JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The city of Blue Springs is the recipient of a 2015 Missouri Municipal League Innovation Award, presented Sept. 22, 2015 at MML’s 81st Annual Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.
The City, Chamber and EDC were honored for their program to help citizens open and grow a local business.
In early 2013, the City partnered with the Blue Springs Chamber Of Commerce and the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation, as well as the Jackson County Economic Development Corporation to create the “How To Open And Grow Your Business In Blue Springs” guide. This step-by-step guide was created in-house as the result of a two-year planning process. By providing the business community with a centralized source for their needs, the guide consolidated the city’s fragmented business development resources, creating one voice across multiple agencies.
This guide has sparked change in city regulations as well as the creation of a new business services division that acts as a liaison for the business community and to streamline the business development process. Since its publication, the City, Chamber and EDCs have hosted 10 presentations and two expos, reaching more than 500 community members.
The MML Innovation Awards program showcases municipal projects that demonstrate new approaches for solving municipal challenges. The awards recognize and celebrate successful programs, spotlighting those that could benefit other communities.
The Missouri Municipal League provides a united voice for municipalities across Missouri. Founded in 1934, MML now serves more than 660 municipalities with training, resources and legislative advocacy for local government success. Learn more at www.mocities.com.