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Hunt Midwest communities simplify the relocating experience Whether moving to a new part of town or relocating to an entirely different part of the country, finding the perfect neighborhood for your family can be tough. Hunt Midwest is proud to offer a series of master planned, new home communities that take the guesswork out of deciding where to buy a home in the Kansas City metro.

Staley Hills Surrounded by trees and greenspace, Staley Hills offers residents a retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life with two dramatic water features bordering the community’s entrance, a crystal clear swimming pool, scenic walking trails and beautiful, stone-clad homes lining the streets. While it’s easy for those who live there to get lost in the serenity that comes with being tucked off North Woodland Avenue and Shoal Creek Parkway, just north of M-152, Staley Hills is close to many conveniences such as Zona Rosa and has excellent access to major highways, Kansas City International Airport and downtown Kansas City. It is located within the highly acclaimed North Kansas City School District. Homes start in the mid $300,000s. Benson Place Drive slowly through Benson Place on any given Saturday in the summer and you’ll quickly spot kids wobbling on bikes along the sidewalk and neighbors gathering for an impromptu party in the driveway.

“All of new home communities are built within the area’s top-performing school districts,” said Jenni Mann, marketing manager for Hunt Midwest. “In addition to good schools, our neighborhoods offer a wide array of family-friendly amenities and are conveniently located for a quick commute to work or local attractions. The only thing left to do is find your new home!”

Hunt Midwest has teamed up with the area’s finest home builders, providing future residents with a wide variety of floorplans and styles to choose from.

The sense of community in Benson Place is just one of many attributes that have led to its popularity. Others include rolling hills, abundant parkland, and close proximity to the Shoal Creek Golf Course and Hodge Park. Benson Place is within the boundaries of the highly rated Liberty school district and just minutes from excellent shopping, downtown Kansas City and Kansas City International Airport.

to family oriented hotspots such as the Tiffany Springs Sports Complex, Springs Water Park and one of the city’s premier shopping districts, Zona Rosa, make The Reserve at Riverstone a top choice for families desiring luxury and convenience.

Family-friendly amenities include a competition-sized swimming pool and cabana, a second lazy-L shaped swimming pool with underwater benches and bubbler fountains, children’s spray ground, playground, five acre lake, picnic area, walking trails and more than 40 acres of parkland and natural areas. Homes begin in the upper $200,000s. The Reserve at Riverstone High-end amenities, including a brand new swimming pool, stone entrance monument and extensive landscaping, and location within the award-winning Park Hill School District add to the laundry list of pluses for The Reserve at Riverstone. In addition, its nearness

“Move-in ready homes are available in all of our communities, allowing homebuyers to move within 60 days or less. Our experienced onsite community managers are knowledgeable about the relocation process and can offer new residents a positive home buying experience.”

Homes start in the upper $300,000s. Woodneath Farms Woodneath Farms has long been a destination community with rolling hills, larger homesites and grand residences all located in the Liberty School District on Flintlock Road north of Missouri 152. Amenities include a competition-size swimming pool, lake and fountain, walking trails, playground, nature areas, tennis court, picnic pavilion, recreation area, nature area, generous landscaping and brick entrance monuments. The Mid-Continent Public Library Woodneath branch and Shoal Creek Elementary are situated on either side of the community’s entrance, adding additional conveniences within walking distance of home. Homes start in the mid $300,000s.

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Golf and Lifestyle Communities Offering You Perks that GoWell Beyond Your Property Line

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Growth for Kansas City BY KELLY PHILLIPS

Employees of Local Fintech C2FO Discuss what Drew Them to the Area

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Relocating to the Kansas City Area is One of the Best Moves You’ll Ever Make

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a lofty goal but one that Kemper and his team of sophisticated finance technology professionals have proven they’re capable of. C2FO company headquarters are located in Leawood, KS. The halls are filled with casually-dressed employees on any given day, but a quick survey reveals that many are not native to the Kansas City area, having moved here to accept a position at C2FO. These employees, coming from cities like Chicago, Boston, and Brooklyn, NY, have found that Kansas City is far beyond the cowtown that many people still assume it is. Instead, it’s full of amenities and opportunities that make living here a better experience than the t city from which they came.


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Elizabeth Duty,Vice President of Partner Business Development, has been in Kansas City for three weeks, having moved recently from Brooklyn, NY. She’s been with C2FO for two years but moved here to further her career with the company. She’s still finding her way around but says it’s nice to have a car.“I was at Target this past weekend, and I can’t tell you how excited I was to think that I could just roll my cart out to my car, and put it all in my car, and then drive home and drop all my belongings at my door. That really made me smile.” Duty lives in Prairie Village, where she has a house, a backyard, and a dog - none of which she had in Brooklyn.“I’ve moved a lot in my life...I like to explore new places, so it’s a win-win.” Anne Steinhaus of Fairway, KS, has lived in the Kansas City area for three years. She moved here from Boston to take a position as Director of Product Management at C2FO. Steinhaus grew up in Massachusetts but says that once her daughter came along, Boston started to feel cramped. She and her husband craved more space, so when the position at C2FO presented itself, Steinhaus was willing to consider it. She noticed right away the difference in the cost of living.“What really convinced me to move here was looking at houses and seeing how much we could actually get for our money versus Boston,” she says. While the moderate cost of living in Kansas City is a plus, it’s not the only draw to the area. Employment opportunity is also a factor. Employees moving into the area - especially at more advanced levels - are often uprooting their family for a specific employment opportunity. It’s important to know they have other options if that first position doesn’t work out. According to Sandy Kemper, recruiting for high-level positions at C2FO was more difficult five years ago because there weren’t a lot of other companies in the area that were similar to C2FO. That’s changing with the growth of so many fastgrowing start-ups in the area. Tyler Kimmons, Director of Investments at C2FO, knows this first-hand. He and his wife moved here two years ago from downtown Chicago. Kimmons was working for another company at the time. He says that when they first made the t 32

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move, he was a little concerned that if things didn’t work out, he wouldn’t have any other options. He was immediately impressed with the high-level talent of the team at C2FO. Says Kimmons,“Coming from Chicago, that was actually one of the things I was kind of concerned about...I’d look for jobs in Chicago and hundreds, thousands would pop up – in the finance industry, specifically. I was surprised - in a good way - about how talented a group they had put together in Kansas City.” Kemper believes that the entrepreneurial environment in Kansas City is on the verge of a tipping point.“The sheer number of entrepreneurs that are taking risks in Kansas City greatly exceeds those that were 10 or 15 years ago,” he comments. It’s no longer uncommon for him to run into - and recognize - other business owners when he’s out in public. This provides an opportunity to strengthen the entrepreneurial network within the region.

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Local resources also strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Organizations like the Kauffman Foundation, the Enterprise Center in Johnson County (ECJC), and KCSourceLink work to break down barriers to entrepreneurship and provide the necessary education, funding, and support to those who are willing to take a chance on starting a business. Says Kemper,“You see a tremendous number of people taking risk in Kansas City and creating value. Risk and reward cause more people to think,‘I can do the same thing.’ Role models are super-important.” This strong entrepreneurial environment is good for Kansas City’s talent pool. Local companies are now able to attract and retain top talent more easily than ever before. At C2FO, Kemper says he doesn’t experience nearly the employee turnover his peers do on the East and West Coasts. While his peers consider it a success if they retain an employee for 18 months, Kemper


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says he can count on two hands the number of key associates who’ve left the company since it started 11 years ago. Sandy Kemper could have started C2FO anywhere in the country. When asked why he chose Kansas City as the company headquarters rather than taking it to a financial hub such as New York City or Chicago, Kemper sums it up:“Kansas City is a great place to build a business. We have extraordinary human capital, stable and loyal teams accompanied by fantastic work ethic and unusually strong moral compasses. Plus, I live here. My network is here, and the few friends I do have are all here.” It sounds like he wouldn’t have it any other way. To see what other C2FO employees had to say about their move to Kansas City, visit kcrelomag.com.

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Family living in Brookside and Waldo is a community tradition The Brookside Neighborhood is a sought after eclectic metropolitan jewel, with lovely historic homes, unique shops, trendy restaurants and cultural attractions. Home to some of Kansas City’s hippest residents and urban professionals, Brookside was this city’s first suburban shopping area. It now boasts over 70 proprietors and offices which have elegantly preserved the original architecture and kept the neighborhood appeal. Located just a few short blocks south of the Country Club Plaza, this residential neighborhood begins at 51st and Wornall Road, while the retail area is further south and bounded by Wornall Road on the west, Meyer Boulevard to the south, 61st Terrace to the north and Main Street to the east. The year is dotted with events including the Brookside Art Fair, a nationally recognized Art Fair in its 21st

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year. It features over 185 local, national and international artists and draws over 80,000 plus each year. The Annual St. Patrick Warm-up Parade is held the Saturday before St. Pat’s Day is a festive, family friendly event where everyone is “Irish” for a day. Brookside’s delightful neighboring city, Waldo, stretches from Gregory Boulevard on the north to 91st Street on the south, and Troost Avenue on the east to State Line Road on the west. This vibrant neighborhood and business district began in 1841 as the farm of Dr. David Waldo, and soon became a bustling neighborhood on the edge of the city. Waldo has never lost its flavor as a fun, little family neighborhood on the edge of a big city. Today, you’ll find more than 600 businesses in Waldo, most locally owned, surrounded by a family-oriented neighborhood. This walkable, tree-lined area of our city is truly a wonderful place t to work, shop, live and play.


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Suburban treats await in Lee’s Summit, Lakewood, and Lake Lotawana Located just east of the metro, the city of Lake Lotawana surrounds the largest private lake in Missouri. With 600 acres of surface water and 27 miles of shoreline, it is populated by every style, size and shape of home, from cozy log cabins to million dollar estates, and private docks that hold pontoons, PWCs, ski boats, fishing boats, sailboats and more. Residents can take advantage of the Missouri Yacht Club on the lake and lakeside dining at Marina Grog and Galley. Sailing and ski clubs connect residents for a family feeling throughout the neighborhood. Such events as Lotawana Day, with many activities including ski shows and swimming contests, and the 4th of July, with brilliant fireworks, always attract large crowds. Another community located east of KC ideal for lake lovers is the Lakewood subdivision, boasting two lakes with a total surface area of 365 acres. This prestigious 2,200-acre neighborhood features the Lakewood Oaks Golf course, a championship course, with pro shop, restaurant and bar onsite. Condominiums and homes dot the neighborhood, with 40

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many amenities including four swimming pools and a neighborhood swim team, fitness center, tennis courts, ball fields and play areas. Sunset cruises on the lakes are priceless. The suburb of Lee’s Summit, southeast of the metro, is renowned for educational excellence, diversity of neighborhood options and a downtown brimming with “small town” ambiance, with over 40 specialty local retail shops, restaurants and many annual events. Free Wi-Fi and

a new electric vehicle charging station further enhance the downtown amenities, and the summer concert series draws lawn chairs and families gathered near the quaint train car which houses the Chamber of Commerce. Downtown Days, weekly events and Fourth Fridays create a nostalgic, neighborhood feel. The Magic Tree, which greets drivers entering the city just off 470 Highway, has become somewhat of a city icon during the Christmas season.


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Since the 1800s, the historic Hyde Park neighborhood, situated near Armour and Gillham near Westport, has seen a revival over the past years. This tree-lined neighborhood offers homes reminiscent

of times gone by, featuring architectural styles predominately of three kinds: modifications of Colonial revival in brick, stone, and occasionally all-frame; the Kansas City “Shirtwaist� Style house with stone or brick lower story and frame upper, often with a bellcast gable roof; and bungalows. Other styles represented are Victorian Romanesque, Queen Anne, Shingle Style, and Prairie School Style.

Its close proximity to the Country Club Plaza, built by famed real estate developer J.C. Nichols, makes it ideal for city dwellers who want to live the true Kansas City lifestyle. With 15 blocks lined with over 150 of the most exclusive shops in the world, and dozens of fine restaurants, The Plaza is world renowned. Such events as the Plaza Art Fair, the spectacular Plaza lights that shine through the holiday season, and the Plaza bunnies that dot the streets each spring for Easter make this locale unmatched. Apartments and homes in and around the area are some of the most prized pieces of real estate in the city. The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art is a short few blocks away, where over 500,000 visitors annually are greeted by the famed giant shuttlecock on the front lawn scape, and entranced by the over 35,000 works of art within. The Plaza is also bordered by the Valentine neighborhood, which is also steeped in historic value. These homes bring families of all ages who treasure the woodwork and etched glass, not to mention the close neighborhood feeling that prevails from front porch t to front porch.

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Overland Park and downtown Overland Park offer impressive neighborhoods Overland Park, Kansas, is home to excellent school districts, and is a suburb with plenty to offer. Downtown Overland Park is the natural choice for maintenance-free, urban-style living in a trendy suburban community. Just minutes from both I-35 and I-435, it combines the area’s most unique and eclectic mix of shopping, dining, entertainment and services - just steps away from your front door.Whether you’re looking for a penthouse suite or rooftop patio overlooking the farmers market and 42

Olathe, Kansas, the second largest of the 21 communities in prosperous Johnson County, is the fourth largest city in the state. Just 20 miles southwest of downtown KC, it offers an exceptional lifestyle. Attractive neighborhoods and a pleasing community complement one of the best school systems in the nation. Popular for hot-air ballooning and sailboarding, Olathe has two public lakes, Olathe Lake and Cedar Lake. A quality lifestyle is inviting to anyone desiring a lovely city close to the metro.

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Going west in the Kansas City surrounding area offers a wellspring of rich experiences, with many activities, sights and welcoming neighborhoods. The town of Shawnee, Kansas, is a short drive, and is not only a nice suburban area, with museums and shopping, but features Shawnee Town. This is an interactive place where visitors of all ages learn what it was like to live in Shawnee in 1929. Engaging and thoughtful tours, exhibits and programs will allow visitors to experience a typical day in and around the farm town of Shawnee in 1929.

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clock tower concert venue or a townhome with courtyard, you’ll find the ultimate downtown living. Historic downtown Overland Park features the quaint Clock Tower Plaza, and over 300 locally owned shops, a farmer’s market and events like 3rd Fridays. The Corporate Woods business district, Oak Park Mall and Metcalf South Shopping Center are hubs of activity in Overland Park. The Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead draws visitors of all ages to tour the 1900s turn-of-the-century farm with petting zoo and activities. And parks and green spaces make this city an t ideal suburb.

Calling all NASCAR fans! Kansas City, Kansas, is home to one of the most popular racetracks in the nation, the Kansas Speedway. This world class racing track, just 15 miles west of downtown, opened in 2001. Since then, millions of fans have had the time of their life in the over 73,000 seats surrounding the 1.5 mile track. RV camping makes the experience even more memorable, as does the Hollywood Casino that overlooks turn two of the track. Village West, adjacent to the Speedway, is a 400-acre retail, dining and entertainment district that happens to be the most visited tourist destination in the state of Kansas, with 10 million visitors annually. Lawrence, Kansas, west down K10 Highway, is home to the champion Kansas University Jayhawks, and offers the best of what a college town is about. Restaurants, concerts, events and outdoor activities abound. The Free State Brewery and the historic Eldridge Hotel are just two of the many landmarks in this storied town. It’s definitely worth a day trip or even could be your ideal home.


