Leawood Planning Commission Considers Numerous Town Center Plaza Updates

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At the October 13 Leawood Planning Commission meeting, several ordinance and plan changes were discussed that would change some of the procedures for review and approval of changes to store “trade dress” (facades) and signage in retail centers.   The discussion specifically related to plans submitted for modernizing the tenant storefront guidelines for signage and trade dress at Town Center …

Enterprise Center to Lead Johnson County CARES Small Business Grant

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The Enterprise Center in Johnson County (ECJC) has been selected by Johnson County Government to be the lead agency to distribute the recently announced direct grants to small business program.  This grant program is designed to address the economic hardships that Johnson County small businesses are experiencing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  The program is open to all Johnson County small …

Leawood Named in Top 50 Best Places to Live Rankings by Money.com

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Money.com – the digital destination for personal finance and news – has announced its annual ranking of the Best Places to Live in the United States, and Leawood, KS, is included in the Top 50. Money.com looked at 50 towns and cities with a population of at least 25,000 where the economy, job growth, and housing market remained strong despite …

Additional COVID Relief Grants for Kansas Businesses

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Governor announced a second round of CARES Act funding applications to open August 19 at 12:00 p.m. Businesses can apply for a total of more than $130 million in grants to serve those most affected by the pandemic and for companies that can expand broadband access in the state. Information on SPARK economic development and connectivity grant programs can now …

Updates from the City of Leawood

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The City Council’s Governing Body met on Monday, June 1. Among the agenda items discussed was the City’s decision not to hold it’s annual fireworks display on the 4th. “This was clearly a tough decision for the Council. Traditionally the City has offered shuttle busses from the offices along Tomahawk Creek Parkway into the park. Trying to maintain any semblance …

What You Need to Know about the Paycheck Protection Program

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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated just shy of $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses designed to help small businesses keep employees on the payroll. Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if …

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Now Available for Kansas Companies

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has begun offering emergency disaster loans for Kansas businesses n response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The SBA will work directly with state governors to target businesses and nonprofits most affected by Coronavirus. The low-interest loans can provide up to $2 million through the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster program.  The Kansas Small Business Development Center …

Council Approves Amended Final Plan For Ranch Mart Shopping Center

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An amended Final Plan for the redevelopment of the Ranch Mart North Shopping center has received approval by the City of Leawood. The center will undergo a major revamp to include the complete renovation of the main building’s facade with modern materials, a new two-story mixed-use building, the creation of a pedestrian plaza and the upgrade of the entire site …

Leawood Designated a Purple Heart City

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Leawood is now a Purple Heart City thanks to the efforts of the Leawood Rotary and Leawood City Council. At a meeting of the City Council on November 4, Mayor Dunn made the official proclamation which will see the City become part of the nationwide Purple Heart Trail. Representatives from the local chapter of the Military Order of the Purple …

Leawood Takes Title of Best Small City in America….Again!

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For the second year in a row, the website Wallethub has named Leawood the number one best small city in America. Leawood tops the 2019 list of “Best Small Cities in America” which compared more than 1,200 cities with populations between 25,000 and 100,000.  Among the considerations that gave Leawood an edge were its exceptionally low levels of poverty, highly …