Blue Springs Downtown Alive!, a non-profit organization dedicated to improve downtown Blue Springs, received the “Outstanding Public Partner Award” from the Missouri Main Street Connection during its “Evening of Excellence” ceremony July 31.

The organization was recognized for a joint project completed by America’s Community Bank and the city of Blue Springs that removed the bank building’s decades-old aluminum facade and restored its original brick exterior using matching Community Development Block Grant funds in October 2013. Prior to that, Downtown Alive! made presentations to the Blue Springs City Council for the bank’s restoration, which the Council later approved the allocation of $100,000 in matching CDBG funds through the “Preserving America” federal initiative.

Total investment in the project by the building owner was approximately $310,000. A tax abatement program was the second funding mechanism used to complete the project.

Downtown Alive! President Cindy Miller wrote that the Evening of Excellence ceremony had 40 Missouri towns or cities nominated in 12 categories. “... This is quite an accomplishment for Downtown Alive! and for our entire City,” she added.

“We were honored that Downtown Alive! nominated the City for such a prestigious award,” said Mayor Pro Tem and City Council Member Susan Culpepper. “This project is a great example of public and private partnership to help restore a historic treasure in our downtown. I want to thank Wes Condron (President of ACB) for reinvesting in our City and for his commitment to Downtown revitalization efforts.”

Missouri Main Street Connection is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of historic downtown businesses in Missouri using a Four Point Approach: Organization, economic restructuring, design and promotion.