Each year the board members from Southtown, Waldo, and Brookside gather for an afternoon of planning and discussing ways to improve for the organizations and communities. This year, the group focused on ways to better market/promote the many assets and resources of our areas, such as the history, diversity, and abundance of locally owned businesses.
The Annual After Hours Business Exchange scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 21 at Alphapointe, 7501 Prospect Ave., has been cancelled due to weather. The event has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 6, same time, same place. Sorry for any inconvenience this has caused!
Beloved former Kansas City mayor Dick Berkley was celebrated on Nov. 30 by Southtown as the 2007 American Citizen. In his three-term tenure as mayor, from 1979 to 1991, Berkley oversaw many capital investments, shepherded inspired civic efforts and enjoyed remarkable support and approval. Known for his caring and ability to build consensus, Berkley’s legacy was deserving of this special recognition.
The Southtown Council Environment and Public Works Committee selected Premier Engineering Consultants, LLC, 7427 Troost Ave. for the January Sparkle Award. In operation for three years, this engineering firm moved into the vacant Spotlight Railroad building in 2007.
The Southtown Environment and Public Works Committee selected UMKC for the December Sparkle Award. For many years, the vacant lot just south of the Coffee Break and north of Sam Miller Coach in the 5400 block of Troost Avenue has been used for on-site storage by UMKC. But not any more!
The Southtown Environment and Public Works Committee selected Mike’s Tavern, 5424 Troost Ave., for the October Sparkle Award. Owners Jim and Kurt Wirken purchased the business this past spring and made major improvements before opening. Mike’s Tavern was established in 1964.