In 1998, Blue Springs kicked off a visioning process called “Out of the Blue, Into the Future,” providing residents with programs like WellLink and Career Central.

In 1998, Blue Springs kicked off a visioning process called “Out of the Blue, Into the Future,” providing residents with programs like WellLink and Career Central.


Ten years later, city officials and citizens developed “Renew the Blue.” The first phase, which included monthly meetings and examination of future work, was completed quickly.


That work also established five areas the group determined needed the most attention: economic development, education, government, planning and redevelopment, and quality of life.


Renew the Blue has been instrumental in many areas of the city’s success. Recently, the group has been a key player in refiguring the city’s ZIP code and school boundary issue, which residents consider confusing and problematic for identity and revenue issues. The overall vision statement, established early on, says families should be productive and inspired; government should be responsible and effective; the economy should be vibrant and broad-based, with special emphasis on creating an extra- ordinary community environment with life-lone opportunities for all citizens.


Newly elected Mayor Carson Ross said he plans to evaluate what he expects Renew the Blue to accomplish.


“I’m sure that during my tenure, (the city) will have a successful Renew the Blue,” he said.