(INDEPENDENCE, Mo.) Tuesday, April 22, 2014 – iNforce Business Protection Network, powered by Nextdoor.com, is a partnership between the City of Independence, MO, Independence Economic Development Council, Independence Tourism Department, nextdoor.com and local business leaders. The new initiative will connect businesses through a fresh and innovative medium while rethinking the possibilities of how businesses function and communicate within a community.
“iNforce, powered by Nextdoor.com is a private social network for our business community to interact online for free. Business representatives can sign up within their defined district and interact with their neighboring businesses. Thousands of neighborhoods are already using Nextdoor.com to build happier, safer and better connected neighborhoods,” said Tom Lesnak, President of the Independence Economic Development Council.
iNforce Business Protection Network will use nationally recognized website and mobile application, Nextdoor.com, to create an online network of business owners within designated districts in Independence. The 40 Highway corridor will serve as a pilot business district, using nextdoor.com to start building a stronger, more proactive crime reporting system among neighboring businesses.
“Citizens have identified the redevelopment of 40 Highway and southwestern Independence as a top priority. This begins with increased safety and security and building relationships between business owners, property owners, and law enforcement. iNforce was created as a no-cost way for businesses to effectively and proactively deter crime and disorder and send a message that Independence is a city united around public safety,” said City of Independence Mayor Eileen Weir.
Connecting business owners online through Nextdoor.com allows real-time communication with other businesses within their district. This effort parallels well with the Community Oriented Problem Solving (COPS) initiative activated by the Independence Police Department. Along with the implementation of an online business protection network, the iNforce initiative includes Business Academy classes presented by the Independence Police Department. The police department will offer four classes, (June 12, July 10, August 14 and September 18) to area business owners seeking information on how they can better work with the department to help prevent future crimes or how to self-protect their business assets and engage in local community policing programs.
For more information about the iNforce initiative, contact Ann Smith-Tate, Economic Development Manager for the City of Independence at (816) 325-7796 or ASmithTate@indepmo.org; or Tom Lesnak, President, Independence Economic Development Council at (816) 463-3510 or firstname.lastname@example.org.