The Downtown areas of Kansas City rival any city in our United States with art, mixed use neighborhoods, a blend of venues and styles and a city pride that spans generations. Its emergence in entrepreneurial growth and smart city technology are making the news and the momentum is gathering.Venues such as the Sprint Center, the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts and the Power and Light District have made for quite a renaissance. Living here means walking or jogging to work, to the grocery store or to any number of restaurants. One Light Apartments, the first new apartment complex built downtown since 1978, offers spectacular downtown views through floor-to-ceiling glass walls in all 307 apartments. Hundreds of residents have moved into the tower at 50 E. 13th Street, enamored by the luxury amenities, including a spectacular rooftop pool and many common areas, including a theater and game room. The second building, Two Light has recently been completed with additional luxury amenities for renters downtown.

performance art. Now home to over 2,000 residents, the Crossroads is a fully functioning neighborhood with small-scale grocers, bakeries, home décor, dentists, pet stores, yoga studios, banks, movie theaters, printing services and coffee shops. The new streetcar provides easy access to Downtown, the Crossroads and the River Market. The monthly 1st Fridays event has become a regional favorite, drawing up to 10,000 for the evening of food trucks, street performers, art gallery exhibits and music. The River Market is a riverfront neighborhood in Kansas City that comprises the first and oldest incorporated district in Kansas City, officially named a Historical District by the US Department of Interior in the

late 70s. Over the years, the River Market has also been coined Westport Landing, the City Market and River Quay. This vigorous and exciting neighborhood, has large riverfront warehouses being developed into residential lofts, with restaurants, bars, shops, cafés and ethnic markets. Several firms have recently relocated into the district, including Populous, one of the world’s leading sports architecture firms. Major attractions here are The City Market’s Farmers’ Market, the largest farmers’ market in the region, which brings “Farm to Table” right to the heart of the city with fresh produce and goods on Saturday and Sunday. The Arabia Steamboat Museum displays thousands of artifacts from a steamboat and its cargo that sunk nearby in 1856 and was recovered in 1987-88. t PHOTOS BY AL GRIFFIN PHOTOGRAPHY

Experience Downtown KC, with the creative Crossroads and River Market

The Crossroads district, centrally located near Downtown, Crown Center, Union Station and the River Market, features everything from live music to

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The Country Club District offers unmatched living options in Mission Hills, Prairie Village, Leawood, Westwood and Fairway The group of neighborhoods comprising a historic upscale residential district in Kansas City, Missouri, and Johnson County, Kansas, is known fondly as the Country Club District. The district, also the brain child of J.C. Nichols, was developed in stages between 1906 and 1950, and today is home to approximately 60,000 and includes such well-known Kansas City neighborhoods as Sunset Hill and Brookside in Missouri, Mission Hills, Fairway, and the oldest parts of Prairie Village in Kansas, making it the largest planned community built by a single developer in the United States. Ward Parkway, a wide, manicured boulevard, is the main thoroughfare through the district, running south from the Country Club Plaza, the first suburban shopping district in the United States. Mission Hills, Kansas, has been a neighborhood of high distinction since J.C. Nichols developed it in the 1920s as a part of his Country Club district plan. Located on the Kansas/Missouri State Line,

homeowners here enjoy membership in the three country clubs and golf courses.Together, the three clubs, Kansas City, Mission Hills and Indian Hills, have become the most prestigious in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Mission Hills is ranked third by Forbes list of America’s most affluent neighborhoods, and is home to some of the most opulent homes on large lots. George Brett,Tom Watson and Kevin Harlan make this their home. Another richly storied neighborhood envisioned by J.C. Nichols is Prairie Village, Kansas, another planned community neighboring the Country Club Plaza. These quaint homes line treed streets, with easy access to everything Kansas City has to offer. The school systems in these Johnson County subdivisions are the top in the nation, and Prairie Village has been named one of the best subdivisions in the region by the Kansas City Star. There is plenty to do, with a large neighborhood pool complex, art galleries, restaurants and

events throughout the year that bring community spirit to life. Leawood, Kansas, is a bit further into Kansas, offering the sought-after Blue Valley and Shawnee Mission School districts to families. Residents can enjoy the aquatic center, lovely parks, Ironhorse Championship Golf Course and events planned by the Leawood Arts Council. The Westwood and Fairway communities in Kansas are also neighborhoods of distinction that draw every age of resident who enjoys suburban living in a delightfully interactive setting. The City of Fairway, incorporated in 1949, is a beautiful residential community in Northeast Johnson County. With nearly 4,000 residents and nearly 1800 homes and 100 businesses, Fairway is a small, but significant city. Westwood is a quaint community also nestled in the far northeast corner of Johnson County. Near Rainbow Boulevard and Mission Road, its homes are reminiscent of the cultural ideals of the mid 1900’s. t KC RELO

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Eastward HO A quick jaunt east of the city offers rolling landscapes, horses, quaint country communities and sports. Of course, this means the Missouri Mavericks championship hockey team in Independence. They play at the Independence Events Center, which is also home to a number of events through the year. The Missouri Mavericks, owned by Lamar Hunt Jr., son of Kansas City Chiefs founder, Lamar Hunt, are entering into their seventh season as a professional hockey franchise in Independence, and made the playoffs appearances in each of their first five seasons, including winning the 2014 Bud Poile Governor’s Cup, capping off a season of franchise record regular-season wins (44). Now as part of the ECHL, the Mavericks compete in the “Central Division” of the ECHL for a spot in the Kelly Cup Playoffs. The I-70/470 corridor has become a central part of the suburb of Independence. This area is conveniently located and has expanded with the Stoney Creek development, featuring the popular Bass Pro Shops and a wide variety of restaurants. Golf courses, including Stone Canyon and Shoal Creek, provide quantities of green space in this historic suburb. Many apartment complexes, office complexes, subdivisions and office parks make Independence a viable living area near the city. Events such as Santi Cali Gon Days are renowned. Blue Springs is renowned for its Adams Dairy Parkway commercial area, with a plethora of restaurant options, Home Depot, Walmart, Kohl’s and other shopping offerings. Its excellent education options and high school sports teams have earned state honors yearly. Close to the metro and a coveted address, city pride is alive and well in historic downtown Blue Springs. Annual events include the Fall Funfest and others. 46

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Strawberry Hill in Kansas City, Kansas, is steeped in tradition This ethnic neighborhood draws on its European influence and tradition, with generations of families living in historic, majestic homes handed down through years past. Immigrants from Croatia, Germany, Ireland, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, and Sweden settled the Strawberry Hill neighborhood in the late 19th Century. The community remains rooted in its Slavic heritage even today.The area, on the bluffs overlooking the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas Rivers, continues to thrive and grow.The Strawberry Hill Fall Festival draws folks who wish to experience the flavor, music and crafts of this rich suburban enclave.The museum and cultural center is located in a sprawling building ready to explore, and unique restaurants

draw daily visitors wishing to learn and enjoy the cultural influence. Once such beloved place to find unique treats is Strawberry Hill Povitica Company, located in the heart of Strawberry Hill. In 1984, with the written recipe of his beloved mother, and her “secrets,” Harley opened the shop. Povitica has been a staple at holiday and family gatherings for generations. When given as a gift to people outside your family, it was meant as a sign of respect. As time has gone on, the tradition of baking Povitica has become a dying art form. Here, that tradition lives on with the help of a few dedicated people who still use their Grandmother’s recipe. This Povitica is shipped around the world. Free tours of the bakery are available, and include a free sample and free cup of coffee.


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North Kansas City has a variety of areas, each unique, including Parkville, Weston, Liberty, Smithville and Gladstone In the heart of the greater metropolitan area, North Kansas City possesses an atmosphere of small town hospitality and tradition coupled with access to high-tech services and a wealth of recreational and cultural activities. Chappelle’s Restaurant and Sports Museum is something to experience. Not to mention proximity to KCI Airport and North Kansas City Hospital. Growth has been phenomenal in this area, which expands to Parkville. Historic Downtown Parkville, overlooking the Missouri River, is a haven for shops, each offering a unique shopping experience. Whether you’re looking for art, antiques, one of a kind boutiques, gadgets, home decor, fashion, embellishments, or collectibles, you’ll find it. Such events as the Annual Parkville River Jam and Parkville Microbrew Fest at English Landing Park are huge draws of all ages. In Weston, locally produced wine, beer, and distilled spirits, and a pub in the underground vaults of an 1840’s brewery are sights to behold. There’s a state park on the bluffs of the Missouri River where Lewis and Clark walked, with beautiful views, trails, picnic and camping sites. Liberty, as do all of the North KC neighborhoods, offers an excellent school system, with restaurants, a historic downtown and restaurants aplenty. Smithville and Gladstone each possess a personality, with Richville’s familyfriendly community on the shores of the 7,200 acre Smithville Lake with its boating, fishing, hiking, and swimming opportunities. Alongside the lake is the Paradise Pointe Golf Complex with its two challenging 18-hole courses. Gladstone’s suburban community is known for excellent proximity 10 miles from the airport, and schools and art and community events that make life peaceful n and eventful.

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rom Kansas City barbecue to a livestock event spanning an entire month, and from a visionary land developer to Kansas City melodious jazz sounds, Kansas City’s history is rich and colorful. Thanks to the many visionaries who gave their special gifts to the area, you will soon discover just a few reasons why Kansas City is such a vibrant place to live.

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The Taste…the smell – Kansas City Barbecue Two of the oldest barbecue restaurants in the area can be traced back to Henry Perry, known as the “father of Kansas City barbecue.”

KANSAS CITY CONTINUES TO BE THE MECCA FOR GOOD BARBECUE.

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After a stint in the steamboat business, Perry moved to Kansas City in 1907, and that move put Kansas City on the map to become the ‘Barbecue Capitol of the World.” Landing a job as a porter in a local saloon, Porter started selling smoked meats to workers in the alley close to the saloon where he worked.With a following and a confidence in his abilities, Perry opened a restaurant in a trolley car near 10th & Vine, in 1910. His menu included twentyfive cent slabs of ribs and other beef specialties along with possum, woodchuck and raccoon. Charlie Bryant worked for Perry as a cook.When Perry died in 1946, he left his restaurant to Bryant who sold the business to his brother Arthur who renamed the restaurant Arthur Bryant’s and moved it to 17th and Brooklyn. The restaurant is still in its original location and continues to host celebrities, sport figures and politicians when visiting the City. Following Perry’s death, former cook Arthur Pinkhard joined forces with his friend George Gates to open Gates and Son’s Bar-B-Que. Today their restaurant has locations throughout the city. Kansas City continues to be the mecca for good barbecue. As a newcomer to the area, you will talk to many people who will tell you that they know who has the best barbecue. The fun of being a newcomer is finding out for yourself. t KC RELO

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THE AMERICAN ROYAL DRAWS THOUSANDS EACH YEAR TO THE MONTH-LONG EVENT.

From its humble beginnings to today – The American Royal What was once the hub of cattle trading in the area is now the home to one of the biggest events in the City – The American Royal.

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Originally called the National Hereford Show in 1899, the show was designed to move livestock. The American Royal draws thousands each year to the month-long event.

Through the years The American Royal has grown and today includes a horse show that attracts the top riders from around the country competing in major competitions. Additionally, the American Pro Rodeo and, the World Series of Barbecue Competition were added to the festivities. Events are centered around the whole family drawing tens of thousands to the annual American Royal Parade. For those who like to tap their toes to country music, top country musical entertainers rock the house at sold-out

concerts. Whether you are a cowboy or not, The American Royal, as it has been for many years, is a time to get your cowboy on.

And all that jazz. Bill “Count” Basie, Mary Lou Williams, Charlie Parker, Pat Metheny, and Sonny Kenner are just a few of the people who have been part of the Kansas City Jazz scene. While New Orleans was the birthplace of jazz, Kansas City put its special spin on jazz when it was first heard in the 1920s. It surged during the 1930s when Kansas City was run by political boss Tom Pendergast. Under Pendergast, the city was in an economic boom and musicians moved to Kansas City to find work.While prohibition was a sign of the times throughout the

WHILE NEW ORLEANS WAS THE BIRTHPLACE OF JAZZ, KANSAS CITY PUT ITS SPECIAL SPIN ON JAZZ WHEN IT WAS FIRST HEARD IN THE 1920S.

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NEW UPSCALE LIVING IN

PRAIRIE VILLAGE What was once a 136-acre golf course and country club is now Meadowbrook Park, a new vision for a community blending luxury, privacy and classic architecture within the setting of an 84-acre public park, centrally located lakes and meandering trails. Featuring mature trees, courtyards and parklettes, Meadowbrook Park, is located in the heart of Prairie Village, Kansas between Somerset Drive and 95th Street and between Roe and Nall. Meadowbrook’s two upscale maintenance-provided residential neighborhoods are a mix of single-family homes and twin villa homes by five of Kansas City’s finest builders. The single-family residences in Meadowbrook Park feature modern interpretations of classic architecture. Each home is designed and built for exclusive upscale living with first floor master suites, quality craftsmanship and the highest attention to detail. The singlefamily homes in Meadowbrook Park are custom designed by Ambassador Construction, Holthaus Building, Inc., Koenig Building & Restoration, Lambie Custom Homes and RM Standard Construction. Exclusively built by Tom French Construction, the Twin Villas are luxury residences with courtyards allowing living space to flow into beautifully landscaped terraces and outdoor spaces. For more information: Single Family Homes 913-800-0232 Twin Villas 913-333-1313

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country, it did not exist in Kansas City and this phenomenon allowed jazz clubs to open and prosper in the area. While this golden age of Jazz no longer exists today, Kansas City Jazz continues to be heard throughout the city. Kansas City is home to the American Jazz Museum, which opened in 1997. The museum, located in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District, has done an exceptional job of highlighting the sights and sounds of the jazz legends as well as modern-day jazz.

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Besides the shopping at the many unique stores and eating at the extraordinary restaurants, plan to take a walking tour to see the architecture, statues and fountains that make this shopping area as unique n today as it was nearly 100 years ago.

Finally... No history is complete without looking at some of the Kansas Citians who have left their mark on Kansas City and the rest of the country! Thank you Harry S. Truman, Amelia Earhart, Don Cheadle, Walt Disney, Richard and Henry Block, Robert Altman, Thomas Hart Benton, Joan Crawford, Donald Hall, Buck O’Neil, Ernest Hemmingway, George Brett, Tom Watson, Ginger Rogers, Paul Rudd, Eric Stonestree, Bob Riggle, Jason Sudeikis, Jesse James, George Caleb Bingham, Dee Wallace, Chris Cooper, Kate Spade, John Kander plus many, many more.

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Today, shopping centers are the norm, but in 1922, Kansas City was the home to the first shopping center in the world – The Country Club Plaza.

Designed to accommodate visitors who arrived by automobile, The Country Club Plaza was developed by Kansas City visionary developer Jesse Clyde Nichols, (Known as JC Nichols) and was patterned after the high-end shopping districts in Seville, Spain. Encompassing about 55 acres, during planning,the project met extreme criticism, but when it opened, the area was an immediate success and has continued that success.

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f you are moving from an area with long commutes, do not expect them here. As a newcomer, the ease of getting around Kansas City is another great perk that you will enjoy. Highways and city streets are prominently marked so you will not miss your highway exit and you will easily find the street you are looking for. At first glance, you may notice a lot of highway and road construction, but you do not need to worry. Delays through these areas are minimal and will usually only increase your commute by a matter of minutes. Kansas City has a highway that encircles the city. Thanks to Interstate 435, an 83-mile two state beltway encircling the Kansas City metropolitan area, you will find that you will be able to get from Independence to Overland Park and from Parkville to Lee’s Summit using this loop. t


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Helping you get from your new home to your new job, school or entertainment destination are the highways that intersect with I-435 including I-35, 1-29, I-470, I-635,K-10, 350 Highway, US 69, US 50 and US 40. Once you have lived here for a while, you will soon realize that these highways are great ways to get to your destination whether it’s just a few miles away or it is across the city. To help take some of the stress out of your commute is the Kansas City Area’s bi-state management system, KC Scout. Developed by the Kansas and Missouri departments of transportation (KDOT, MoDOT) , KC Scout is designed to lessen traffic jams by improving rush-hour speeds, to increase safety by decreasing the number of

rush-hour accidents, and to improve emergency response to traffic situations. Using cameras and sensors to monitor the more than 125 miles of continuous highways in the Greater Kansas City Area, KC Scout uses large electronic message boards to send urgent traffic notices to drivers along the freeways, and activates a Highway Advisory Radio system that motorists in Missouri can tune to in the event of a highway incident. For more information about KC Scout or to download the app, visit, www.kcscout.net. If you would like to let someone else do the driving, there are numerous options in the area. Buses in both the Missouri and Kansas sides of the state line are clean and dependable; and you will find that

FOR INFORMATION ABOUT GETTING YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE IN KANSAS, VISIT WWW. KSREVENUE.ORG AND IN MISSOURI, VISIT WWW.DOR.MO.GOV.

