Community Interaction Officer
CIO Jason Cooley is the Kansas City Missouri Police Department’s newest Community Interaction Officer, serving the Shoal Creek Patrol Division.
Cooley will work with neighborhoods, schools and community groups.
“I feel very fortunate to have CIO Cooley working at the Shoal Creek Division in the capacity of CIO,” said Shoal Creek Maj. David Lindaman in a press release. “He brings with him many years of experience assisting neighborhoods in becoming safer places to live.”
Cooley’s responsibilities include collaborating with the community to resolve issues and building relationships with citizens, freeing up patrol officers to answer calls.
“It will be a welcome relief to all District 1 citizens to have a new Community Interaction Officer. CIO Cartwright set the bar high and I have every confidence that CIO Cooley will bring back public safety communications and collaboration to our neighborhoods and families,” said Councilwoman Heather Hall.
Officer Rick Cartwright served as CIO at Shoal Creek Patrol for about four years before retiring.
Small Business Bootcamp
A Small Business Bootcamp for local entrepreneurs is planned Sept. 15 at the Woodneath Library Center, 8900 N.E. Flintlock Road, Kansas City, North.
The free event is hosted by Mid-Continent Public Library and the Clay County Economic Development Council.
Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and the event begins at 9 a.m. with a keynote speaker.
Breakout sessions will be offered on: Creating Your Brand, Non-Traditional Advertising, Online Sales, Finding Your Customer, Building a Marketing Plan, and The Marriage of Online & Traditional Advertising.
A resource fair and networking are included in the event.
“The bootcamp is a great place for aspiring entrepreneurs to get started, whether it’s by making new connections, learning new skills, or finding the right resources to launch their business,” said Hanna Taylor, business specialist at Mid-Continent Public Library in a press release.
The bootcamp is funded by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
Registration is required and can be done online at mymcpl.org/squareone or by calling any library branch.
Park University donation
Missouri American Water has donated $50,000 to Park University for its planned Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center, which will house Park’s School of Business. The groundbreaking will take place sometime in 2018.
Missouri American Water’s donation will help fund classroom space in the building.
“Park University has been an important part of Parkville’s history and community for more than 140 years. As the water provider for Parkville, Missouri American Water looks for opportunities to support local businesses and institutions,” said Missouri American Water President Cheryl Norton in a press release.
“We are proud to be able to contribute to the School of Business campaign that will increase Park University’s footprint, create opportunities for students wishing to pursue educational endeavors and allow the University to continue to support our veterans.”
Gospel Music Heritage
Jeff Lane and Made Worthy will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Gospel Music Heritage, 102 Lewis St., Edgerton.
The quartet sings Southern Gospel Music.
A free will offering will be taken. Call 816-532-2485 or go to www.gospelmusicheritage.net for information.
About 35 people attended the Northland Grandfamilies annual picnic at Macken Park in North Kansas City on June 24.
“It was a nice event. The kids interacted and the grandparents visited with each other,” said Christine Brunkow, program coordinator for Northland Grandfamilies. “North Kansas City Parks and Recreation co-sponsored it and provided the shelter and a great obstacle course, which the kids loved.”
The event also included crafts, games and a picnic. Gladstone Hy-Vee, Gladstone Walmart, Liberty Walmart, and Sprouts Farmers Market all donated supplies and food, Brunkow said.
Other co-sponsors were Northland Grandfamilies and the University of Missouri Clay County Extension Service.
Northland Grandfamilies provides programs and support for grandparents and others relatives raising children and youth. For information call 816-407-3490.