Neighbors Helping NeighborsThe Neighborhood Specialist position exists to find ways to improve the environment in Excelsior Springs’ neighborhoods.

Here are some things the Neighborhood Specialist can help residents do:

  1. Create a National Neighborhood Watch program or neighborhood co-op or association in your neighborhood.
  2. Organize a neighborhood clean-up day.
  3. Easily navigate the process for making improvements to a historic home.
  4. Complete an application for Chapter 353 tax abatement.
  5. Find financial assistance to accomplish needed home repairs or modifications.
  6. Assist with code compliance complaints.
  7. Assist citizens with receiving help or volunteering through the Neighbors Helping Neighbors program.

Communities for All AgesOther responsibilities for the Neighborhood Specialist include:

  1. To represent the City of Excelsior Springs at the Mid-America Regional Council for the Communities of All Ages program and the First Suburbs Coalition.
  2. To serve as Co-chair of the Communities of Excellence Housing Task Force. This task force is working on promoting financial literacy for first-time home buyers, and finding ways to increase the housing stock for workforce level housing.  Specifically, the neighborhood specialist is researching options for land banking and community land trusts.  This task force also promotes neighborhood beautification through the Curb Appeal Award Program.
  3. To serve as staff liaison to the Historic Preservation Commission. The Historic Preservation Commission serves the property owners of the historic districts as a valuable resource.
  4. To serve as staff liaison to the Excelsior Springs Redevelopment Corporation. The ESRC reviews 353 Tax Abatement applications for approval.
  5. To promote the use of Universal Design and other tools to facilitate successful aging in place.
  6. To serve as code compliance officer to the historic districts.

To communicate with residents through social media regarding community development department services.