Ep. 82: Developing Potential

Jason took a vacation this week, but being the hard-working loyal sidekick he is, he took some time to pre-record an interview with representatives from local service organization, Developing Potential, inc. Development director Amy Cox and board member Bob Glaser sat down with Jason and Nick to talk about the services offered to local residents as well as some exciting growth news and how you can help them reach their goals.

Ep. 80: Building entrepreneurial velocity

Jason and Nick start to breakdown some of the ballot issues voters will see in November and Chuck Cooper and Jon Cundiff, of Velocity Lee’s Summit, join Nick for conversation on the not-for-profit and its mission to build up and support our local entrepreneurial community.

Ep. 79: It's Oktoberfest weekend!

The Lee’s Summit Chamber’s Stacy Needles and Stephanie Kusek join the show to preview this weekend’s annual Oktoberfest in downtown Lee’s Summit. Hosts and Jason and Nick also take a little time to review Mayor Bill Baird’s first State of the City address and start to open a conversation on the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District and it’s current facilities master plan and school boundary processes.

Ep. 78: Eating wings for the greater good

You read that right. This week is your opportunity to eat some wings and do some good. Lee’s Summit attorney Chris Turney joins the show to talk about his Wings 4 Water charity event taking place Thursday night in the parking lot at Bridge Space in downtown Lee’s Summit. Before Jason and Nick get to the wings, though, they talk a little about a proposed office development in downtown Lee’s Summit and how the developer has made changes to the plan based on feedback from area residents, property owners and other stakeholders.

Ep. 77: Looking forward and celebrating arts in our schools

It’s Arts in Education week. Nick and Jason sit down with Jeannine Akins and Aimee Fresia, of the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, to talk about the role the arts play in our schools, as well as some of the programming going on in the district. But before they get there, the guys point out some upcoming opportunities for residents to make their voices heard on the future of our City.

Ep. 76: An entrepreneurial dream takes flight

We're a day late with this week's episode. But we have a good reason. We wanted to record live from a cool new development in town. Wednesday night, Jason and Nick attended the launch party for the new Bridge Space Lee's Summit. The downtown-based entrepreneurial hub and coworking space has been the dream of local business owner Ben Rao for several years. This week, the dream became reality. During the party, the duo grabbed Ben, and some of the guests (including Mayor Bill Baird), to talk about the space and what it could mean for the continued growth of the city.

Ep. 75: A light week

This is a light week as we head into the Labor Day weekend. But before we all take advantage of the extra day off, Jason and Nick take a look at one of the discussions from last week's City Council meeting before filling you in on some upcoming local events.

Ep. 74: Knock-knock... Housekeeping

Jason and Nick take a look at some of the agenda items from Thursday's City Council meeting, including a proposed ordinance enforcing a sign-in procedure for residents wishing to address the Council and limiting those public comments to three minutes. Also, they consumed more tacos — this time from Sabor Latino Restaurant on Woods Chapel Road.

Ep. 73: Information is always good

Jason and Nick congratulate the City on its newest effort to pass information from the City Council on to residents and take a look at Lee's Summit Parks and Recreation's newest piece of real estate. Oh, and in a surprising turn of events, the guys ate tacos again.

Ep. 72: The results are in

Jason and Nick stayed up last night to bring you the results from Tuesday's primary and state-wide elections. And the Taco Review Board is back. This week, a trio of tacos from La Fuente on Douglas Street. Are you the proprietor of a local restaurant? Does your business make tacos? Let us know, we want eat them and tell the world all about them.

Ep. 70: Pearl Tavern has tacos?!?!

The Wonder Twin powers of Andy Lock and Domhall Malloy seem to have struck again. This time in form of a new seafood restaurant in the Summit Woods Crossing shopping area. Jason and Nick discuss their first foray into the menu before the promised return of our Taco Review Board. This week, we hit Stuey McBrew's Taco Tuesday specials.

In actual news, the duo discuses recent conceptual incentive request presentations to the Lee's Summit City Council. While no formal requests have been made, this is a good opportunity for the public to learn about proposed developments as well as gauge the Council's appetite for the use of incentives in these particular projects.

Ep. 69: Grow the circle, grow the giving

Sometimes there are no better community conversations to have than ones focused on people doing good works. This week, Jason and Nick sit down with Eastland Giving Circle board member Christine Foresee and founding member, Jane Stepp. Eastland Giving Circle utilizes annual donations from its membership to award a grant to one organization each year. Foresee and Stepp talk about what drew them into this organization and how it chooses its annual grant recipients. 

Ep. 68: The State of the Great American Cocktail address

It's July 4. We're celebrating our nation's independence and purposefully putting aside our serious civic discussions. Today, we want to relax, enjoy family and friends and celebrate. And since much of America enjoys mixing that celebration with a fine adult beverage or two, we thought we would once again turn to our local experts cocktails and beers, Seth Allen and Nigel Woodbury. Seth, the owner of Libations & Co., is an amateur historian, avid reader and darn good bartender (despite his lack of a tuxedo.) Nigel is, as proclaimed by hosts Nick Parker and Jason Norbury, the ambassador of downtown Lee's Summit night life. Join us this week for a discussion on the state of the great American cocktail and a look at our favorite summer beverages.

Ep. 66: We're talking ROI, baby

Mayor Bill Baird said he was ready for a City Council conversation analyzing the City's return on investment as related to funding its Public Service Agreements. The use of plural in that sentence is a little gratuitous. The reason why? Council member Bob Johnson wasted little time two weeks ago changing discussion…

Ep. 65: PSAs, raises & the budget — There's been a whole lotta talkin', but...

The budget has been at the forefront of any public conversation about our City Council for the past 8-to-10 months. And there's been no shortage of hyperbole and shots across one group or another's bow. Just this week, newly (re-) elected Council member Bob Johnson once again set his sights on the City's Public Service Agreements. But despite all the rancor, Jason and Nick point out there really aren't many differences between this year's proposed budget from the previous year. As Jason simply put it, "Ain't nobody gettin' those raises." So is the lack of drastic change good or bad? We don't yet know. But it's worth noting the change in language and tenor now that the election cycle is over.

Ep. 64: Foreseen technical difficulties

This week we learn a new term — Foreseen Technical Difficulties. It wasn't really a big deal, but Jason and Nick poke a little fun at the lack of live video during this week's City Council Budget and Finance Committee meeting. This week, the duo talks about State Senators' ability to understand 4-page documents and offer a little insight into Thursday's City staff presentation of the City's next fiscal budget.

Ep. 63: Celebrating summer and downtown Lee's Summit

The annual Downtown Days weekend is less than 10 days away. To help you get prepared for our City's biggest festival year, Jason and Nick sit down with Downtown Lee's Summit Main Street's Events Director Julie Cook and Board President Dave Eames to preview the event. And while we're on the subject of downtown, the duo take a quick look at the social and economic impact the district has on our community.