His path has not been a typical one. As a teen he’s had a goal to own and operate his own business. Well, actually not one business, but several. He’s been a day trader. He’s worked in software development. He’s worked as a business consultant. He hauls junk. He is one of many entrepreneurs in the Lee’s Summit community. This is Seth Kakuske.
They both started as band musicians. Neither planned to become teachers. They are a generation apart and first came together as teacher and student. Both spent a career conducting orchestras in the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District and the Kansas City Youth Symphony. This year, as the Lee’s Summit Symphony opens its 16th season, the two are united yet again — this time as co-conductors. This is Russ Berlin and Kirt Mosier.
Before moving to the world of Chambers of Commerce, he spent 20 years in higher education. The marketing and economic development work on behalf of a university helped prepare him for his second career as an advocate and resource-builder for the business community. And as of August of this year, he is the new President of the Lee’s Summit Chamber. This is Dr. Blake Fry.
He's a painter, singer, producer and songwriter. He's president of a Kansas City-based indie record label — Russian Winter Records. And he's probably a familiar face for those frequenting downtown Lee's Summit's Farmers Market and Fourth Friday Art Walk events. This is Ric Gordon.
On Wednesday we started talking about planning processes happening throughout the City. Today, we’re joined by City Manager Steve Arbo for a more detailed look at the strategic planning process and the various ways the City will be seeking input from residents throughout the community.
This week, we’re talking about planning. Nick and Jason discuss the City’s entry into a talks with the a private land owner about master planning 4,000 acres of undeveloped land; the City’s strategic planning process; and the recently passed amendments to the City’s comprehensive plan for development.
The annual MLK celebration is set, as is a popular local beer festival; and scholarship opportunities abound for local seniors… All this and more in your 3-minute Monday morning NewsLink.
This month, we’re spending some time talking about community involvement. This week, Nick sits down with Rachel Segobia, executive director at Lee’s Summit CARES, to talk about the work her coalition does in the community and how others can join their culture-shifting cause and create a better world for the youth in our community.
Community Voices is a weekly podcast celebrating the individuals who make our community. Host Nick Parker introduces listeners to some of the many people he meets in Lee's Summit, Mo. New episodes are posted every Monday.
Lee's Summit Town Hall
Lee's Summit Town Hall is a weekly podcast conversation highlighting local news and issues and people in Lee's Summit, Missouri. Each week, hosts Jason Norbury and 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.