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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 4, 2013

Business incubator in urban core opens Sept. 5

Once a brownfield, now state-of-the-art green

The City of Kansas City, Mo., announces the grand opening of the Blue Hills Business Center and Contractor Incubator at 5008 Prospect Ave. on Thursday, Sept. 5.

The $3.3 million center once was an abandoned building on a brownfield in the City’s urban core. Now it’s a LEED Gold and Energy Star-certified structure that houses a business incubator designed to spark new jobs and training in the Green Impact Zone.

The grand opening is scheduled for 4:30-7:30 p.m. with tours and entertainment hosted by Blue Hills Community Services. A program begins at 5 p.m. with remarks by Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, Mayor Sly James and others.

The project came about when a regional partnership administered by the City secured three grants: a $2.2 million EnergyWorks KC grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and two Community Development Block Grants totaling $867,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The project was built with the help of small construction companies, and the incubator will continue to work with these small businesses by providing additional training and support with bid preparation, project management and obtaining lines of credit. The project also provides office space for lease, public meeting space, offices for community services and a home repair and weatherization center.

For more information contact Jerry Shechter, director of EnergyWorks KC, at 816-513-3401.

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