Downtown Teams

Interested in becoming more involved in your community?  We are always in need of volunteers and chairs for our various committees.   There are many ways to get involved with Downtown Alive!

Your input is valuable as we plan for  various events.  To find out how to join one of our downtown teams, contact Pam Wheeler at 816-805-8356 or downtownbluesprings@gmail.com.

Each team’s meeting schedule is posted on Facebook and under Events on our website.   We welcome your participation!

DESIGN TEAM
Chair – Cindy Miller
Regular Meeting Date: 2nd Friday of each Month

This committee works to encourage appropriate aesthetics in the downtown, such as through appropriate building rehabs, in-fill design and downtown design unification. It capitalizes on downtown assets, such as historic buildings and creates an inviting atmosphere through window displays, parking areas, signage, sidewalks, streetlights and landscaping.

Current Projects Include:

  • Wayfinding Signs
  • Design Standards
  • Downtown Parking
  • Community Development Block Grant façade projects
  • Little Free Libraries
  • Sidewalk beautification, including flowers and flower pots

 

ECONOMIC VITALITY TEAM
Chair – Lyle Shaver
Regular Meeting Date: 3rd Thursday of each Month

This committee works to identify new market opportunities for the downtown, find new uses for historic commercial buildings, and stimulate investment in property.  It also assists with business expansion, retention and recruitment.

Projects and Events Include:

  • Downtown Parking Spaces Audit
  • Chapter 353 Tax Abatement Program
  • Business Development & Recruitment Strategy

 

ORGANIZATION TEAM
Chairs – Ken Billups Jr.
Regular Meeting Date: 1st Monday of each Month

This committee gets everyone working toward the same goal. It builds consensus and cooperation among the groups that have an important stake in the downtown.  It also works to recruit volunteers, gives input on organizational structure and helps to build strong committees.

Current Projects Include:

  • 501(3)c Filing
  • Goals and Objectives
  • Fundraising Strategy

 

PROMOTIONS TEAM
Co-Chairs – Shauna Markley and Jennifer May
Regular Meeting Date: 2nd Monday of each Month

This committee sells the image of Downtown Blue Springs by marketing the unique characteristics of downtown to shoppers, investors, new businesses and visitors. Our strategy is to promote a positive image through advertising, retail promotion activities, special events, marketing campaigns and bringing more people downtown, which all is carried out by the committee and other volunteers.

Projects and Events Include:

  • Holiday Open House
  • Chili Lunch Fundraiser
  • Spring Fling
  • Corks & Canvas
  • Piccadilly Gala