Accomplishments

  • Public Improvements: More than $19 million in public improvements leveraged for the area
  • Networking: Monthly networking and information exchanges for area businesses, institutions, and neighborhoods.
  • Representation: Representation of Southtown businesses and neighborhoods on zoning and code enforcement matters, crime and security issues, and nuisance abatement.
  • Community Action: Monthly Community Policing Action Cooperative (CPAC) sessions that brings together citizens, business and public safety representatives to address crime issues and take preventative measures.
  • Tulips on Troost: Coordination and support of the Tulips on Troost Avenue Project.
  • Southtown Directory: Annual Directory of Southtown, Waldo, and Brookside listing all its members distributed to business and residents in Southtown area- a great community resource!
  • Facade Improvement Project: Assisted more than 100 business owners along Troost Ave. in the renovation of storefronts through the Facade Rebate Program.
  • Troost Avenue Streetscape: Obtained public improvement funds for the Streetscape of Troost Ave. from 55th St. to 77th St.
  • 63rd Street Improvement: Secured more than $3 million in public improvement funds for the widening and improving of 63rd Street from Paseo east to Prospect Ave.
  • Southtown Council Memberships: From an initial group of six increased the organization to more than 250 businesses, associations and institutions, further increasing the organization's credibility and effectiveness for serving the community.
  • Advocate for Area Businesses: Provide administrative support and technical assistance to area businesses in dealing with city code, zoning, and ordinance requirements.
  • Administrative Support: Provide office, accounting and general management for the Waldo Area Business Association and the Brookside Business Association.
  • Southtown Sparkles Awards: Established a positive reinforcement program that monthly acknowledges outstanding appearances of business properties.
  • Real Estate Information: Compiled and maintained data on commercial properties, vacancies, and property owners/managers.
  • Crime Prevention: Monitored area crime statistics, coordinated with the Kansas City Police Department as well as developed crime prevention materials and coordinated the Troost Patrol.
  • Funding: Throughout it's 25 year history, the Southtown Council operations have been funded solely through business, institution, and association contributions.