The purpose of this work is to stimulate economic development in the Blue River Valley industrial corridor by realizing the vision of the eco-industrial park concept.
The Blue River Valley was once a source of abundant clean water, rich soil for farming, and a favorite playground for Kansas Citians enjoying fishing, water sports, houseboats, and restaurants. The industrial age brought great change to the river and surrounding neighborhoods; where industry selected riverside sites and brought jobs and economic activity but, over time, converted the once pristine river and surrounding land into a toxic wasteland. As the industrial businesses left, so did the jobs supporting the surrounding neighborhoods. The Blue River Valley – which was once a nature lover destination and thriving industrial community – is now in serious economic decline with an uncertain future.
In recent years, a significant amount of work has gone into assessing how to reclaim the Blue River Valley. Recent analysis and plans have included a report card grading the ecological health of the Blue River, development site assessment, and market analysis on the area’s competitiveness to attract new companies as tenants.
- Blue River Ecodustrial Corridor
- 2020 Blue River Report Card & Action Plan (Heartland Conservation Alliance)
- 2017 Blue River Valley Redevelopment Opportunity Assessment (EDC)
- Vacant Lots in Blue River Valley Watershed
- 2021 Regional Climate Action Plan (Climate Action KC/MARC)