In 2016, a US real estate investment management company named HomeUnion identified Blue Springs as the number one place (zip code) in the US where home buyers can find an affordable home with access to good schools.
Blue Springs schools were ranked at the 88th percentile and a median price for homes at $143,000; this was one-third lower than the national median price according to this CBS news piece.
A 76,000-square-foot indoor recreational facility that provides fitness opportunities for all, the Blue Springs Fieldhouse has been recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal with the 2016 Capstone Award in the Community Impact Category.
The facility has also been awarded the Tarkett Sports Indoor Recreation Project of the Year Award, a
recognition given to Tarkett’s best indoor project in
In September 2016, Blue Springs Parks & Recreation accepted the Missouri Municipal League (MML) Innovation Award for the Blue Springs Fieldhouse. In late 2014, the City decided to invest in residents' recreational and wellness needs by redeveloping the former SportsCity building . Using this existing resource redeveloped an aging, function-specific building and saved a significant amount of taxpayer dollars by repurposing a building already located in the community.
The MML Innovation Awards program showcases municipal projects that demonstrate new approaches for solving municipal challenges.
The newly renovated Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building has also been recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal with a 2016 Capstone Award in the Green Design Category. This was a LEED sustainabilityproject, with high levels of recycled materials andconstruction that prepared the building for long
City Communications recently accepted the 3CMA Award of Excellence for the City's employee publication during the 28th Anniversary Annual Conference. Our internal newsletter, The City Beat, is an organic creation made by City employees to stay informed and an outlet for employees to recognize one another for their good work.
The 3CMA Savvy Awards Program is a nationwide competition that recognizes outstanding communications and marketing achievements in local government.
This is Blue Springs' fifth recognition by 3CMA.
Blue Springs Downtown Alive!, the City of Blue Springs and the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce were awarded the Streetscape & Public Improvement Project Award by Missouri Main Street Connections for aesthetic and functional improvements to downtown Blue Springs including the addition of four new benches, four new recycling/trash receptacles and custom bike racks.
The Blue Springs Police Department (BSPD) renewed national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). To achieve this status, BSPD was required to be in compliance with more than 400 documented standards conduct an on-site review of compliance by independent assessors and appear before a commission panel.
This process assures that they meet national compliance in regards to best practices in each aspect of policy, procedure and performance.
The Metropolitan Chiefs and Sheriffs Association recognized two Blue Springs Police Department (BSPD) officers who demonstrated bravery and quick thinking while in the field. Officer Martin Blahut received the 'Life Saving Award' for his quick-thinking and CPR efforts that saved a man's life in early March of this year. Fellow Officer Steve Emberton, received the 'Bronze Award' for his efforts rescuing a Blue Springs resident and her pet from a house fire.
Officer Charlie Waites of the Blue Springs Police Department (BSPD) received the “Start Right, Stay Right” award from Jackson County COMBAT for his 15 years of dedication to the D.A.R.E. program and bettering the Blue Springs Community.