last night! It is so energizing to hear updates from the KPAs and the great things that are being accomplished.
If you were unable to attend, I would recommend watching the presentation here.
Again, thanks to all the citizens that volunteer so much of their time for the betterment of our City!
Don’t forget that tonight at 5:30 p.m. the Implementation Committee is providing an update to City Council. Come join us and show your support in the Council Chambers (220 SE Green Street).
Can’t make it? You can tune into LSTV or watch the presentation live on your computer.
Wish us luck!
The Independent Transportation Network (ITN) is now serving our community. ITN is the first and only national nonprofit organization that provides rides to the elderly and the blind, through a network of volunteer drivers with door-through-door, arm-through-arm service to enhance safety, freedom and peace of mind. To volunteer or schedule a ride, check out the website www.itngreaterkansascity.org or contact them at (816) 500-4377.