Weekly podcast, Lee's Summit Town Hall, aims to highlight local issues & personalities
In a continuing effort to both acknowledge those who actively pursue the continued growth and success of the Lee's Summit community as well encourage every resident to remain an informed and active member of the community, Link 2 Lee's Summit is proud to announce a new weekly podcast — Lee's Summit Town Hall.
Host Jason Norbury has been a guest columnist for Link 2 Lee's Summit. His contributions have looked to break down ballot issues beyond the legal language and present them in a manner better suited to informing voters. Lee's Summit Town Hall offers Norbury an additional opportunity to inform residents of his hometown and encourage more people to become actively involved in the community.
"Our community is more successful when residents are informed and involved," Norbury said. "Not everyone is a government nerd like me, but I hope I can talk about some of these important community issues in a way that informs and gives cause for listeners to take part in the process. Additionally, this gives us an opportunity to introduce listeners to some of the great people around town who are involved and who are doing things to help shape Lee's Summit's future."
In addition to discussing local issues stemming from city hall and Lee's Summit's economic development, both Norbury and co-host Nick Parker will use each week's podcast as an opportunity to feature some of the people making an impact on the community. This initial episode features an interview with local activist and entrepreneur Dave Eames. Eames is the owner of Fossil Forge Design, as well as member of Downtown Lee's Summit Main Street's Board of Directors.
Episode 1 also focuses on the 12 proposed amendments to the City Charter. For the past year, a panel of 12 people, appointed by the City, have reviewed the City's governing text and have submitted 12 amendments to be presented to the voters on election day, April 4.
"Our goal with this discussion, and other civic matters, is to break down the sometimes cumbersome language of ballot measures as well as cut through some of the rancor we find on social media," Parker said. "We want to provide a little insight into how the process works and offer context and insight into what these proposed amendments mean and how they would affect the City's governance going forward. From there, we hope we've educated listeners enough that they can confidently enter the booth and make an informed choice."
About Jason Norbury:
An attorney by trade, Jason Norbury is a Lee's Summit resident and active member of the community, serving as volunteer and member of the Board of Directors for Downtown Lee's Summit Main Street. Additionally, he has been appointed by the Mayor to serve on the City of Lee's Summit Planning Commission, of which he currently chairs.
As a contributor to Link 2 Lee's Summit, Jason offers insight into civic issues and opportunities for residents to become involved in the community's continued growth and success. In addition to guest columns breaking down election issues and ballot measures, He is the host of Link 2 Lee's Summit's weekly podcast, Lee's Summit Town Hall. In the podcast, Jason and Link 2 Lee's Summit publisher Nick Parker discuss pertinent issues and topics concerning local residents and introduce listeners to some of the people who help make Lee’s Summit a vibrant and growing community.
About Nick Parker:
Nick Parker's connections to Lee's Summit stretch back more than two decades. His introduction to covering the community as a reporter began as an intern with the Lee's Summit Journal in 1996, which led to a six-year stint with the newspaper as an editor. The first 15 years of his career, Nick was immersed in the media industry serving community papers as a reporter, editor and corporate director throughout the Midwest and the United States. While in the newspaper industry, he focused his efforts on design and engagement with both readership and the business community in which the publications served.
Prior to launching Link 2 Lee's Summit in 2016, Nick served as head of the marketing department at one of the most successful commercial real estate firms in the Midwest, developing and implementing on-going marketing programs designed to garner market recognition locally, regionally and nationally. Additionally, he was a leader on the firm’s public sector consulting team, managing public engagement and participation during economic development analysis and planning assignments for communities throughout the Midwest. A partial list of public sector clients include: Saline County, Missouri; Lafayette County, Missouri; Mexico, Missouri; Clinton, Missouri; Grandview, Missouri; Richmond, Missouri; and Leavenworth, Kansas.
Nick is a member of the Lee's Summit Arts Council and an active volunteer with Downtown Lee's Summit Main Street.