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IF YOU ARE MOVING FROM AN AREA WITH LONG COMMUTES, DON’T EXPECT THEM HERE.

riding a bus can be extremely economical and will take you to almost everywhere you want to go.

cities throughout the area developing bicycle master plans: and bike lanes are the norm in many neighborhoods.

Riding with Uber or Z-Trip are also transportations in Kansas City. With a smart phone app, users can book their requests; and know that within minutes their ride is available. Using the Uber service is a perfect option for your daily life or a night on the town.

Kansas City’s B-Cycle Bike Share is a new great way to maneuver through the area. With more stations planned, presently, there are 27 bike rental stations serving Downtown KC, Westport, The Country Club Plaza, 18th and Vine and the Trolley Track Trail. Costs for the Bike Share include a membership and a usage fee. For more information, visit www.kansascity.bicycle.com. n

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In 2018, existing-home sales are projected to be unchanged from 2017, at about 5.5 million sales nationwide, and the median home price is expected to edge up only about 2 percent.

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REALTORS® Offer Insight on 2018 Housing Market Landscape The start of the new year is a time when many people reflect on their goals and pledge personal resolutions for the next 365 days. Whether optimistic about or hoping for changes in the year to come, switching over the calendar also allows an opportunity to reassess one’s housing situation.

In 2018, existing-home sales are projected to be unchanged from 2017, at about 5.5 million sales nationwide, and the median home price is expected to edge up only about 2 percent. One of the biggest challenges in 2018 will continue to be the low levels of homes available for sale.

This time of year has potential buyers and sellers reflecting on last year’s housing market data and examining the outlook for the next 12 months to better prepare themselves for entering the market and buying or selling a home.

Supply of new and existing homes on the market for the Kansas City region began the new year down more than 16 percent compared to the same time the previous year with just under 6,500 listings in the Heartland Multiple Listing Service.

2017 was another strong year for real estate. Nationwide, home sales prices increased in 2017, and Kansas City was no exception, with the average sales price up nearly 6 percent for the year. Home affordability in the Kansas City region remains positive, with an average sale price for existing homes at $210,000 and new homes at $381,000. The number of closed sales in the Kansas City region for 2017 was nearly even with 2016 numbers.

“REALTORS® continue to provide the best tools and resources to overcome the challenge of the short supply and our fast-paced local market through their access to the most current inventory, experience in transaction management strategies, and insight into market trends,” said Andrea Sheridan, president of the Kansas City Regional Association of REALTORS®. The National Association of REALTORS’® Housing Opportunities

and Market Experience (HOME) survey tracks topical real estate trends and renters and homeowners’ views and aspirations regarding homeownership. Released in December, the quarterly survey showed that at the end of 2017, 76 percent of homeowners think now is a good time to list their home for sale, which is up from a year ago. This data should help potential buyers and sellers better understand the market environment and know what to expect in 2018. “The takeaways from this national survey, combined with local market statistics, should help buyers and sellers who are heading into the market,” Sheridan said. “Armed with this information and the partnership with a local REALTOR®, they can better strategize to achieve their home buying and selling goals.” For the latest information on the Kansas City market, connect with a local REALTOR® who can provide the best advice on getting started. To find a REALTOR® in the Kansas City area visit www.WhichRole.com. SPONSORED CONTENT


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here’s nothing like parking your car and boarding the new Kansas City Streetcar, which took to the rails in 2016. It is a vision that has come to creative fruition by city leaders to help draw people to the vibrant downtown areas overflowing with food, fun, shopping and entertainment. When you board, you can load your bicycle, wheelchair or stroller into the middle car if need be. It is free to ride, and travels the two miles through the heart of downtown and connects to Ride KC buses at either end of the route, and at the 10th and Main Transit Center. A wellspring of discovery awaits you. Make a day of it! Begin at Crown Center with excellent shopping and Lego Land, plus Hall’s Kansas City, and some delights

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from Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery, and then board the street car and head to City Market to the Farmer’s Market for your fresh veggies. Open Saturday and Sunday mornings, fresh foods from our area are showcased in a big way. Then take in the sights along the way and come back to Crown Center for delights at the American Restaurant, Milano Italian Restaurant, d’Bronx Deli, The Crayola Cafe and more. The Mayor’s Christmas tree lighting is a must see, and an ideal time to ride the Streetcar. Or, begin your trip at Union Station, where you can either spend a couple hours watching a 3D movie, or grab a treat at Pierponts or Rocky Mount Chocolate Factory. Parisi Coffee is a perfect pair to any of this, and Science City brings in popular exhibits to peruse for ages one to 101.

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Then, ride a little further down the line and land in the Crossroads Arts District, where you can visit any one of the number of fooderies along the path, such as Torn Label Brewing Company, or Tom’s Town Distilling Company, or Extra Virgin KC, or Café Gratitude for libations and enticing fare. And don’t miss Grinders, which draws and eclectic mix of artist and musicians to its stage and more. Coffee has taken on infamous status in Kansas City, and Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters does not disappoint. Smokestack barbecue is mouthwatering, and Lidia’s is a Kansas City icon. Lidia Bastianich is a

best-selling cookbook author and Emmy award-winning public television host. Make a night of it and enrich your cultural aura with KC Ballet at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, or the Kansas City Symphony and any number of attractions drawn to our downtown. First Fridays, a popular artist gathering and entertainment event that draws thousands the first Friday of each month, is a fun time to ride the Streetcar, where you’ll meet other creative spirits and adventurers. Patti Meier recently moved to the Olde Westport area in midtown Kansas City,

THE STREETCAR IS A GREAT WAY TO QUICKLY TRAVEL FROM UNION STATION OR THE CROSSROADS TO THE RIVER MARKET.

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and while she works from home, her work has often involved travel to other cities across the country. She has ridden the streetcar on several occasions, initially to just see what it was like and how it compares to streetcars in other cities and more recently to avoid downtown or river market parking. “The streetcar is a great way to quickly travel from Union Station or the Crossroads to the River Market. Along the way my husband and I have seen and tried out coffee shops, Brioche Pastry Shop and Tom’s Town Distillery,” Patty says.“We’ve also found shops unique to Kansas City that we love, especially Gallup Map! We’re Airbnb hosts and encourage our out-of-town guests to ride the streetcar. Guests have really enjoyed the free transportation and the ability to hop on and off as they explore Kansas City from Union Station to the River Market and everywhere in between.” Plan your trip and write your own story about your Streetcar adventure! It is one you’ll want to add to again and again. Visit kcstreetcar.org for all the information to help you plan your Streetcar experience.

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If you answered yes to these and other questions about your lifestyle, then it might be time to look for a home in a lifestyle community. These communities offer you the perks that go well beyond your property line. Describing Cedar Creek, a lifestyle community in Olathe, Len Boxler says that living in the community offers residents the opportunity to come home to a vacation every day.With sprawling acres of rolling hills, limestone bluffs, treed valleys, tranquil lakes and undisturbed greenspace, Cedar Creek offers residents swimming pools, tennis courts, indoor t


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gymnasium, jogging and walking trails along with an 18-hole award-winning golf course. Your vacationing at home can also be found North of the River at Cider Mill Ridge at the National in Parkville, Missouri, which offers lifestyle options for families as well as empty-nesters who are finding their new homes in the development that was designed to utilize the green space with a park in the middle of the community, says Dale Brouk,“We stress the importance of a happier, healthier lifestyle.” Residents can join the National Golf Club or its sister Club, The National II or take advantage of the many community amenities including swimming, walking and exercise trails, children’s playground and much more. There are many factors to consider when choosing your new home community – near your job, quality schools, nearby shopping but there are other things to consider. It is also 70

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important to take a look at how you live. If you are an empty-nester, you are going to look for different lifestyle offerings that the young family will find important. For this reason, many lifestyle communities offer amenities that will appeal to you, no matter what stage of life you are in. Creekmoor in Raymore is a lifestyle community which offers amenities that will appeal to every stage of your life.“This unique, friendly, thriving community offers golf and lake living as well as a state of the art clubhouse and fitness center, pool, tennis and trails. There is truly something for everyone,” explains Rosemary Vitale, Reece and Nichols Real Estate. If you are looking for tranquility, many of the lifestyle communities throughout the area offer you the dream you are looking for. For example, Cottonwood Canyon in Lenexa, a golf course community offers the tranquility that many

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homebuyers are looking for according to development manager, Steve Hughes. Like other lifestyle communities in the area, Hughes explains that their development offers residents the feeling of living in the country while still physically living in the city. The open spaces and the physical layout offers residents the tranquility they are looking for. Finally, there is a strong social aspect of living in a community that offers lifestyle amenities including golf, swimming, clubhouse, fitness centers, tennis walking trails and more. As a newcomer to the area, making social connections for you and your family is an added perk you will enjoy for years to come. n

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he first glimpse of Cedar Creek will astound you, in every way. Since its inception in 1989, you’ll notice nothing has been left undone, from big and small details that have been built in, to the romance and charm, to the lovely homes in this unique living community. When Matt and Rachelle Hirsch decided to buy a new home, they were already familiar with Cedar Creek but hadn’t spent much time in the community. After they drove through the lush, inviting surroundings, they fell in love with the neighborhood—and the rest, as they say, was history. “It’s just a beautiful place,” Matt exclaimed. Three newly opened neighborhoods give you all the fodder you need to imagine

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yourself here. Literally, every evening and weekend become a vacation with all the amenities available for you and your family. The community’s extensive, resort-style amenities package is the perfect antidote to hectic school and work schedules. Spend time in one of two swimming pools, enjoy a sunset stroll around the 65-acre Shadow Lake or gather friends and family for a round at the award-winning, 18-hole Shadow Glen Golf Club. Homeowners also have access to a free-form swimming pool, four lighted tennis courts, a second swimming pool in the Southglen neighborhood, jogging and walking trails, the Swim & Racquet Club and an indoor gymnasium that’s equipped for basketball, volleyball, aerobics and a performance stage. t

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Ken Rosberg, President and Supervising Broker, Cedar Creek Realty, LLC, is aptly nicknamed “Mr. Cedar Creek.” He related, “As one of the most sought-after places to live, Cedar Creek was designed with style, value and tranquility in mind, offering a unique living environment not found elsewhere in Johnson County. The dramatic architectural style artfully blends with the community’s sprawling acres of rolling hills, limestone bluffs, treed valleys, tranquil lakes and undisturbed greenspace. Home buyers will find an abundant and varied selection of gorgeous home settings including walkouts, daylights and flat home sites.” Every builder who builds here feels a sense of family.“There’s an exclusivity that comes with Cedar Creek, but at the same time, you can live there in the $400,000s,” reflected Steve Trued of Tabernacle Homes.“It’s not one of those neighborhoods that’s simply out of reach. Our feeling is that a home is important to a family, whether it’s their first home or their dream home. We’re not stuck in just one price range. t

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THE NEIGHBORHOODS INCLUDE: Hidden Lake Estates, which offers an impressive selection of home sites for discriminating home buyers. Scenic, wooded views with home sites ranging to over an acre in size are available in this neighborhood of 49 sites. Currently, you can choose from a variety of speculative homes from award-winning builders, including Don Julian Builders, Roeser Homes, Inc., Bickimer Homes, James Engle Custom Homes, LDH Construction, Inc., Larson Building Co., C&M Builders and Starr Homes.

The Ridge at Shadow Glen, a maintenance-provided neighborhood, offers 42 unique homesites. The Ridge features the last homesites along award winning Shadow Glen Golf Course and spectacular wooded valley views with walkout, daylight and flat home site options. Model and speculative homes by Roeser Homes, Prairie Homes, Starr Homes, Tabernacle Homes, Kessler Custom Homes, ACM Homes and Curt Riley Homes offer beautiful, innovative floor plans.

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Valley Ridge’s initial phase offers 58 very desirable sites.Valley Ridge will consist of over 300 homes when completed. Model and speculative homes by New Mark Homes, Roeser Homes, James Engle Custom Homes, C&M Builders, Inc., Gabriel Homes, Tabernacle Homes and ACM Homes offer beautiful, innovative floor plans. Homes from the mid $400s to over $750,000


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The Meadows at Valley Ridge are Cedar Creek’s newest maintenance-provided neighborhood, offering 27 unique homesites. The Meadows features the first phase of 135 total homesites. Model and speculative homes by Gabriel Homes, Hogan Homes and Kessler Custom Homes offer stunning original floor plans. Homes from the upper $300s to over $400,000

Cedar Creek is open to approved builders, however, new homeowners could be better served to utilize the talents of their team of featured builders, who are experienced in dealing with the natural wooded and rolling terrain, site requirements and architectural details of this locale. They also work closely with their buyers to design a custom-built home that fits the topography and blends in with the natural beauty. Cedar Creek is served by the Olathe School District, including Olathe West High School, Mission Trail Junior High School, and Cedar Creek Elementary School. The community is also within close proximity to St. James Academy Catholic High School. To visit Cedar Creek, take K-10 to the Cedar Creek Parkway exit, then go south by the stone and waterfall entrance and the neighborhood’s natural beauty to the sales center located in the beautiful clubhouse. For more information, contact Ken Rosberg, Jeff Sheppard or Linda Cahow at 913-829-6500 or visit CedarCreek-KC.com. n

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hen you think about a suburb of Kansas City, there are many ideas that probably pop into your head, and terms like sleepy, bedroom community and even boring may come to mind. Throw all those perceived notions out the proverbial window this instant when you think about Lee’s Summit! This community has grown leaps and bounds through recent years, namely because of leaders that believe in and love their city. Lee’s Summit wants to build a reputation as an innovation-minded city, and one of the organizations helping to propel the city forward is Velocity Lee’s Summit, a nonprofit, which focuses on business advocacy for startups. It was formed in 2015 after then-Mayor Randy Rhoads and the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce identified a deficiency in connecting community resources to the startup and entrepreneurial community. A task force determined that the best way to serve local startups was through hosting events and educational programming, which current Mayor Bill Baird believes in whole-heartedly. Another winning organization is Summit Technology Academy (STA), and instructor, Lisa Oyler, heads this Lee’s Summit R-7 School District group. STA opened its doors 20 years ago in 1999 in the building on Chipman Road that was formerly the Western Electric building.

