Just a reminder about the Piccadilly Gala Ticket Sales Kick-Off Eventtonight from 5:30 to 7pm at America’s Community Bank. This will be an opportunity for you to be the first to get your tickets and plan your seating arrangement with your friends and co-workers. Tickets are specially priced at $45 each for this one night. Our theme for our fourth annual event is “Gypsy Prom”, so please join us for this fun and funky event!
We want to thank our special VIP major sponsorAmerica’s Community Bank at the “$5,000 Prom Queen” Sponsorship Level for their fourth year in a row. We also are happy to have Ken & Cindy McClain and the McClain Companies at the “$2,500 Gypsy Princess” Sponsorship Level again, also one of our sponsors since our first gala four years ago. Don’t forget to take advantage of the opportunity for you and your organization to become a Sponsor for our event.
As you know, we are working hard to revitalize the economic, social and cultural well-being of our downtown district and we very much appreciate your support. Please feel free to email or call either myself or Pam Wheeler at email@example.com with any questions. Thank you for your consideration and see you tonight!
It’s a beautiful day in Downtown Blue Springs! I just wanted to remind you about the Downtown Alive! Piccadilly Gala ticket sales kickoff event coming up on Monday evening, January 30th from 5:30 to 7pm at America’s Community Bank. We are really excited about this year’s Piccadilly Gala theme which is “Gypsy Prom” – check out the Gypsy Prom Poster…looks fun!! We will be serving light refreshments Monday evening for your enjoyment!
I have also attached our Sponsor letter for your review. Please take a look and let us know if you are interested in one of our Sponsorship levels which is a great marketing tool for your business.
Remember, tickets are discounted at the pre-sale for this one night only – don’t miss out on the bargain. See you Monday evening!!
All are invited to the City of Blue Springs’ 2016 Annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony this evening, Tuesday, December 6. This is a free, family holiday event that will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will take place outside City Hall at 903 W. Main Street in downtown Blue Springs.
“This special event draws hundreds of children and families to downtown Blue Springs for a unique holiday experience,” said Mayor Carson Ross. “It’s a wonderful tradition in our community and a great way to celebrate the closeness and the spirit of giving that exists within our city.”
Pete Grigsby with KMBC Channel 9 and teacher for the Blue Springs School District, will join Mayor Ross as Master of Ceremonies. The live countdown to the tree lighting will take place between 6:15 and 6:20 p.m. Mayor Ross will be joined by Kim Nakahodo’s family as they flip the switch and light the official Blue Springs Christmas Tree. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive in an Enchanted Sleigh immediately following.
Join us as we kick off the holiday shopping season! Ride a horse-drawn carriage down main street and visit stores stocked with this season’s best gifts. Special guest artists and crafters will offer one-of-a-kind gifts and merchants will feature great deals and special in-store events.
The Blue Springs Downtown Alive! Board of Directors is recruiting for the position of Executive Director. As you know, Downtown Alive! is growing rapidly and hosting many projects, all of which need devoted time and attention. Unfortunately, my professional position with the bank is very demanding and at this point, I must relinquish something. I am very devoted to and passionate about Downtown Alive! and will maintain a position on the board working on special projects.
If anyone is interested in applying, they should submit a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to the address below. The deadline for submission is November 23, 2016.
There will be a presentation by Downtown Alive! at the City Council meeting tonight. It would be fantastic to have a full audience so please try to attend if possible. The meeting starts at 6:00 pm at the Public Safety Building. It is very important to show support to the City Council so hope to see you there. I am told the meeting will be a short one.
Secondly, don’t forget about the Downtown Alive! Social Hour Tuesday night at Pizza Shoppe beginning at 6:30 pm. We are looking for feedback about Fall Fun Fest to share with the Chamber. What do you LOVE about Fall Fun Fest? What do you think could be improved upon? Would you like to speak with Chamber staff in a more detailed conversation? We don’t have plans for an open discussion, just an opportunity for each of you to jot down you notes in one place that can be passed on to the Chamber.
Thanks for your support and see you tonight and tomorrow night !!
We recently held a Town Hall meeting to share our progress with the stakeholders and citizens, and solicit input for our next steps and future direction. If you were able to attend that meeting, thank you for your time and comments.
The last few years were very successful for Downtown Alive! With your help, we were able to continue to improve the quality of downtown in the following ways:
Several new businesses were welcomed to the district creating new jobs and opportunities.
The beautification efforts continued with the addition of new benches, waste receptacles and custom made bicycle racks, fabricated and donated by The Bike Stop.
Two new pieces of art were added to the Downtown landscape through the “Remnants Restored” Public Art Project in partnership with the Public Art Commission.
A new brochure entitled “Doing Business in Downtown Blue Springs” was created in cooperation with the City, which highlights the incentive tools available for renovations and improvements.
With input from Downtown Alive! and the Historic Preservation Commission, the City created three “Downtown Conservation Areas” to help preserve the historic character of our City.
Our efforts were recognized by the Missouri Main Street Connection. They raised our status from Affiliate to Associate Level, an elevation that normally takes at least 8 years, completed in 4!
There are many tasks from our Action Plans either completed or in the process of being completed in 2016:
Continue the beautification efforts by adding more benches and bicycle racks in Central Park.
Installation of four murals designed and created by artists in the Blue Springs High Schools, to showcase our history and heritage. The murals were mounted on buildings within the district, and the project was partially funded with a grant from Truman Heartland Community Foundation.
We received the “Creating Creative Places” Award for the “Remnants Restored” Public Art Project during the Annual Missouri Main Street Connection Evening of Excellence in July 2016.
Continue to promote and educate the business and property owners about the various funding opportunities available for façade and building improvements.
Some of the goals discussed at the Town Hall meeting for 2017 and the future include:
Establishing a Community Improvement District to provide a steady funding source.
Attracting more retail to the district (Destination Business).
Creating outdoor (green) gathering and meeting spaces.
We need the help of our “Friends of Downtown Alive!” to continue this progress. Please renew your Friend status for 2016 with a tax deductible contribution. Your donations can be mailed, made on our website by clicking on the “Donate” button on our homepage, or even better, bring them to our monthly “Friends” meeting and see what’s going on. The next Friends Social Hour is September 20th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at Pizza Shoppe. We need you and your time! Please consider volunteering for one of the four teams or perhaps helping with a specific event. Take a look at our website for more information.
Thank you in advance for joining with us as we build upon our past successes and work toward making Downtown the social, civic and small business heart of Blue Springs!