For the last 10 years, Blue Springs has maintained a steady population growth of approximately 2 percent per year. In 1990, the city’s population stood at 40,000 residents. Almost 20 years later, the city’s population has blossomed to more than 56,000 residents, making it the 10th largest city in Missouri.

For the last 10 years, Blue Springs has maintained a steady population growth of approximately 2 percent per year. In 1990, the city’s population stood at 40,000 residents. Almost 20 years later, the city’s population has blossomed to more than 56,000 residents, making it the 10th largest city in Missouri.
Moreover, as the city continues to grow, it has quickly become a destination location for families, job seekers, tourists and investors across the nation. In November, Blue Springs was named to BusinessWeek Magazine’s “Best Places to Raise Your Kids” list. Blue Springs, which was the only city in Missouri to make the list in 2009, was ranked 26th out of a total of 51 cities recognized. With a quality parks and roads system, affordable and attractive housing options, and a fully accredited police force, the “Best Places” recognition confirms that our community is fully committed to making this city an attractive place to live, work and invest.
Without a doubt, 2009 was a challenging year. The city positioned itself to look beyond current financial restraints, an unsteady climate for retail and economic development, and the changing national economy. With all of this uncertainty, the city has remained committed to moving forward not only with several high-profile economic development projects including the Missouri Innovation Park, but also has continued to focus on issues of public safety and the implementation of transportation improvements.
We are so fortunate to have had such overwhelming support for our 2008 voter-approved “no-tax-increase” bond projects. In 2010, we will start to see the first projects from that bond issue start construction.
The expansion of our Sni-a-Bar Wastewater treatment plant will begin construction in March, with the goal of meeting our current and future needs for additional sewer capacity and to meet federal environmental standards. With additional capacity we will be well positioned for additional commercial and residential growth, when our economy improves.
Blue Springs citizens will also see the extension of Moreland School Road to the Jackson County portion of Liggett Road begin this March with a completion date of December. Significant work is also taking place on finalizing the design and purchase of right of way for the improvement of Colbern and Missouri 7 and Woods Chapel Road.
Many of you have seen the innovative design proposed for Woods Chapel with the goal of providing additional capacity for morning and evening commuters. The transformation of the entire corridor is something we all should be very pleased with.
I am also very excited about the impact to our city from the “Wall that Heals,” the traveling exhibition of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall coming to Blue Springs from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3. I would encourage everyone to check out information regarding this unique, community partnership at www.bluespringswallthatheals.net
As I drive around Blue Springs today, I am so proud to witness the continued progress on many of our new commercial developments taking place throughout the community. The Adams Dairy Landing retail development site continues to steadily move ahead with several new tenants expected in 2010 including Olive Garden, Gordman’s, Kohl’s, Michael’s, Staples, Petco and Famous Footwear. We also have seen new activity at the Mall at Fall Creek, and we recently had a ribbon cutting for the Legend of Asia on South Missouri 7. All of these additional businesses help provide much-needed shopping opportunities for our citizens and provide us options to “Buy Blue Springs.”
 2010 will also bring additional quality-of-life improvements to our city such as the addition of a recycling center at Pink Hill Park, additional sidewalks downtown, and the expansion of the city’s minor home repair program.
We believe Blue Springs is a community poised for growth and expansion in every sector of the city. We have laid the framework for our city to grow by investing in our infrastructure and developing an innovative, sustainable economic development strategy that should position us for job creation in the future. An exciting future lies ahead of Blue Springs and through the commitment and continued cooperation of the entire community we can continue making our city a leader in Eastern Jackson County for decades to come.
As always, I would encourage you to visit the city’s Web site at www.bluespringsgov.com to learn more about our community.