The school opened with one course, Principles of Technology, which has since evolved into their engineering program. The second year they added computer science.  “I began working at STA 18 years ago in the Fall of 2001 to teach computer courses related to the CompTIA national certifications for computer hardware and computer networking,” Oyler explained. “After the first year we became a Cisco Networking Academy program and started teaching internetworking or IT courses. As the years passed the school added programs that were considered high demand or technology related and we now offer traditional engineering, biomedical, nursing and other medically related as well as digital media, computer science both programming and networking. We also have a course focused on international business.”  In 2011 the computer science program moved from hardware and operating system courses to primarily internetworking and telecommunication, as well as cyber security.  As an instructor in the Cisco Networking Academy at both STA and Metropolitan Community College, Oyler had been through the required training for the Cisco Security course and so obtained approval to add it as a course which she began teaching that year. At that same time, she happened to get an e-mail from DESE in Missouri regarding the CyberPatriot competition.  t KC RELO

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She asked her class if they wanted to participate and they said yes, and they have been competing since that time. This will be their ninth year of participating in the competition. “There is a huge shortage of cyber security talent, but it is growing rapidly, and the shortage is significant. A year ago, I was hearing from industry partners that there were 1 million jobs in cyber globally, and by next year it’s expected to exceed 3.5 million jobs,” she continued.  They started CyberPatriot in 2011 one team of seven students. In 2015 they recruited and started middle school teams and have increased the number of students in the program to around 25 teams the last two years.  Over the years they have had seven teams make it to the national finals. Five of those were high school teams who placed fifth twice, third twice, were the national champions once,

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took the Cisco Networking Championship three years straight in 2013, 14 and 15, and had the second place middle school team in the nation in 2016, and had the number one middle school in the nation in 2017. “We have had great success! The competition numbers keep growing rapidly each year and this past year in our high school division there were 3,300 teams. The entire purpose of CyberPatriot is to get kids into STEM-related courses and degrees, and to fill the need for cyber security professionals in both the public and private sector.” There were 1,978 teams in their division when they took first place that year. Only 12 teams make it to nationals, so it is very difficult. This past year their best team was 21st, last year 13th and the year before 16th so they are always competitive.  Another area in which Lee’s Summit excels is its entertainment opportunities and offerings. Tede Price, Superintendent t

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of Recreation/Special Events, explains that Lee’s Summit Parks & Recreation has something for every age and every season! With 32 parks, four community centers, an aquatic center, two splashpads, an amphitheater, multiple acres of green space and an outdoor ice rink, it’s easy to find something to do no matter what time of year.

The community centers offer many amenities for all patrons to enjoy. With a competitive pricing structure for Lee’s Summit residents and non-residents, patrons will be able to have membership at all four facilities for the price of one. The newest addition, Longview Community Center, provides a gymnasium used for basketball, volleyball, pickleball and group fitness, as well as an eight-lane, 25-yard lap pool with two diving boards, a hot tub, a personal training studio, free weights, circuit weights, cardio equipment, aerobics and cycle studios, an indoor walking track and a childcare area. The facility also has brand new bikes to use for free to tour around the Longview area. Gamber Community Center offers outdoor fitness equipment, a beautiful gazebo on the back porch, bocce ball, t KC RELO

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croquet, ping pong and billiard tables. The facility also has indoor fitness equipment and a ball room for rental opportunities! Harris Park Community Center hosts many of our recreational programs with its three full-sized basketball courts and two multi-use rooms. All of the facility’s spaces are available for rent for parties, team building events, business meetings and more! Finally, Legacy Park Community Center accommodates all ages for all seasons. The center provides a gymnasium used for basketball, volleyball, pickleball and group fitness, as well as racquetball courts, an indoor aquatics area with a lap pool, leisure pool and hot tub, a personal training studio, free weights, circuit weights, cardio equipment, aerobics studio, an elevated walking track and a childcare area. It also offers free paddleboards, canoes and bicycles to rent and take for a ride at Legacy Park Lake or the trails around Legacy Park. Lee’s Summit has one of the largest aquatic’s facilities in the metro. 94

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Summit Waves, on the corner of Jefferson street and 50 Highway, includes a 906 “action river,” children’s water playground, two water slides, a six-lane lap pool, bath house, concession area, expansive deck area, shade structures and much more. Both season and day passes are available. Family Nights will be on June 10, July 15 and August 5, 2019. There will be games, giveaways, a DJ and more! The facility is also in the process of developing a wave pool to open next summer. Lee’s Summit parks are some of the best in the metro. The newly renovated Lea McKeighan Park, located on the north

side of Chipman and Douglas Road, showcases an outdoor ice-skating rink (Summit Ice) in the winter and three pickleball courts in the summer. It also offers the newest splashpad, a low ropes course, skate park, four lighted sand volleyball courts, shelter, concession and restroom building and a .5-mile trail. The park to the south of Chipman features a .6-mile trail, Jungle Gym, Zip Line, open green space for passive or active recreation, shelter and restrooms. As for other parks with the splashpad feature, Miller J. Fields boasts Lee’s Summit’s first one and more. With two large playgrounds, three ball diamonds t KC RELO

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and two shelters, this is one of the summer’s most popular spots. Lee’s Summit’s parks are also great for your dogs! Dogwood Park features a spray ground, a comfort station for the humans and five acres for canines to run around a .3-mile paved trail. Happy Tails Dog Park continues to be popular and includes a human playground just outside the enclosed area, a .3-mile paved trail, an agility area and comfort station. For events and concerts, Legacy Park Amphitheater is Lee’s Summit’s prime entertainment venue. With acts including country stars Sara Evans, Shooter Jennings, Ben Haggard, fun events like Celebration of the Arts, Jazz artist, Julian Vaugh, and children events like Mr. Stinky Feet and Animals at the AMP; Legacy Park Amphitheater hosts stellar talent from across the world! The facility also is available to rent for weddings, corporate events and more! 96

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Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation has many events held throughout the year at all of their venues. Such events like Night Flight, a 5k run under the stars May 31 at Legacy Park Amphitheater. They also have Tour de Lakes June 22, a bicycle event that tours five lakes in the Kansas City area starting at Longview Community Center. On July 3 Legacy Blast, a fireworks celebration is enjoyed by more than 20,000 patrons in Legacy Park.

and see what we do. Plus, we could be a part of the ongoing revitalization of downtown.,” Eames explained.

Downtown Lee’s Summit is home to a plethora of local businesses, restaurants and centers. One of these is Fossil Forge, which Dave Eames started in his garage back in 2003. In 2015, with his next-door neighbors and business partners, he was able to buy a vacant building in downtown LS. This was a crucial step in the growth of the business.

We love being a part of the community and neighborhood of Downtown LS. It was the key reason we chose this place to raise our families and start our businesses,” he continued.“Downtown is filled with history, character and wonderful people. There are so many stories around each corner. But it is not stuck in the past; all of us are working hard to guide our neighborhood forward. Downtown LS is a place people care about and protect. We believe it is the cultural and creative heart of our city.” t

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Another vital part of downtown LS is Bridge Space, which was completed in August 2018. Bridge Space offers tools, resources, expertise, productivity, and the opportunity for entrepreneurs to grow and accelerate their success and gives them direct contact with the broader business community. As an economic development project, this co-working space and entrepreneur incubator was developed in the old, now restored, Post Office in Downtown Lee’s Summit. Bridge Space not only serves the members of its ecosystem but also the surrounding 98

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community and economy. In its first eight months, Bridge Space results have exceeded expectations, and more than 100 businesses and entrepreneurs, as well as thousands of visitors and community members have embraced it. Bridge Space provides entrepreneurs the resources, community, and confidence to start and grow businesses, which ultimately solves relevant problems, meets unmet needs in our society, and creates jobs. The Bridge Space strategy for economic development focuses on helping businesses grow, creating jobs, and helping entrepreneurs access training to connect to their success. Beyond offering in-demand, flexible office spaces, Bridge Space provides a creative, supportive, and interactive environment for entrepreneurs to access tools and resources onsite to accelerate small-business success. The three full-time staff members at Bridge Space serve as de facto concierges of small-business resources, which are expertly curated and

offered by KCSourceLink, MOSourceLink, and other local and regional partners. In addition, Bridge Space members benefit from organic, peer-to-peer collaboration, and knowledge sharing across industries. Bridge Space owner and president, Ben Rao, served as the project leader, and his vision was clear from the project’s inception in 2015. Rao oversaw the ultimate transformation of a vacant, historic building in the heart of Downtown Lee’s Summit into a creatively designed and purposefully constructed a beautiful, functional community asset. Companies that call Bridge Space home have grown their teams, increased their prices, created partnerships and collaborations, and participated in dozens of free educational programs to learn more about business and to advance their levels of entrepreneurship. These start-up businesses have become part of a larger entrepreneurial


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community and ecosystem. In addition to increasing the property tax base of Lee’s Summit, the Bridge Space co-working and entrepreneur incubation ecosystem offers a significant cash influx of indirect economic development into the Lee’s Summit community through its members’ and guests’ patronage of other local businesses. The Bridge Space community buys gas, groceries, and rents or buys housing in the area. They shop at Main Street retail outlets and eat and drink at

local restaurants on their way to and from work. On average, Bridge Space members and guests spend are spending at least $1000/week in the downtown business district. In addition to increasing revenue spent within the Lee’s Summit community, Bridge Space is activating and broadening awareness of downtown Lee’s Summit. During the 18-month construction period, Bridge Space had hundreds of contractors from more than 40 companies working in downtown Lee’s Summit, and most of those workers ate lunch in downtown restaurants. In April 2019, Bridge Space was recognized by the state of Missouri for the Preserve Missouri Award in Jefferson City. Bridge Space is supporting jobs and bringing more traffic to the downtown business district. More than 6,000 people have been through the building in the first six months, and in their first year, members and guests will spend more than $100,000. As an ecosystem that houses 75 local business that are in walking distance to Main Street, Bridge Space is committed to attracting, retaining, and cultivating new startups and businesses, creating new collaborations, and fostering social enterprises in Lee’s Summit. More than 400 hours of conference room time and event space usage have happened in downtown Lee’s Summit, including ribbon cuttings, strategic planning sessions, and city, regional, and national events. Bridge Space is on pace to have 125 businesses in the building by the end of the year, each having between one and six employees. The enticing Bridge Space referral program rewards community members who refer new business to them to receive a gift card to downtown Main Street stores. “To date, we have purchased about $1000 in gifts cards,” Rao confirmed.“Additionally, Bridge Space is devoted to philanthropy. We have donated space for 50-plus hours of philanthropic events and over $10,000 in donations have been driven from events at Bridge Space. Bridge Space is providing benefits that will aid the economic success for our region and state, but mostly for downtown Main Street.” Whatever you are searching for, you can n certainly discover it in Lee’s Summit!

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The state of magazines is sticky, 43 minutes per issue sticky. Media continue to proliferate. Attention spans continue to shrink. And free content is available everywhere, from the Internet to the insides of elevators. Why then are 93% of American adults still so attached to magazines? Why do so many people, young and old, spend so much time with a medium that’s paper and ink, a medium you actually have to pay for in order to read? In a word, engagement. Reading a magazine remains a uniquely intimate and immersive experience. Not only is magazine readership up, readers spend an average of 43 minutes per issue. Further, those 43 minutes of attention are typically undivided. Among all media–––digital or analog–––magazine readers are least likely to engage in another activity while reading. (Advertisers, take note.) Stickiness. Another demonstration of the power of magazines.


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eveloping new relationships is what the relocation process is all about. On the list of new relationships you will soon need to develop is with financial institutions whether it is with a traditional bank or a credit union. While many know the wonderful options that traditional banks offer, many people are not aware that they can take advantage of the options that are available to them through credit unions. Membership in credit unions is available to groups with common bonds such as employee groups of specific companies, groups of public service, school employees or an area of residence.

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WHILE MANY KNOW THE WONDERFUL OPTIONS THAT TRADITIONAL BANKS OFFER, MANY PEOPLE ARE NOT AWARE THAT THEY CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE OPTIONS THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO THEM THROUGH CREDIT UNIONS.

According to Mark Thompson, Mazuma Credit Union,“The biggest difference between a bank and a credit union is that Credit Unions are not-for-profits that exist to serve its members.” Like other financial institutions, the federal government stands behind credit unions and deposits are insured up to $250,000. Like banks, credit unions accept deposits, make loans and offer an array of other financial services. According to Letha Higgins, Frontier Community Credit Union, selecting a Credit Union is not difficult. She explains

that it is important to research their membership requirements. “Develop a list of credit unions in the area,” said Higgins.“Then narrow your search by researching eligibility, services offered and fees charged by credit unions. She goes on to say that if you are in the market for a specific loan, research to see if the loan is issued by the credit union. As with anything you are researching, once you have nailed down your results, narrow the list down by comparing interest rates and specials to see who has the best deal. t

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Other things to keep in mind when doing your research is the availability of online services, weekday and weekend hours, branch, along with ATM locations.“Some credit unions belong to a nationwide network of credit unions for shared services,” explains Higgins.“It might mean more access to ATMs and other services while traveling or if you have children attending college in other cities.” Like most of the banks in the area, credit unions in the area are heavily involved in the communities they serve. Mazuma Credit Union calls their involvement “Corporate Social Responsibility.” Thompson explains that it is their way to make Kansas City a better place to live. “This is our commitment to contribute to the social and economic development of the communities we serve.” Mazuma Credit Union focuses on financial education, the Arts and Community Development. He proudly says that their employees have volunteered 4,663 hours. Like Mazuma, Frontier Community Credit Union is heavily involved in the community including funding for the Leavenworth Public Schools for their band programs. The credit union is committed to the area by offering financial education and has a program that contributes $100 for each

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new mortgage the credit union originates to the Leavenworth Shelter of Hope, to help with their efforts to improve the quality of life for the homeless in the community. Community America Credit Union For over 75 years, we’ve been providing financial peace of mind to Kansas Citians. We offer a full-suite of financial products and services including our member favorites like Cashback Free Checking, High-Interest Savings and an awesome mobile banking app. Above all else, we share our profits with our members through great rates, lower fees and our Profit Payout. So if you live or work in Kansas City, you can become a member too.Visit CommunityAmerica.com to get started.

Frontier Community Credit Union We’re a modern financial institution with a unique structure, so you get convenience and personalized service. For us, it’s about being a trusted partner who knows how to turn financial goals into amazing outcomes! Ultimately, our goal is to improve the quality of life in our communities, and we have helped hardworking people achieve their dreams and live better lives since 1954. Anyone living or working in Leavenworth, Atchison, Jefferson, Douglas, Johnson or Wyandotte counties, as well as military or federal civil service personnel who reside within a 100-mile radius of Fort Leavenworth, is eligible to join.Visit frontierccu.org to learn more or open an account.

United Consumers Credit Union For more than 70 years, United Consumers Credit Union has provided services to our community members as a cooperative, not-for-profit financial institution. We offer the same accounts you would find at a traditional bank, but instead of focusing on profits, the credit union promotes thrift and financial stability. UCCU serves anyone who lives in Jackson, Buchanan, Cass, or Clay Counties or the city of Cameron, Missouri, as well as those who live, work or worship in Johnson County, Kansas. Becoming a member of UCCU means you are an Owner not just a number. n

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ho can resist the pull of the loudest stadium in the NFL, Arrowhead Stadium, or the crack of the bat when Gordon hits a home run for the Royals at the K, or the excitement of Sporting KC? Whether you choose to back them all, or focus on one, there is no end to the magic.


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IT IS HARD NOT TO BE A SPORTS FAN IN KANSAS CITY.

