Regional Roundup: Metro communities recognized for their accomplishments

Lee's Summit City Hall

Each month, our Management Matter newsletter highlights the awards and recognitions earned by local governments throughout Greater Kansas City. Recent highlights include:

LendEDU ranks Olathe as a budget-friendly city for renters — LendEDU, an online marketplace for financial products, ranked Olathe, Kansas, as the most budget-friendly city for renters in Kansas. LendEDU also ranked Olathe the 36th most budget-friendly city for renters nationally. More than 25,000 U.S. cities were analyzed by comparing median household income and average rent cost.

Overland Park ranks as one of the least stressed cities in U.S. — WalletHub, a personal finance website, ranked Overland Park, Kansas, as one of the least stressed cities in the U.S. WalletHub used 42 metrics across 180 cities in the U.S.

Kansas City, Missouri, receives Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Asphalt Art GrantBloomberg Philanthropies awarded Kansas City, Missouri, its Asphalt Art Grant. Kansas City, Missouri, received this grant in partnership with Midtown KC Now and Street Smarts Design + Build. The grant, worth $25,000, helps cities use art to improve street safety, revitalize public spaces and engage communities.

MMSC recognizes metro cities for revitalization efforts — On June 30, the Missouri Main Street Connection (MMSC), hosted its virtual Downtown Revitalization Award Ceremony. Individuals, organizations and communities representing six metro cities were semifinalists during the 2020 award ceremony. MMSC recognized Blue Springs, Excelsior Springs, Independence, Lee’s Summit, Liberty and Pleasant Hill, Missouri, as semifinalists.

Missouri Municipal Review features Harrisonville’s water treatment plant — The Missouri Municipal Review highlighted the city of Harrisonville’s water treatment project, which was completed in 2018, in its May/June 2020 edition. The article describes Harrisonville’s complete overhaul of its water treatment plant and how it led to improved water quality.

Lee’s Summit receives walk friendly community designation — The Walk Friendly Communities (WFC) program awarded Lee’s Summit, Missouri, with the silver level recognition. The WFC program recognizes cities for their commitment to pedestrians and safe places to walk. Lee’s Summit was one of ten cities to receive this designation.