Community Improvement Districts
The Waldo CID is a political subdivision led by a volunteer board representing the property owners, business owners, and customers of Waldo that fund the work that keeps our district safe, clean and thriving.
What is a CID?
The International Downtown Association estimates that more than 1,000 Community Improvement Districts (CID’s) currently operate throughout the United States and Canada. A CID provides enhanced improvements and activities, such as economic development, parking management, maintenance and marketing, in addition to those provided by local government. CID’s are proven to work by providing services that improve the overall viability of business districts – resulting in higher property values, occupancies and sales.
Waldo Improvement District
Established in 2009, in cooperation with the City of Kansas City, the Waldo Community Improvement District is a special assessment district that conveys benefits to the properties located within the district boundaries. The management of the CID provides enhanced economic development, promotion, communications along with landscape maintenance, daily trash and removal, graffiti and weed abatement, area awareness officers/ambassadors and anything that ensures a clean, safe and inviting district. The CID has been used successfully in Waldo to improve the district’s business climate with new investment, jobs and civic improvements overall enhancing the image of the community.
- Daily trash and weed removal
- Gateway Landscape maintenance
- Graffiti removal
- Daily Security Services
- Fountain maintenance
- Holiday lighting
Waldo CID Board of Directors
- Sam Gromowsky, Almar Printing, President
- Becky Beck, American Family Insurance, Vice President
- Peggy LaPierre, AFLAC, Treasurer
- Dave Smith, Dave Smith the Lamp Maker, Secretary
- Kevin Ryan, Governor Stumpy’s Grill House
- Chris Lewellen, Two Lew’s Properties
- Steve Vawter, Vawter and Co.
- Advocacy for businesses
- Facilitation of projects
- Business resource
- Information and referral
- Data collection economic development
- Storefront Improvement Grants
- Visitor promotion – Events and Event Rebate Program
CID Products & Publications
- Web page includes:
- Business Directory
- Interactive Maps
- Dining, Shopping Map
- Interactive Event Calendar
- Up-to-date news
- Personal Interviews
- Annual Report – release each summer
- Newsletter – monthly publication sent out to 1,650 people or businesses
- Events Calendar – distribute over 400 each week to businesses and individuals
- Annual events:
- Waldo Crawldo Pub Crawl
- Waldo Fall Festival
- Waldo Wellness and Fitness Walk
- Waldo Summer Passport
- Monthly Business to Business Networking Events
- Other events:
- Thirsty 3rd Thursday Art Crawl
- Waldo Falldo Crawldo
- Annual events:
Waldo CID dollars at work: Waldo now has three Area Awareness Officers patrolling on bikes. The Waldo Area Awareness Offices of Chesley Brown Companies, will be interacting with merchants and citizens to assist in creating a secure, well-managed and welcoming environment to all parties who frequent the Waldo area. The Area Awareness Officers will provide a uniformed, visible presence to observe, report and serve as sources of information to the public, police officers, local businesses, tenants and other agencies and organizations. The services of the Area Awareness Officers are not intended to replace any situations that require police intervention.
The Waldo CID has hired a professional janitorial company to begin a supplemental clean up service in the Waldo area. It is still the responsibility of businesses to keep their property clean, but the Waldo Wizards assist in picking up excess trash and graffiti removal. The goal in engaging the Wizards are to make Waldo a place everyone can be proud of and where customers feel comfortable doing business. We ask for your help in taking pride of your property and keeping it clean at all times. If you notice anything that needs attention in the neighborhood, feel free to give us a call at 816-523-5553.
The Waldo CID has engaged a professional marketing agency to assist in promoting the businesses district an our events. A co-op advertising program has been created as benefit for our member businesses. CID members can purchase low-cost ads in local media through this program. Waldo CID marketing efforts also include special promotions, events, email campaigns and a vibrant Facebook community. If you are a Waldo CID member and are interested in our advertising co-ops, please call Jennifer Prusa at 816-916-9252.