You cannot go anywhere in the city without seeing Kansas City Royal blue on someone’s shirt, hat, car or house. This team warmed the collective heart of the city when they pulled together and won the World Series in 2015. The parade held to celebrate the championship drew 800,000 plus, an event that turned the area near Union Station into a sea of blue, screaming fans. Since then, players have become household names and though the wins have not been as plentiful, fans of all ages continue to flock to games at Kauffman Stadium in record numbers. Let’s go Royals! Do you know how to do the tomahawk chop? It’s much more fun with thousands of other Kansas City Chiefs fans at Arrowhead Stadium. And the past few seasons saw the team make a good run and play in the playoffs. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes was named the 2018 NFL MVP, leading the Chiefs to the AFC Championship game. Chiefs players raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for worthwhile charities every year. And make hearts beat faster on the field! Are you ready for some football? Indoor football, that is. The Kansas City Phantoms are bringing this action-packed sport

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Gentlemen, and women, start your engines! The Kansas Speedway brings professional NASCAR to our area.The track seats over 63,000, and a unique ground level concourse that allows fans to walk down 30 rows or up 35 rows. Parking is free, and the 1.5-mile track is strategically located at the intersection of I-435 in Kansas City, Kansas, about 15 miles west of downtown Kansas City. Coolers are welcome, and there’s no better place to camp and tailgate than the Speedway during race season. The Missouri Mavericks are in their eighth season as a professional hockey franchise serving the greater Kansas City metro. Last season, the Mavericks made a historic run winning the Brabham Cup leading the ECHL with 52 regular season wins before losing in the second round to the eventual league champion Allen Americans. The Mavs have made playoff appearances in six of their first seven seasons, and received such awards as the 2014 Bud Poile Governor’s Cup with 44 regular season wins, and numerous community and league awards over the years, including the Harry S. Truman Special Community Service Recognition Award by the City of Independence, and claiming CHL Franchise of the Year in four consecutive seasons. As the AA affiliate of the NHL’s New York Islanders, fans see some amazing talent at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, off I70 and 470. Sporting Kansas City is one of the most successful soccer clubs in the United States, winning six major championships since joining Major League Soccer as a charter member in 1996. Home to several national team players including Matt Besler, Graham Zusi and Benny Feilhaber, Sporting KC most recently hosted the 2013 MLS Cup and the 2015 U.S. Open Cup. The club plays its home 108

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to fans. The newest professional arena football team in Kansas City took the field this year at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, where the Missouri Mavericks play. The home opener is March 17 and the season runs through June 9. In its second season, the team plays in the Champions Indoor Football (CIF) Conference, which houses 17 teams. Many local athletes comprise the team and excitement is contagious. To keep up with this new team, follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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matches at state-of-the-art Children’s Mercy Park, one of the premier soccer-specific stadiums in North America. Sporting Kansas City’s game day experience is unparalleled, offering fans premier sports entertainment in an electric atmosphere. If your kiddos want to get involved with soccer, make sure you look into the many venues available to them. The Heartland Soccer Association has over 80,000 players kicking the soccer ball around local fields across the area and the United States. Heartland plays at two world class turf facilities, Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex and Swope Soccer Village, as well as grass fields at Heritage Soccer Park and Legacy Soccer Park. Gateway Village is another soccer destination in Grandview, Missouri, and there are 14 fields in the new soccer complex and entertainment village coming to 470 and View High Drive in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Find one for you and your kiddos and get involved. Kansas City is such a sports town with all the local and nearby schools. Visit the University of Missouri Tigers just up the road in Columbia, the world-renowned Kansas University Jayhawks in Lawrence and K-State Wildcats, both just a jaunt into Kansas. University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) is located downtown, and the Kangaroos draw crowds for basketball and volleyball. In addition, our local high schools have a strong following and you won’t be disappointed in the passion of fans and players. Whoever you root for, there are amazing games to choose from. Suffice it to say that the area has something for everyone, no matter what sport they choose. Being a diehard fan is a way of life in Kansas City. So be ready to let your voice be heard! n

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Living The Kansas City metro is home to some of the finest Senior Living options available. The Baby Boomers have been influencing buying decisions for decades. As this influential generation moves into retirement, they have expectations that their community will reflect their active lifestyle as they age. They want their senior lifestyle to include neighborhoods focused on wellness, socialization, and lifestyle. t

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With so many options across the metro, seniors have a plethora of benefits to consider to include wellness, social and lifestyle. Some communities also include full concierge services. Most communities also offer residents the ability to transition into new life phases as needed. Take a look at what a few of the local communities have to offer. One might be perfect for you or your favorite senior.

Addington Place Assisted Living With three locations in the metro, Addington Place offers several options. You can visit a location in Lee’s Summit, North at Shoal Creek and Prairie Village. Depending on the level of care that is needed, each resident enjoys a comforting blend of the independence they want, with the assistance they need. Their expertly-trained staff provides support based upon the individual care plan of each resident.

Benton House

With six locations in the metro, Benton House offers seniors the options to be close to family members.You can visit a location in Blue Springs, Raymore, Olathe, Lenexa, and North in Staley Hills and Tiffany Springs. While each community is unique, Age does not diminish the basic human desire for independence, dignity and choice. Benton House seeks to fulfill for seniors what we all want each and every day—to be happy and healthy, to continue to contribute, and to have a voice in the direction of our lives.

Bickford Senior Living

With four locations in the metro Benton House offers seniors many options.You can visit a location in Overland Park, Mission, Olathe and Raytown. Nothing can replace home. At Bickford of Overland Park, they don’t ask you to give up your home, your treasures, your memories. Instead, they want you to bring the pieces of the home you love into ours and make it yours.

Colonial Village

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include dignity, quality, choices, respect and community into what they provide every day. Their independent living residences feature expansive, light-filled floor plans with full kitchens and modern conveniences.

Healthcare Resorts

With three locations in the metro Healthcare Resorts offers seniors several options.You can visit a location in Leawood, Kansas City and Olathe. The Healthcare Resort is changing the way that healthcare is being delivered. With the


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fusion of world-class healthcare and personalized hospitality, you encounter an experience that is truly unique and memorable.

Holiday Retirement

With two locations in the metro Holiday Retirement offers seniors many choices and options.You can visit a location in Lenexa and Kansas City. Holiday communities encourage residents to live life on their terms, free of daily chores. Every day, residents enjoy chef prepared meals, purposeful and fun programs, local transportation and no long term commitments.

Lakeview Village

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their spacious Villas and Patio Homes, they are always looking for new ways to serve active adults. They offer a variety of maintenance-free apartments, garden cottages and twin homes.

Linden Woods Village / Westchester Village

With two locations in the metro, Linden Woods Village and Westchester Village offers numerous options.You can visit a location in Gladstone or Lenexa. At Linden Woods Village, their staff has a philosophy of care that is implemented into the every-day operations. Their philosophy is to include dignity, quality, choices, respect and community into what they provide every day.

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& Healthcare, is the newest, luxury retirement community in Prairie Village, Kansas. Mission Chateau spans 18.4 gated acres, offering the finest country club style senior living community in Johnson County. To meet the diverse lifestyle and health care needs of seniors, the rentalbased community will offer Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care residential options that exemplify the highest standards in senior living and wellness design.

Norterre

Norterre is the first community of its kind born from a vision where young families, active adults, and seniors can live, heal, and play together all in one interconnected neighborhood. With deep experience in healthy living, multigenerational residences and healthcare, they decided to work together

and create something special. The result is a new kind of community that will bring even more pride to the City of Liberty and the entire Northland area.

Spectrum Retirement Communities

With two locations in the metro, Spectrum Retirement Communities offers many options.You can visit a location in Overland Park or Shawnee. They are proud to promote an environment where staff members take pride and responsibility for every aspect of their community and the service they provide to their residents. Spectrum offers seniors a unique opportunity to enjoy affordable luxury living in highly desirable locations with easy access to shopping, medical facilities and local residential neighborhoods.

Tallgrass

Located in Overland Park, Tallgrass Creek, a private, 65-acre retirement community is


minutes from Kansas City and the Kansas and Missouri border. The boast that you will find everything you need to live a worry-free lifestyle packed with potential. Tallgrass Creek has dozens of residentrun clubs and activities—plus on-campus continuing care for your future health care needs.

The Grand Estates on Greenwood

Located in Overland Park, At The Grand Estates on Greenwood, they offer spacious one and two bedroom senior apartments. Their community offers exquisite living for seasoned citizens along with many events and activities to enhance their resident’s social and physical health. Floor plans feature a private patio or balcony, window coverings, in unit washer and dryer, fully equipped kitchens with plenty of counter space and storage, along with walk-in showers or shower/tub units.

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Located in Overland Park, At Sheridan at Overland Park, their Kansas senior community residents pursue their

passions within a lively, social atmosphere. They enjoy chef-prepared meals with friends in the elegant dining room, play games in the living rooms, get creative in the art studio, and exercise in the fitness center and physical therapy spaces.

Westchester Village

Located in Lenexa, Westchester Village offers seniors the opportunity to enjoy a dynamic lifestyle packed with leisure and social activities. Residential independent living offers the privacy of your own home without the troubles of its care and maintenance. Their independent living residences feature expansive, light-filled floor plans with full kitchens and modern conveniences.

The Fairways of Ironhorse

Nestled in the picturesque, gently rolling terrain of Ironhorse Golf Club, the Fairways of Ironhorse awaits in Leawood. Stunning golf course views, country club level amenities and voice-activate smart suites compliment the full-concierge living experience. Inside you’ll be delighted and

pampered at every turn. That’s because the Fairways of Ironhorse is far from a typical independent living destination. Instead, the Fairways of Ironhorse offers the nation’s first Boutique Retirement Club TM that’s thoughtfully designed to immerse you in an enriching, fulfilling lifestyle. The Fairways of Ironhorse is thrilled to partner with premier restaurateur, PB&J, to offer an unsurpassed dining experience that’s a short stroll from your suite. Additional services include complimentary valet, monthly car wash, grocery delivery, pet walking and plant watering.

Silvercrest

With two locations in the metro, Spectrum Retirement Communities offers several options.You can visit a location in Overland Park or Lenexa. Their independent living communities provide a comfortable atmosphere for seniors who are looking to maintain an independent lifestyle that doesn’t include the daily hassles of maintenance, regular n housekeeping, or cooking.

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ansas Citians have always supported local restaurateurs and these restaurateurs have supported Kansas Citians with great food.You will soon discover why these are some of Kansas City’s iconic restaurants. Dixon’s Famous Chili, located on Highway 40 in Independence gained exposure to the rest of the world when Life magazine featured a story about frequent customer President Harry Truman and his secret service men’s trip to the restaurant. Dixon ‘s unique Chili is served the same way it was served in 1915 on a plate with beans on the bottom, then the homemade specially seasoned chili meat. Your t KC RELO

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While you will visit Dixon’s Famous Chili for its unique chili, burgers or all-you-can eat tacos, you will also be impressed with their fast and friendly atmosphere where you can grab a seat at the counter in front of the chili being dished or at a table. Walking in the door of a Gates Bar-BQue restaurant, you are immediately greeted by a person behind the counter saying “Hi, may I help you?” With three locations in Kansas City, Missouri; one in Kansas, Kansas and one in Leawood, Kansas, your craving for Gates Bar-B-Que can be easily satisfied. Gate’s menu offers barbeques lovers a wide assortment of choices from its sandwiches to its ribs and from its chicken to its beef and sausages that will make you come back for more. Make sure you try all three of Gates’ Bar-B-Que sauce flavors and you will find out why Gates Barbeque is a favorite place for Kansas City barbeque.

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Garozzo’s Ristorante has been the Italian restaurant of choice since Michael Garozzo moved to Kansas City in 1989 and opened its first restaurant in Columbus Park, Kansas City’s historic Italian neighborhood. Today, in addition to that the Columbus Park location, there are locations in Lee’s Summit and Overland Park. A trip to Garozzo’s would not be complete without trying the restaurant’s signature dish, chicken spiedini. The marinated chicken breast that is rolled

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in bread crumbs, skewed and grilled has become a Kansas City staple. Since opening in 1975, Ponak’s Mexican Kitchen has served more than 280,000 gallons of margaritas and 6 million tacos. Ponak’s Mexican Kitchens recipes are influenced by the Sonora region of Mexico, steeped in tradition and flavor for hundreds of years. With margaritas on tap, an extensive menu and its friendly casual atmosphere, Ponak’s is as authentic as it gets. On your first visit, you will discover why Ponak’s has been the recipient of many local media awards including the Best Ethnic Restaurant, Best Margarita, Best Tacos and Best Tamales.

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Well-known restaurant critic Calvin Trillin’s article about Jess and Jim’s Steak House in Playboy magazine in 1972 brought national fame to the restaurant that had been the “go to” restaurant for Kansas Citians since 1938.

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Paying homage to Playboy magazine for honoring them in 2001 as one of the twelve Steakhouses in America, Jess and Jim’s features the Playboy Strip, which is 25 ounces of pure beef goodness. A 30 ounce porterhouse also entices heartier appetites, but for those with smaller apetities try the tender filet mignon, ribeye, sirloin, T-bone, porterhouse or the KC Strip. No matter what you choose, you will soon realize why Jess and Jim’s is known for its steaks. Coffee roasting is the art of unlocking the quality and flavor of each coffee bean and you soon realize this art has been perfected when you visit the Roasterie Cafes found in Brookside, Leawood and the Factory Café in downtown Kansas City. For the fifth year, the Roasterie Cafes have been voted as the City’s Best Coffee House.

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While customer service is the backbone of this family-owned business, the prime aged beef steaks that are cut fresh daily continue to be one of Kansas City’s choices for steak.

Coffee connoisseurs will taste the difference with their first cup of airroasted coffee from the Roasterie. The cafes’ knowledgeable and customer service-focused staff make you feel like you found a home. Pastries, bagels and cookies complement the vast array of coffee, teas and other specialty drink selections. It will be love at first sip. For more than 80 years, Kansas Citians have flocked to Stroud’s Restaurant & Bar who coined the phrase,“We choke our own chickens.”With locations in Fairway, Overland Park, Independence and North of the River, Stroud’s Restaurant & Bar has been a Kansas City favorite since 1933. Still locally owned, their vision continues with home cooked family meals in a fun friendly atmosphere. Through the years, Stroud’s has received numerous national awards including the James Beard Award for Excellence and the Zagat Award and has been featured on numerous national television appearances. After your first t

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visit, you will be hooked on the pan fried chicken along with the cottage-fries, green beans, gravy and their mouth-watering cinnamon rolls which accompany all dinner menu items. When many Kansas Citians think of hamburgers, they think of Winstead’s. A quote in the Wall Street Journal says it all – “They do not sell hamburgers by the billion.You cannot “supersize” your meal. They are a household word only in Kansas City. But Calvin Trillin was right: Winstead’s has the world’s best hamburgers.

Thin freshly ground steak burgers, courteous fast service are the reason Kansas Citians have continued to be loyal customers along with the French fries, onion rings, chocolate frosty are the reasons you will soon be a Winstead’s devotee.

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he Kansas City area is home to upto-date, top notch healthcare and professionals.This helpful listing will aid you in finding what you need in your new community.Whether you need excellent care for your children, elderly care, family emergency care or health advice, the helpful mentality of these professionals and the consistent improvements and research being done will never let you down. And they will always make you feel better! HCA Midwest Health is the Kansas City area’s largest network and recognized leader in healthcare, consisting of seven hospitals, 10 emergency rooms, 11 urgent cares, outpatient centers, clinics, physician practices, surgery centers and an array of other services with more than 150 convenient access points. HCA Midwest Health facilities serving the Kansas City area include Belton Regional Medical

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Center, Centerpoint Medical Center, Lafayette Regional Health Center, Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Research Medical Center and Research Psychiatric Center. Known throughout the region for comprehensive care and advanced

THE KANSAS CITY AREA IS HOME TO UP-TO-DATE, TOP NOTCH HEALTHCARE AND PROFESSIONALS.

treatments for cancers of all types, HCA Midwest Health is proud to partner with the Sarah Cannon cancer network, the cancer service line of HCA, and a leader in world-class cancer care. The Sarah Cannon HCA Midwest Health cancer network is anchored by our four accredited hospitals: Belton Regional Medical Center, Centerpoint Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center, Research Medical Center, and complemented by numerous cancer care outreach sites located in communities throughout metropolitan Kansas City and the surrounding areas. HCA Midwest Health offers the area’s only network of award-winning, accredited chest pain centers, which improves the survival of a heart attack by 37 percent. In addition, HCA Midwest Health offers leading-edge services in neonatal care, neurosciences, pediatrics, rehabilitation, robotic surgery, sleep disorders, spine care,


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sports medicine, trauma care, weight loss surgery and women’s care, among others. HCA Midwest Health’s medical staff of more than 2000 doctors represents 60 medical specialties, ensuring you and your family receives high-quality, compassionate, patient-centered care. Above all else, as the premier healthcare destination in the Kansas City area, HCA Midwest Health is committed to the care and improvement of human life. For more than half a century, North Kansas City Hospital (NCKH) has been the Northland’s preferred healthcare provider. NKCH is an acute-care facility with 451 licensed beds and 550 physicians representing 49 medical specialties. From a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, to award-winning cardiovascular and orthopedic programs, to home health and hospice, NKCH provides a lifetime of care. NCKH offers advanced treatment options, including world class cancer care through a partnership with the region’s only National Cancer Institute-designated program. Through its Meritas Health subsidiary, NKCH offers the largest network of healthcare providers in the Northland, with more than 110 primary and specialty care physicians in 30 convenient locations, including an express care clinic in the Liberty Hy-Vee store.

