Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation Supports High School Engineering Innovation

Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation Supports High School Engineering Innovation

BLUE SPRINGS, MO (June 5, 2014) — The Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation

(EDC), with participation from Grow Blue Springs, invested $5,000 to support Zechariah Lefholz

and Michael Alexander, both seniors at Blue Springs High School, in continued development of

their NFC Lock, a device designed to open locks using an automated system.


Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Engineering and Design students from Blue Springs and Blue

Springs South High Schools were presented with a real life problem and were tasked with

creating a solution to the problem over the course of the school year. They were guided by

Angelia Schnakenberg, PLTW instructor for both schools. The EDC team evaluated the senior

students’ projects in May and considered their research, viability of the solution, presentation

and the potential for being marketed. Out of 13 projects, the team awarded Zechariah and

Michael’s project with the opportunity to use $5,000 in funding to advance their product to

market as well as the opportunity to work with area business resources and subject matter

mentors to assist them in launching the initiative.


The EDC and Grow Blue Springs recognize the future of the community depends on

engagement and support of local youth entrepreneurship through the investment of time and

money. The organizations were supported in their efforts to make the program investment

through the generous support of: Blue Springs EDC, Lyle Shaver, Kim Deveny, Blue Springs

School District Foundation, The Mayor’s Fund, Ecto Development and LEAD Bank, and UCM.

These supporters are committed to working with the Blue Springs School District to support

student innovation and entrepreneurship.



Since 2005, the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation (EDC) has been an integral

component of community growth. By facilitating policy development, EDC helps set the stage for

the future of Blue Springs. This includes business development activities that lead to the

creation of jobs and community wealth. EDC’s role is to help attract well-placed, thoughtful and

planned growth that meets the community’s needs while positioning Blue Springs as a

“community of choice.” To do this, EDC develops programs and initiatives that foster and shape

development and investment in the community. EDC is charged with proactively providing

assistance to companies and individuals seeking to open, locate or expand their business in

Blue Springs ranging from startups and entrepreneurs to existing employers and new


CONTACT: Brien Starner, 816.228.0209