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Melinda J. Mehaffy
Economic Development Director
201 E. Broadway
Excelsior Springs, MO 64024

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Excelsior Springs is in a re-awakening to a bright and exciting future. In the beginning, Excelsior Springs was a resort community that attracted people from all over the world to it's unique mineral waters. Today, Excelsior Springs is experiencing a resurgence that has incorporated both its historic tourism appeal and planned commercial expansion. The city is developing a master plan called Vision 2028 that has incorporated all aspects of community growth as a road map into the future.

Excelsior Springs is today a diverse mix of places, people, environments and businesses, all within a reasonable community boundary and a reasonable traveling distance to the greater Kansas City area, facilitating greater business to business and labor market interactions. Excelsior Springs has the space, range of facilities, landscapes and environments to offer the quality of life necessary to compete with other cities in the Kansas City area.

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New development on the west side of Excelsior Springs is bringing a new Aldi Store to the corner of McCleary Street, as well as a new El Maguey Mexican Restaurant in the Vintage Plaza Development.

Projects in the downtown include two new microbreweries, the Fishing River Market, and new housing community inside the Royal Hotel.

The city, in concert with other involved entities in the private or non-profit sector, strives to provide the best customer service possible in helping new and existing businesses become established.  Excelsior Springs is growing with numerous commercial projects in the planning stages, underway and many recently completed. Recent examples are -- Red Cross Pharmacy, Community Bank of Missouri, E Z Quick Lube, Waffle House, Walgreens Drug Store and EXT Plastics. Click here for information on the Excelsior Springs Enhanced Enterprise Zone.

The city is home to a growing number of new doctors, clinics and pharmacies that provide competitive healthcare resources. The completion of a $9 million Outpatient Clinic and Wellness Center merged into Excelsior Springs Hospital has served as a catalyst for much of the current health industry growth. When the Radiology Department addition was completed in 2009, it allowed for an expanded Emergency Room, bringing the Hospital campus to 155,000 square feet. In 2010, the Hospital purchased digital x-ray and fluoroscopy technology to allow real-time x-ray imaging and state-of-the-art, highly accurate bone density technology that can test bone mass in less than 15 minutes. The new technology will decrease patient wait times significantly.

Recent efforts of the city council and administration, Historic Preservation Commission, downtown businesses and citizens have resulted in a local Historic Hall of Waters District, two National Register commercial districts and the designation of Excelsior Springs as a Missouri DREAM Initiative City. There has been enormous momentum to redevelop the entire district. Recent private investment includes the renovation of the five-story Oaks Hotel as senior housing and a large two-part commercial structure for new businesses, both utilizing historic tax credits.

Tourism and travel is an important component of the downtown economy which includes the attraction of the famous historic Elms Hotel Resort & Spa. New exploration for operation of the water bar and spa in the Hall of Waters, as well as for the bottling of the mineral waters, are all within the works of the City Council. The Chamber of Commerce actively works with the city to assist in facilitating new business investment in the community, relocation, and assimilation.

New growth provides additional shopping, dining and recreational enjoyment for visitors throughout the city today. Come join us as we celebrate more than 125 years in providing quality of life for visitors, residents, and businesses, alike.

Additional resources:

Community prospectus online
Missouri Department of Economic Development