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The hospital’s mission, vision and values reflect a strong commitment to the health and well-being of the Northland community and beyond. Last year, NKCH sponsored 60 charitable and community organizations and served more than 24,000 people through its dynamic

Community Health & Wellness programs. And, it recently became the first hospital in Kansas City to offer a zero-percent financing option to help patients manage their medical services. Saint Luke’s Health System consists of 10 area hospitals and several primary and specialty care practices.They provide a range of inpatient, outpatient, home care and hospice services. Founded as a faith-based, not-for-profit organization, their mission includes a commitment to the highest levels of excellence in health care and the advancement of medical research and education. Saint Luke’s Hospital ranks among the nation’s best in seven specialties, as recognized in 2015 by U.S. News and

World Report. Saint Luke’s is a regional pioneer in health care innovation.They offer four acute-care hospitals throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area, including: Saint Luke’s Hospital, Midtown and Country Club Plaza; Saint Luke’s East Hospital, Lee’s Summit and Eastern Jackson County; Saint Luke’s South Hospital, Overland Park and Johnson County, Kansas; Saint Luke’s North Hospital, Kansas City North. One of the nation’s leading cardiovascular disease outcome research programs is at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute. Its legacy of innovation began more than 25 years ago when it opened as the nation’s first heart hospital. Since then, the Heart Institute has earned a world-wide reputation for excellence in the treatment of heart disease, including interventional cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, imaging, heart failure, transplant, heart disease prevention, women’s heart disease, electrophysiology, outcomes research, and health economics.With more than 50 full-time board certified cardiovascular specialists on staff, the Heart Institute offers one of the largest heart failure/heart transplant programs in the country, has the largest experience with transcatheter aortic valve replacement in the Midwest, and is a global teaching site for the newest approaches to opening challenging blocked arteries using minimally invasive techniques. Treatment for complex brain and spinal cord diseases at the city’s only dedicated t KC RELO

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neuroscience hospital, Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute. SLMBNI offers neurologists dedicated to treating a full range of neurological conditions including stroke, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, movement disorders, memory disorders, migraine headaches and more. Our minimally invasive spine surgery team and our subspecialty-trained neurosurgeons utilize leading edge interventions for stroke, trauma, aneurysms, tremor and other brain disorders. Their Comprehensive Stroke Center, with one of the nation’s leading stroke reversal programs, uses leading-edge neurointervention techniques. Saint Luke’s programs, community outreach and education, stroke research and rehabilitation are dedicated to preventing and treating stroke. The Cancer Institute offers access to leading edge clinical trials for cancer treatment, including National Cancer Institute (NCI) and industry trials, as well as the region’s largest network of 3-D mammography centers. SLCI also offers innovative surgeries for brain tumors and the STAR® Program for cancer rehabilitation to help patients overcome the physical and emotional challenges that accompany cancer diagnosis and treatment. Advanced surgical care, liver and kidney transplantation programs, and a Level IIIb Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with high-risk obstetrics program are available. 128

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Crittenton Children’s Center is a nationally recognized children’s behavioral health center, and Saint Luke’s Convenient Care Clinics are designed to provide high quality care close to home, with locations in Kansas City area Hy-Vee grocery stores. Saint Luke’s Concierge service offers physician referrals, class registration, and general information about their health system, and customer service specialists are available M-F to answer questions and guide people to the right physicians and right places. Saint Luke’s Concierge service is available by calling 816-932-5100, or outside of Kansas City at 855-932-5100. For mornie information, visit saintlukeskc.org.

With 700 specialists in more than 40 specialty areas, Children’s Mercy brings exceptional experience to the most complex pediatric cases, as well as to the everyday needs of children’s health.Their pediatric nursing care is second to none, having earned Magnet® recognition – the highest designation of excellence in nursing – three times in a row.

Every day, the specialists at Children’s Mercy provide expert care to hundreds of children.They are the only free-standing children’s hospital between St. Louis and Denver. Every year, their research advances and redefines pediatric medicine. And every moment, the staff does everything possible to care for and support the families they serve.This dedication and commitment, along with generous community support, lets Children’s Mercy offer the best possible care for your child, while helping transform the lives of children across Kansas City and around the world.

With family-centered care, Children’s Mercy provides a unique, family-centered environment that understands and provides for the needs of both pediatric patients and their families.Their Child Life program is one of the largest in the country. It eases stress and worry through programs that help kids and parents understand their medical care; allow kids to play, learn and grow while in the hospital; and provide emotional support and resources for the whole family.

Their unparalleled expertise is evident. Children’s Mercy is consistently recognized as one of the top children’s hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report – a reflection of the dedication and expertise of each and every one of our staff.

The Elizabeth J. Ferrell Fetal Health Center is one of only a few of its kind in the nation, delivering babies with high risks and complications right here at the hospital so that they can get the immediate care they need.

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The hospital’s work has consistently earned recognition in many areas: U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2015-16 named The University of Kansas Hospital among the nation’s 50 best for adult care in 12 data-driven medical and surgical specialties.The hospital is one of only 16 in the nation to achieve this status. It has also been ranked on the Best Hospitals list every year since 2007. The hospital provides patient care for The University of Kansas Cancer Center, one of only 69 National Cancer Institutedesignated Cancer Centers nationwide. Patients have better access to clinical trials, the latest therapies and more personalized care closer to home in facilities throughout the region. Since 2006, the hospital has been designated as a Magnet facility by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.The designation is awarded to only about 7 percent of U.S. hospitals. The hospital is one of only 13 academic medical centers to receive the 2015 Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award from University HealthSystem Consortium.The study is given to those who provide high-quality, safe, efficient, patient-centered, equitable care.

For more than four decades, Liberty Hospital, 2525 Glenn Hendren Drive, Liberty, has been dedicated to providing our community with high-quality healthcare close to home. In today’s healthcare environment, Liberty Hospital is in the midst of great change; diversifying for the future, while being true to their mission – to improve the healthcare delivery system and offer lower cost and convenient options to those they serve. This year brought the openings of a new urgent care facility and specialty clinic on the west side of Interstate 35. Liberty Hospital Urgent Care Shoal Creek offers extended hours with easy access located across from Walmart on North Church Road. Liberty Hospital Specialty Clinic Shoal Creek now offers cardiologists, orthopedic and spinal surgeons, obstetricians/gynecologists and dermatologists. Liberty Hospital also announced a new clinical affiliation with Saint Luke’s Cancer Institute to provide comprehensive oncology services on their campus. By teaming up, they now can combine the latest in technology, pharmaceuticals and clinical trials with Liberty Hospital’s awardwinning quality and personal care. Also this year, Liberty Hospital became the first provider in the Kansas City area – and the only one in this region – to offer

MAKOplasty, a surgical procedure for hip and partial-knee replacements.They are only the second hospital in Missouri to acquire this technology. MAKOplasty is less invasive than traditional total replacement surgery and is performed using a surgeoncontrolled robotic arm that allows for more precise movements and a custom fit for the replacement joint. While continuing to expand services, Liberty Hospital also is undergoing extensive renovations to make their campus more welcoming and comforting.The new main entrance and lobby, along with the gift shop, patient registration and patient rooms on 3 East recently opened. After a makeover completed last spring, the Emergency Department opened with the addition of a patient fast-track to decrease the wait times and length of stay for patients with less serious injuries and illnesses. The Olathe Health System includes Olathe Medical Center (OMC) – located at Olathe Medical Park, one of the largest hospital campuses in the Midwest – a nearly 250-acre campus at 151st Street and I-35 in southern Johnson County.The five-story acute-care medical center is licensed for 300 beds and averages more than 44,000 patient care days per year. Its emergency care center is one of the busiest in the region, with more than 42,000 patients treated annually. The not-for-profit medical center and its network of practicing physicians specialize in nearly every area of medicine. OMC services include orthopedics, obstetrics, oncology, cardiology, vein care, emergency t care and more.

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the country. Exceptional care is provided through collaboration among physicians who represent more than 200 specialties, as well as nurses, researchers and other professionals.Together, they deliver exciting discoveries and life-changing treatments.

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For more than 62 years, OMC has lived up to its promise - to meet the community’s need for compassionate, high-quality healthcare spanning every stage of life. From a single, 30-bed hospital in 1953 to a thriving regional health system today, OMC has grown with the community, responding to its needs. OMC is currently undergoing the largest expansion in its history. Four significant construction projects are underway across OMC’s 250-acre campus: a new four-story obstetrics wing with a level II neonatal intensive care unit; a free-standing cancer center; an expanded cardiovascular center; and the addition of a memory care neighborhood at Cedar Lake Village. Through OMC’s dedication to quality care, the hospital has received many awards and accreditations, including: Best Hospitals by US News and World Report; Women’s Choice Award, America’s Best Hospitals for Breast Center, Cancer Care and Orthopedics; Safest Hospital in the KC Metro Area by Consumer Reports; Newsweek Top Cancer Docs; Certified Chest Pain Center; Certified Primary Stroke Center; Accredited by the Commission on Cancer with commendation in the Community Hospital Cancer program category (only one in four hospitals nationwide receives this approval) and Accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. 130

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AdventHealth is a network of health care facilities and services located throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area and surrounding communities.The network includes Advent Health in Merriam, Kan., a 504-bed facility with more than 20,000 inpatient admissions and more than 200,000 outpatient admissions annually; AdventHealth – Prairie Star, a comprehensive health care facility located in western Lenexa; physician practices located throughout Johnson and Leavenworth Counties and Centra Care Shawnee Mission Urgent Care locations in Overland Park and Lenexa. AdventHealth’s newest facility, AdventHealth – Blue Valley, will open in early 2017 and will feature an emergency department, laboratory, imaging center and an approximately 75,000 square foot medical office building for physicians in a variety of specialties. AdventHealth serves more than 70,000 patients in its emergency departments annually, has the area’s first accredited Chest Pain Emergency Center and delivers more babies each year at SMMC than any other hospital in the metropolitan area. AdventHealth also has some of the highest customer service or HCAHPS scores in the Kansas City metro.The network employs more than 3,000 local residents and supports an exceptional staff of 700 physicians representing 50 medical

specialties, the largest medical staff of any full-service hospital in Kansas City. AdventHealth has served the Johnson County community since 1962. St. Mary’s Medical Center, founded by the Sisters of St. Mary, relocated from downtown Kansas City to Blue Springs, Mo., in 1981. In 2015, the hospital was purchased by Prime Healthcare Services, operating 38 hospitals in 11 states. Its Catholic heritage and the spirit of our founding Sisters continue today in our mission of caring for the community. The medical center has provided highquality compassionate care to the residents of Blue Springs and Eastern Jackson County for more than 30 years. St. Mary’s is active in the community, offering patients the best of both worlds – a warm, caring environment, close to home, providing the range of services and expertise typically found in much larger facilities. St. Mary’s is among an elite group of providers in treatment for time critical diagnosis and has earned several quality awards, including Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission and Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. It is also recognized by the Joint Commission


as a Primary Stroke Center and is a Certified Chest Pain Center. The Breast Center has earned recognition by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and Breast Imaging Center of Excellence designation from the American College of Radiology (ACR). It has also earned recognition by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and Breast Imaging Center of Excellence designation from the American College of Radiology. In 2015, the medical center was recognized with the Women’s Choice Award® among America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics and America’s Best Breast Centers.The Women’s Choice Award identifies hospitals women can choose with confidence knowing they excel at clinical care and patient experience. St. Mary’s is a faith-based, Joint Commission accredited, 146-bed acute care facility providing a wide range of services, including Emergency Department, Joint and Spine Institute, Surgical Services, Breast Center and outpatient services.

Conveniently located at I-435 and State Line, St. Joseph is a faith-based, Joint Commission accredited, 310-bed acute care facility providing a wide range of services, including Emergency Department, Joint and Spine Institute, Surgical Services, Sleep Center, Birthing Center and outpatient services. St. Joseph has proven it is among an elite group of providers in the treatment for time critical diagnosis and has earned the American College of Cardiology’s Get with the Guidelines Platinum Performance Award.The medical center has received full accreditation with percutaneous coronary intervention from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. It is also an Accredited Chest Pain Center.The medical center has earned Stroke Center Level II designation from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Bureau of Hospital Standards. The Breast Center at St. Joseph has earned recognition by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and Breast

Imaging Center of Excellence designation from the American College of Radiology. In 2015, the medical center was recognized with the Women’s Choice Award® among America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics and America’s Best Breast Centers.The Women’s Choice Award identifies hospitals women can choose with confidence knowing they excel at clinical care and patient experience. St. Joseph has attained Magnet® recognition for three straight times. This program recognizes excellence in nursing and it is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice. Truman Medical Centers is Kansas City’s essential, two acute-care safety net hospital health system.The TMC Health System includes TMC Hospital Hill,TMC Lakewood,TMC Behavioral Health, the Jackson County Health Department and a number of primary care practices throughout Eastern Jackson County.TMC is the primary community teaching hospital for the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, and specializes in chronic disease management, orthopedics, family medicine, women’s health, and n trauma services. PHOTO BY TRUMAN MEDICAL CENTER

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Founded in 1874 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Joseph Medical Center has a long tradition of providing quality, compassionate care. In 2015,

the hospital was purchased by Prime Healthcare Services, operating 38 hospitals in 11 states. Its Catholic heritage and the spirit of our founding Sisters continue today in our mission of caring for the community.

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move to the Kansas City Metro area is a smart one if you have or plan to have children. Whether you plan to enroll your children in one of the excellent public schools in the area or the private schools and online learning options, you will find educational choices are bountiful. Preparing students for their future are the school districts in Johnson County. In the Blue Valley School District, 2015 Graduates posted the highest ACT and SAT scores of Kansas City Area metropolitan districts. The Shawnee Mission School District has a 91 percent graduation rate, and in 2015,

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graduating seniors received more than $32 million in scholarship offers. Like its other two Johnson County counterparts, the growing Olathe School District offers advanced courses and excellent educational opportunities. Helping to develop a career path for students, the North Kansas City School District has partnered with the Metropolitan Community College for students to build skills in Engineering and Industrial Technology. Accolades came to several eastern Jackson County school districts in 2015.


SCHOOLS IN EACH DISTRICT ARE SOME OF THE MOST ACCREDITED IN THE NATION.

We Invite You to Discover the Best Fit for Your Family!

The Blue Springs School District recently received the highest annual Performance Report score among large school districts in the State of Missouri. Three high schools in the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District were among the top 25 high schools in Missouri to receive recognition in U.S. News and World Report’s annual “America’s Best High Schools” in the spring of 2015. As with other schools in the area, college prep classes are a big part of school curriculum. The private schools in the area including The Barstow School, Pembroke Hill School, Rockhurst High School, Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy, St. Teresa’s Academy, Notre

Dame de Sion School, St. Thomas Aquinas and many more. Finding the best fit for your child‘s educational needs and the environment that he or she excels is an important part of your relocation. The following is a sampling of you and your child’s choices. ABC Preschool A Better Choice (ABC) Preschool, LLC in downtown Lee’s Summit is a private esteemed academic preschool that prepares children academically and socially for kindergarten, and life-long learning. ABC Preschool’s innovative curriculum is based on current brain research.

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Katy Lautzenhiser, Director and Lead Teacher, explains,“Elementary educators are finding far too many students are entering Kindergarten unprepared, which leads to children falling further behind. ABC Preschool targets how a child develops – mentally, emotionally, and socially – during a child’s crucial early years of growth, and invests in your child’s success beyond the preschool walls.” All ABC Preschool teachers are certified educators, and the early childhood facility maintains the latest education practices. “As the industry has grown and expanded, we continue to keep current with the fast growing exploration and development in brain research, and the way children learn. We only hire the best teachers who receive ongoing training and education throughout each school year. We are more than a school: we are an extension of families and a part of our community.” ABC Preschool offers flexible options to meet an individual family’s needs regarding budget, education goals, and schedules.“We trust families are important partners in what we do, and ensure parents are actively involved through participation in school events. We encourage volunteering in our school, providing parents with daily electronic journals, bi-monthly progress reports, an interactive web page, and more.” ABC Preschool 8 SE 5th Street, Lee’s Summit, MO (816) 246-6562 www.abcpreschoolpage.com The Barstow School The Barstow School, located at 11511 State Line Road, provides the region’s premier K-12 college and career preparatory education. Barstow’s innovative, inclusive and globally connected learning environment cultivates the potential in every student through differentiated instruction and dedicated faculty mentorship. Barstow students come from 67 zip codes in Missouri and Kansas. They are part of a richly diverse school community that “promotes sound scholarship and gives symmetrical development to mind, body and character” since 1884. Barstow’s STEAM program uses science, technology, engineering, the arts and 138

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math as the conduits to 21st century skills such critical thinking, collaboration and communication. STEAM principles are applied in daily learning as early as preschool. The school’s acclaimed robotics team won its division and placed third overall in the 2019 FIRST Robotics World Championships in Houston, Texas. Many robotics team members are also part of Barstow’s 2019 state championship soccer team, signature broadcast and theatre programs or other athletic teams, academic groups and service clubs. Barstow students in lower, middle and upper school are makers and doers. They are participants, not spectators. From their earliest explorations through commencement, Barstow invests in the whole student and prepares them for leadership in a rapidly changing world. The Barstow School 11511 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO 64114 (816) 942-3255 www.barstowschool.org Blue Springs School District The Blue Springs School District covers a total of 58 square miles and includes students from the communities of Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Independence, Lake Tapawingo and Lee’s Summit. Enrollment for the 2016-17 school year is more than 14,800 students. Within our boundaries, we have more than 80,000 residents. Our district has a rich tradition of academic excellence. This tradition continues with major advancements in our curriculum and efforts through technology placing materials in student hands wherever they might be. The district has received Accreditation with Distinction from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for 16 consecutive years. Blue Springs School District (816) 874-3200 www.bssd.net Blue Valley School District Blue Valley Schools is committed to providing students an Education Beyond Expectations—an education filled with opportunities. Located in suburban Kansas City, in the heart of Johnson County, Kansas, this 91-square mile school district serves more than 22,000 students at its five high schools,

nine middle schools and 20 elementary schools. Blue Valley consistently ranks among the top school districts in the nation, striving to provide each student with the opportunity to experience unprecedented academic success and unparalleled personal growth through personalized student learning. The district offers many special programs including the Blue Valley Academy, a non-traditional program for high school students; ACCESS, a program teaching independent living skills for students with moderate to severe disabilities; and the Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS), an innovative program for high school juniors and seniors, providing realworld, hands-on learning experience. For more about Blue Valley Schools, visit www.bluevalleyk12.org. Blue Valley School District (913) 239-4000 www.bluevalleyk12.org Maranatha Christian Academy Maranatha Christian Academy (MCA) has been providing excellence in Christian education in the Shawnee, Kansas, area for over 40 years. The mission of MCA is to train and equip students for life and for service to Jesus Christ through a biblical worldview, character development, and academic excellence. To accomplish these goals, MCA works with Christian parents and their students to provide a consistently solid biblical foundation on which their college preparatory foundation is built. That foundation is strengthened by having biblically integrated curriculum in every subject and by enabling students to meet or exceed state and national academic standards. Maranatha Christian Academy 6826 Lackman Road, Shawnee, KS (913) 631-0637 www.mca-eagles.org North Kansas City Schools Just north of Kansas City’s vibrant downtown, North Kansas City Schools is a district of nearly 19,500 learners who benefit daily from an academically rigorous curriculum for grades Pre-K to 12. The district has earned both state and national accreditation and is


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recognized throughout Missouri as a leader in academic innovation. North Kansas City Schools is among the largest districts in the Kansas City metropolitan area with 21 elementary schools, five middle schools and four high schools. In addition, the school district offers optional Pre-K and before/ after school programs, expansive gifted/ honors opportunities, career and professional academics, A+ certified high schools, as well as nationally recognized adult and community education programs for learners of all ages. In North Kansas City Schools, every student achieves his or her unique potential through extraordinary educational experiences provided by exceptional educators who are supported by an engaged, diverse community.

2018 Horizon Award Winner 2014 Kansas Master Teacher 2015 Co-Champion of the Scripps National Spelling Bee Winners of the 2015 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching $49.3 million in scholarships offered to 2018 graduates ACT and SAT scores outpace national and state averages

North Kansas City Schools (816) 321-5000 www.nkcschools.org

Innovative 21st Century High School Academies

Notre Dame de Sion Notre Dame de Sion schools offer a premier education at two locations in the Kansas City metro.

(913) 780-7000 • www.olatheschools.org

Sion’s High School has a strong commitment to educating minds, expanding hearts, and empowering lives. Young women grow spiritually, emotionally and socially, while being challenged academically with our college preparatory curriculum. Sion’s Grade School offers Preschool-8th grade classes in a co-ed environment. Students are challenged to think outside the box by infusing core classes with our STEAM program, community garden and indoor swimming pool. Who says you can’t learn math in the pool? Two campuses + One Mission = SION. Learn more www.ndsion.edu Notre Dame de Sion High School Campus 10631 Wornall Road Kansas City Missouri 64114 (816) 942-3282 Grade School Campus 3823 Locust Kansas City, Missouri 64109 (816) 753-3810 www.mdsion.com

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The Pembroke Hill School An independent, college preparatory school serving 1,200 students, 2 years - 12th grade; near the Country Club Plaza!

A Caring Community Inspired By Excellence. • Small classes (11:1 student:teacher ratio) • Challenging curriculum • Excellent faculty • Personalized college counseling • Reggio Emilia-inspired early child• Transportation service from the hood school Northland and Johnson County • Leader in student • Financial aid available technology/iLab For Info: 816-936-1231 • Extensive extracurricular/athletic www.pembrokehill.org program RESPECT COMPASSION SCHOLARSHIP INTEGRITY

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Oakhill Day School Oakhill Day School is the Northland’s premier independent school for students entering grades Toddler (age 2) through Eighth. Our mission is to provide your children with excellence in education through child-centered learning in a supportive, challenging, and rewarding environment that provides students with self-confidence, values, knowledge, and the foundation for leadership through emotional, physical, and social development. Oakhill students receive a foundation for learning that stays with them through high school, college, and beyond. Learn more about our academics, athletics, farm-to-school lunches, and more online at www. oakhilldayschool.org. or call Leah Gipe, Director of Admissions, Leah. gipe@oakhilldayschool.org Oakhill Day School 7019 N Cherry Street Gladstone, MO 64118 (816) 436-6228 www.oakhilldayschool.org


Olathe Public Schools The Olathe School District is the second largest school district in Kansas. Students’ test scores consistently rank among the top 10 percent in the nation with ACT and SAT scores above state and national averages. Olathe has earned 18 National Blue Ribbon School Awards from the US Department of Education. The district has received national awards for outstanding professional development for teachers, and is home to two 2016 Horizon Award winners, the 2013 Kansas Superintendent of the Year, a 2014 Master Teacher, the 2012 Kansas Teacher of the Year and the student co-champion of the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee. The district offers innovative 21st Century High School Programs, including aerospace and engineering, biosciences, geosciences and e-communication.

A place to grow academically and spiritually...join our community!

Total enrollment is 29,567 students. Facilities – 35 Elementary schools, eight middle schools and four high schools. For more information visit ww.olatheschools.com. Olathe Public Schools (913) 780-7000 www.olatheschools.com

St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Parish 14201 Nall Avenue, Leawood, KS 66223

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Park Hill School District Park Hill schools are top-ranking, highperforming and committed to preparing all students for their future college and career goals. Park Hill was the first district to receive the Missouri Quality Award and the only district to earn it twice for its commitment to continuous improvement. U.S. World and News Report ranked our high schools among the top 20 in Missouri, and the district consistently earns the state’s top honors and some of the highest MAP scores. Our district also earned the highest ACT composite scores in the Kansas City, Missouri, area, and our students earn national recognition for academics and extracurriculars. Park Hill School Districs 7703 NW Barry Road Kansas City, MO 64153 (816) 359-4000 www.parkhill.k12.mo.us Pembroke Hill Pembroke Hill is an independent college prep school near the Country Club Plaza. Enrolling nearly 1,200 students 2 years through 12th grade, the school offers small classes (11:1 student: teacher ratio), exciting and challenging curriculum,

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outstanding teachers and an extensive extracurricular program. Nearly 80 percent of upper schoolers are involved in a club while 82 percent are on an athletic team.

Wornall Campus Early Childhood & Lower Schools 400 West 51st Street 816-936-1200 www.pembrokehill.org

Pembroke Hill offers transportation from the Northland and Johnson County and provides 22 percent of students $2.9 million in financial aid. Students live in 73 zip codes in Missouri and Kansas. Approximately 25 percent of students are students of color.

Rockhurst High School Rockhurst High School, an all Jesuit Catholic High School, is a place of formation, where students are committed to a deeper experience, empowered by the spirit. For more than 100 years, Rockhurst has been a place where boys become young men, with minds, bodies and souls prepared for the challenges of college and life beyond.

Students and families receive personalized college counseling. All graduates attend a four-year college/ university; 22 percent of the Class of 2016 received National Merit recognition. Community service is an important aspect at Pembroke Hill. Students must volunteer at least 60 hours; most exceed this requirement. The school promotes character development through its core values: scholarship, compassion, respect and integrity. Ward Parkway Campus Middle & Upper Schools 5121 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO 816-936-1200

Located on State Line Road, Rockhurst welcomes 9-12 grade boys from both Kansas and Missouri. A leader in academics, athletics and co-curricular activities, Rockhurst draws a student body that is ethnically and socio-economically diverse from 95 different zip codes. The entire student body represents more than 127 elementary and junior high schools from the metropolitan area. First and foremost at Rockhurst are academics. The school is proud of its growing Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) and Robotics programs.


99% of graduates attend a 4-year college or university, and the Class of 2016 includes 13 National Merit Semifinalists and three perfect ACT scores. Rockhurst High School 9301 State Line, Kansas City, MO (816) 363-2036 www.rockhurst.edu

North Kansas City Schools A Champion for Students Educating KC’s Northland since 1913

St. Michael the Archangel Catholic High School St. Michael the Archangel Catholic High School is the first Catholic high school to open in the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese in over 50 years! We are now open and are currently the home to over 300 students who join us from all over the metro. SMA is a 21st century learning environment rooted in the traditions and values of our faith. Students are given the tools to grow in faith in virtue with theology curriculum, daily communal prayer, sacraments, class retreats, service opportunities, and more. SMA also offers a wide range of academic offerings including inclusive special education and AP/dual credit offerings. Learning academies including aviation, engineering and computer science help our students discover and discern their gifts in a college prep environment.

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St. Michaels the Archangel Catholic High School 2901 NW Lee’s Summit Rd Lee’s Summit, MO 64064 816) 763-4800 www.smacatholic.org St. Theresa’s Academy St. Teresa’s Academy, a rigorous collegeprep school for young women, was founded over 150 years ago by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Located on a beautiful, college-like campus in the heart of the Brookside and south Plaza neighborhoods, St. Teresa’s promotes excellence in education. The wireless campus, oneto-one tablet program and distance learning classrooms enhance our global education initiatives. Accredited by the North Central Association/AdvancED since 1923, St. Teresa’s molds students into confident, skilled, and caring young women through a challenging curriculum, an all-female environment, a diverse student body, Christian values, a community service program, and t personal responsibility.

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Shawnee Mission School District The Shawnee Mission School District is consistently ranked among the finest school districts nationwide for its high student performance. Its cornerstone Signature Programs include Biotechnology, Engineering (Project Lead The Way), Medical Health Science, and Culinary Arts and Hospitality. Two new programs are Global Systems, allowing students to explore careers in sustainable food systems, and Project Blue Eagle, which provides training for careers in law enforcement, firefighting and EMT.

Summit Christian Academy Summit Christian Academy is a Top 5 Private School in the Kansas City area. Since 1989, Summit Christian Academy (SCA) has grown from 32 students to 800, has been selected a top five private school in the Kansas City Metropolitan area, and has been recognized as one of the top 100 “large and effective schools” by the Association of Christian Schools International. With its strong mission of inspiring students to achieve their God-given potential through excellent academics and Christian training in a compassionate environment, SCA has earned a reputation as a topnotch school with stellar academics, excellent performing arts and athletics all in a fun, family-friendly environment.

The district boasts high graduation rates and achievement scores. The 1:1 initiative provides each student with a tablet or laptop to support learning. New stateof-the-art facilities offer safe, secure, and creative learning environments. The Shawnee Mission District is in northeast Johnson County, Kansas, ten miles from downtown Kansas City, Missouri. It serves 14 cities within t he county.

SCA is situated on a 36-acre campus near 50 Highway and 291 South. We welcome your family to be part of the SCA family! Call 816-525-1480 today for more information or visit the summitchristian-academy.org website.

Summit Christian Academy 1450 SW Jefferson (816) 524-0185 www.summit-christian-academy.org Summit Technology Academy The Lee’s Summit School District’s new Summit Technology Academy / Missouri Innovation Campus is taking shape thanks to a no-tax-increase bond issue. The MIC program is a one-of-a-kind endeavor offering the most accelerated degree path in the country. STA is an offcampus opportunity for area high school students seriously interested in computer science, engineering, health sciences or creative sciences. College credit is attached to all of the programs. The typical student at STA is usually focused on a specific career path and has the determination to explore that field through in-depth studies and practical application. For more information, visit http://sta.lsr7.org or http://ucmo.edu/mic. Summit Technology Academy (816) 986-3410 www.sta.ls7.org

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hether you are moving to the Kansas City area to take advantage of a new job adventure or you want to be closer to your family, at some point you are going to start thinking of higher education options for you or your family.You will find that there is a wide array of junior colleges, four-year universities along with other graduate programs.

Full time students as well as working adults will find a home at Baker University at their main campus in Baldwin, Kansas as well as Overland Park, Lee’s Summit and the Northland. The college recently added an advance degree in Sports Management to their many graduate and undergraduate degree programs.

Most of these schools cater to the working professional as well as the full time student. In Johnson County, the KU Edwards Campus in Southern Johnson County offers 30 undergraduate and graduate degree completion programs including the MBA program from KU’s business school as well as doctorial programs. In Olathe, Kansas State opened a campus several years ago focusing on animal health and food security at the graduate level.

Rich in history, Ottawa University offers classes at its Overland Park location as well as online. Understanding that many students have unusual schedules, they offer support to students through their 24/7 helpline. Combining academics with an authentically Christian perspective is the mission of the MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe. With more than 40 undergraduate programs and 6 graduate degrees, students find t KC RELO

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that the average class size of 16 students is extremely beneficial to their learning experience. The MidAmerica Nazarene University attracts students from 35 states and 5 countries. With the distinction of being one of the top providers of education courses of the military, Park University offers accelerated eight week sessions online and face-to-face in Parkville, Kansas City and Independence. Those in need of Certificate programs will find many options in the area. University of Central Missouri in Lee’s Summit offers a number of complete certificate and degree programs in child and family development, criminal justice, management, nursing and social work as well as numerous graduate programs. New residents in the area can also take advantage of exceptional Junior Colleges including Johnson County Community College, which is ranked as the third largest educational institution in the state of Kansas; Johnson County Community College offers a full range of undergraduate credit courses and 150 career and certificate programs that prepare students for employment. JCCC’s noncredit workforce development program is the largest most comprehensive in the Kansas City Area. In Missouri, the Metropolitan Community College, a group of five campuses throughout the Greater Kansas City Area, offers extensive workforce training and general academics. As you begin to investigate your higher education options, take a look at the following sampling of colleges that are located in your new backyard. Avila University Excellence. Faith-based. Suburban. Do these things that matter to you? Avila University understands. Avila graduate study programs in business, healthcare, education, psychology and management are designed to inspire. Avila offers affordable, graduate programs with flexible schedules to fit your lifestyle, with professional, real-world instructors. Avila serves busy adults wanting to enhance their lives, both personally and professionally. Avila University is a non-profit university, inspired by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet that prepares students for 146

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responsible, lifelong contributions to the global community. An excellent education inspires the best in Avila students, while they bring out the best in others. Be Inspired. Earn your graduate degree at Avila University in south suburban Kansas City. For more information and inspiration, visit www.avila.edu/gradstudies Baker University Baker is a private, liberal arts university that educates traditional and nontraditional students through small classes, innovative instructors and rigorous coursework. At Baker University, education is personal. Our community is the bond that will connect you to lifelong friends and associates, to professors that mentor and inspire and to supportive staff ready to help at any hour of the day. Enriching campus activities, productive internships, career opportunities and international experiences are all a part of your education. In addition to the main campus in Baldwin, Kansas, Baker has campuses in Overland Park, Lee’s Summit, Kansas City, Topeka and Wichita.

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At each of Baker’s four schools – College of Arts and Sciences, School of Nursing, School of Professional and Graduate Studies and School of Education – the school’s faculty provides creative learning experiences while challenging students to analyze issues with depth and clarity. Students fully engage in their education and connect with peers, faculty and staff. Johnson County Community College With more than 46,000 students enrolled in credit and noncredit classes each year, Johnson County Community College (JCCC) is one of the state’s largest institutions of higher education. Known for excellence in programming and teaching, JCCC provides resources of a large-university with the feel of a small college where students take center stage. Explore all that JCCC offers.Visit www. jccc.edu, call (913)469-3803 or schedule a campus tour. Know the value. Kansas State University – K-State Olathe Campus The goal of this K-State Olathe campus is to teach students but also be a place where professionals come to continue their learning. It is home to graduate level

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students as they prepare for careers in the biosciences and biotechnology, with opportunities to work with faculty from Kansas State as well as industry scientists. Those already in the business world benefit from the presence of the campus, which helps train the future workforce on the latest industry technology and keep it informed of the most recent developments by holding seminars and workshops. It also houses collaborations between researchers and companies, both public and private, so that the technology being developed is what the businesses in the industry are demanding. K-State Olathe offers master’s degree and graduate certificate options that are in-demand in the Kansas City metro area. With academic programs focusing on animal health and nutrition, food safety and security, and education and leadership dynamics, our students are able to hone their scientific and technical skills while mastering business and leadership practices that will advance their careers and their organizations. Ottawa University Established in 1865, Ottawa University (OU) is a private, nonprofit, liberal arts institution dedicated to preparing students for a lifetime of enlightened faith, exemplary service, inspired leadership and personal significance. Ottawa University has a residential campus in Ottawa, KS, adult campuses in four states and a robust online program.Today, more than 90 percent of our student body consists of working adults who are benefiting from a rich history and life-friendly undergraduate and graduate programs with accelerated 8-week courses online or at our Overland Park, KS, adult campus.

that covered, too. Park serves 18,000 students worldwide with an extended campus system that helps individuals in practically every walk of life achieve their full potential. Whether entering college from high school, transferring from another institution, returning to finish a degree, or pursuing a master’s degree to advance your career, Park has options to meet your needs, both faceto-face and online – and we continually evaluate our programs, with an eye on employment trends, to keep our offerings current and relevant. Call (877) 505-1059 or visit Park.edu to chat! You’ve chosen a great place to live. Now, choose a great place to learn. Park University. Close to home … far from ordinary. University of Central Missouri – Lee’s Summit (UCM) UCM – Lee’s Summit, serves as the university’s residence center for educational opportunities and workforce development in the Kansas City region. The facility offers a number of complete certificate and degree programs, as well as programs consisting of online coursework

or courses on the main campus in Warrensburg. Evening and weekend courses allow students to advance their careers while balancing their education with work and family. University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) The University of Missouri-Kansas City is recognized for the quality of its faculty, students, research and community leadership. Located in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri, the University of Missouri-Kansas City is a public research university focused on urban issues. At UMKC, your mind will be opened to knowledge, diverse people and outstanding experiences, allowing you to further explore those areas of your life in which you are already engaged. Named one of the Best Midwestern Colleges by Princeton Review, UMKC boasts a 12-1 student faculty ratio. The nationally and internationally recognized Henry W. Bloch School of Management is among the more than 120 majors and programs that draw students to UMKC each year. n

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Park University One visit to Park University’s charming flagship campus in Parkville – or to our conveniently-located campus centers in downtown Kansas City and Independence – and you’ll discover what we’ve known for 140 years and counting: there’s no place like Park! Ranked among the nation’s top schools for academic quality, accessibility, military friendliness and return on investment, Park has helped advance the careers of thousands, including many of Kansas City’s business, health care, public affairs and technology leaders. If inclusion in a global community of excellence sounds appealing, we have

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There is a place for everyone at Nativity. We encourage you to come and worship with us soon. See our website for more information on our parish activities and ministry in Leawood and beyond.

Congregation Beth Torah Congregation Beth Torah is a modern, Reform Jewish congregation dedicated to creating an inclusive, caring community and providing opportunities for Lifelong Learning through both formal and informal education and meaningful worship every Friday night, Shabbat morning and all Holy Days. We strive to encourage and promote ethical Jewish living, spiritual and personal growth, social justice and the continuity of the Jewish people.

Church of the Nativity 3800 W. 119th St., Leawood, KS 66209 913.491.5017 www.kcnativity.org

Congregation Beth Torah 6100 West 127, Overland Park, KS (913) 498-2212 www.beth-torah.org

nursing facilities and hospitals. We serve meals at St. Mary’s Food Kitchen, bring in thousands of pounds of food in quarterly food drives, distribute thousands of dollars to ministries locally and worldwide, and participate in countless other service projects each year. At Nativity we believe in being the hands and feet of Christ here on earth.

First Presbyterian Church of Lee’s Summit First Presbyterian Church of Lee’s Summit offers Christ-(FPCLS) centered and relationship based worship services and programming for all ages. Sunday mornings begin with a Contemporary Worship Service at 9:00 am with our Praise Band,“Carbon Copy” leading worship. Our 11:00 am service is for those who prefer a more Traditional Worship experience and includes our adult “Chancel” Choir, special music and on many Sundays, one of our two Bell Choirs. At 10:00 am each Sunday we have a time of Faith and Fellowship with a relaxed coffee fellowship. t

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During the school year, we offer engaging, inclusive programming for our children and youth. Small groups abound at FPCLS for our older adults and young adults, women’s Bible study and a popular men’s breakfast group that does much more around the church than just eat breakfast! We celebrate the love of Christ, have fun and enjoy fellowship at FPCLS and we hope you will join us one Sunday in the near future. For more information, you may call the church office at (816) 524-3933 or log onto firstchurchls.org.You may also look for us on Facebook. First Presbyterian Church of Lee’s Summit 1625 NW O’Brien Road, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081 (816) 524-3933 www.firstchurchls.org

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Grace Church Our vision here at Grace Church is to help everyone become an outward-focused follower of Jesus. Our mission is to love, learn, and lead with God, household, and church. We would love to have you and your family join us as our guests for any one of our five weekend services on

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Saturday evenings at 4 and 5:30pm, and Sunday mornings at 8, 9:30, and 11am. We are located on the corner of 159th St. & Antioch. We will see you this weekend! Grace Church 8500 West 159th, Overland Park, KS (913) 7814- 7223 www.visitgracechurch.org St. Andrews Episcopal Church At St. Andrew’s, we combine rich tradition and modern messages for a fresh spiritual experience. St. Andrews wants to support you through all phases of your faith journey and helps you rediscover Christ’s love through ritual, reason and meaningful connections. At St. Andrew’s, we invite you to live a life-long and life-wide faith. We believe we are called not simply to believe in Christ, but also to serve Christ in our Parish, our city and our world. St. Andrew’s serves by holding in tandem rich tradition and fresh spiritual expression with diverse ways to worship, connect and grow. We believe that contributions of “all sorts” of people help us better know the

mind of God. Our rich and proud history of personal connections reminds us that by only loving openly can we truly know healing. We invite you for a tour of our weekly services or to learn more, visit www.standrewwkc.org. St. Andrews Episcopal Church 6401 Wornall Terrace, Kansas City, MO (816) 523-1603 www.standrewkc.org The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection is an integral part of the greater Kansas City community, with locations in Leawood, Olathe, Downtown and Blue Springs. The church’s impact extends well beyond the walls of the church, as members give their time and resources to help meet the needs of their neighbors. Resurrection is the largest United Methodist Church in the United States, with 22,000 members and 16 worship services each weekend, including online services at rezonline.org. In 2017, the church opened a new sanctuary building in Leawood with architectural features and a stained-glass window gaining national attention. In May, the church will open a new church building in downtown Kansas City. The church is committed to creating spaces for future generations to see how the Christian faith can change their lives and how they in turn can help transform the world. United Methodist Church of the Resurrection Leawood 13720 Roe Avenue, Leawood, KS (913) 897-0120

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Will the Internet kill magazines? Did instant coffee kill coffee? New technologies change many things. But not everything. You may surf, search, shop and blog online, but you still read magazines. And you’re far from alone. Readership has actually increased over the past five years. Even the 18-to-34 segment continues to grow. And typical young adults now read more issues per month than their parents. Rather than being displaced by “instant” media, it would seem that magazines are the ideal complement. The explanation, while sometimes drowned out by the Internet drumbeat, is fairly obvious. Magazines do what the Internet doesn’t. Neither obsessed with immediacy nor trapped by the daily news cycle, magazines promote deeper connections. They create relationships. They engage us in ways distinct from digital media. In fact, the immersive power of magazines even extends to the advertising. Magazines remain the number one medium for driving purchase consideration and intent. And that’s essential in every product category. Including coffee.


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philanthropic events in the city. Sponsors, patrons and guests of this annual gala have contributed more than $8 million to further expand and improve cancer care. At a venue like no other, under the stars, inside the oval at the Kansas Speedway, the event features top entertainment and delights from KC’s top restaurants, caterers and dessert specialists, with wine and specialty drinks concocted especially for this event. What’s more, attendees can experience the Kansas Speedway up close and personal by taking a victory lap around the track. It is truly an extraordinary party with an even

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more extraordinary purpose of providing more options, and more hope, to patients battling cancer. Visit treadsandthreads.org for more information. Jazzoo is a premier event in Kansas City each summer, drawing up to 5,000 creative black tie clad attendees each year who enjoy samplings from over 70 area restaurants, live music performed by local artists and all the animal attractions. Founded in 1990 by the Junior League, this festive event has become a roaring success, raising hundreds of thousands t KC RELO

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of dollars to feed the more than 1,100 animals who make the Kansas City Zoo their home. It also supports the Zoo Learning Fund, which creates educational programs for children throughout the Kansas City area. The 250 dedicated volunteers are proud of the some 275 sponsors and many amazing auction items that further exemplify the amazing caring spirit alive and “purring” in our city. Visit jazzoo.com for more information. Eat to give! That is the idea behind the scrumptious Kansas City Restaurant Week, held each winter. Over 150 restaurants participate, and include a who’s who of diverse dining options, including old favorites and new delights. This event supports local causes, and in this its seventh year, partnered with three worthwhile, local charitable partners as beneficiaries. The donations raised during the 2016 event benefited BoysGrow, Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired and Cultivate Kansas City. Additionally, the Kansas City Regional Destination Development Foundation and the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association Education Foundation again received a portion of the donations. Visit kansascityrestaurantweek.com for more information.

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The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is making strides to help cure this disease, and Kansas City has a lot to do with it. The 21st Annual JDRF Dream Gala will be held in May, chaired t


The 43rd Hospital Hill Run, which winds through the Country Club Plaza, Brookside and Crown Center area, will be held this summer, and it is truly one of the most storied races in Missouri history. Ninety-nine runners participated in the first race in 1973, and now, some 9,000 run each year. In 2008 the Run team created a new charity program that allowed organizations of all sizes and interests to raise funds in a fun and exciting way, by taking part in one of three amazing events. Sixteen charities joined the inaugural year bringing over 200 participants to the event and raising over $50,000 for their respective causes. In the past five years there have been 2,188 charity participants, 1,283 charity volunteers who have raised $808,818 for their respective causes. Through this Run, dogs have been rescued, kids have gone to camp, people with spinal cord injuries have receive therapy, Alzheimer’s families have received respite care, research has been forwarded and much more.Visit hospitalhillrun.com for more information. The American Royal Association is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that has been a beloved Kansas City tradition since 1899. This organization celebrates the region’s rich agricultural heritage through competition, education and entertainment. As a not-for-profit community volunteer based organization, the American Royal raises funds to fulfill its vision and mission though endowments, contributions, sponsorships and event revenues.

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by Clark and Tavia Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs owners. This event draws many caring attendees for an evening at the Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas City Marriott, with cocktail reception, dinner and live auction. Last year’s gala raised $2,000,328 to help end this childhood disease.Visit jdrf.com for more information.

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The American Royal annually hosts the World’s largest barbecue contest, one of the Midwest’s largest and oldest livestock exhibitions and professional rodeos, prestigious horse shows and is home of the National Championship Saddlebred horse competition. During the year more than 270,000 people attend events at the American Royal Complex. In addition to its educational mission, the American Royal generates some $60 million of economic impact, $4.4 million in local tax revenues, and supports 450 jobs. For more information, visit www.americanroyal.com. The American Heart Association’s 30th Kansas City Heart & Stroke Ball will be held Saturday, February 25, 2017, at the Kansas City Convention Center. This is always an unforgettable evening with life-saving significance. The dollars raised stay right here in our community. Last year alone, American Heart Association supporters in the Kansas City metro made the following possible: $3.8 million in research funding in the Kansas City area including meritorious studies at Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas State University, The Stowers Institute, University of Kansas Medical Center, University of Missouri and University of Missouri-Kansas City. Last year they reduced teenage tobacco usage in Kansas by supporting the American Heart Association’s advocacy for reduced cigarette taxes, resulting in a $.50 tobacco tax increase in Kansas and also empowered 81,000 local individuals to be CPR-trained by the American Heart Association. From 2010-2014, the American Heart Association has funded 21 studies in Kansas at a cost of over $2.6 million and 136 studies in Missouri at $15.86 million. More than $2.7 million was awarded to Kansas City institutions. Visit www.heart.org/KC for more information.

Giving Back to the Community. We run on a philosophy of S.E.E: Service Exceeding Expectations. We see how good Kansas City residents are to one another, and we’ve been blessed to experience this first-hand. Kansas Citians are the only reason we’re still here today, 30 years later. We cannot thank you enough for the kindness you’ve shown us, and for allowing us to grow with you. We are proud to be Kansas City’s local home improvement company, and it is our honor to reciprocate by giving back to the community in any way we can. We’ve participated in projects with: • Extreme Home Makeover • Habitat for Humanity • Christmas in October • No Roof Left Behind • Hillcrest Transitional Housing There’s been countless other projects over the years, and we’re always looking for new ways to give back to the amazing residents of Kansas City. You inspire us to be the very best, exceeding expectations for all the home remodeling services we provide.

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