Luxury Tiny Homes Arriving in Wichita Soon

The “tiny home” is the latest trend in real estate and the city of Wichita is about to take the plunge into this market. The tiny home industry is booming thanks to the popularity of people wanting to downsize and go with a more minimalist lifestyle. Entrepreneurs Abby Nelson and Brady Sherman and are ready to make the tiny home dream a reality for many Wichitans. The two are founders of MicroMansions, a startup company with the goal of building more than 120 tiny homes in East Wichita later this year.

For the last 18 months, Nelson and Sherman have been working on their business plan, securing financial backing, designing the layouts, and hiring builders for their project. The partners have also met with city planners to discuss zoning issues and regulations and have also purchased the plot of land needed to build the homes. These high-end energy-efficient homes are aimed at first-time home buyers, empty nesters, and those people wanting flexibility in their lives and the ability to pick up and travel often.

The layouts of these homes range from 400 – 576 square feet and will sit on a 0.1-acre lot. Each home will feature a full kitchen, a bathroom with walk-in shower, and a washer and dryer unit. Some of the homes will even include a two-car garage and balcony. All homes will have 8-foot ceilings and most will be vaulted to convey a more spacious feeling. The homes are expected to range in prices from $75,000-100,000 and will be able to be reserved for only $1,000 down. The first model home in the development is expected to be complete by June and potential buyers will then have the opportunity to walk through the home to determine if the tiny home lifestyle fits their tastes.

Kansas City Population Holds While St. Louis Slips

The latest population data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday indicates that while the Kansas City metro area is holding its rank, St. Louis is falling behind. Although the population of St. Louis grew minimally between 2016 and 2017, it was not enough to keep up with the growth of the cities above it and thus it fell in overall rankings, falling out of the top 20 in the country. The population of St. Louis fell by more than 4,500 residents which marks the largest decrease since the 2010 Census.

Although the city of St. Louis saw a significant decrease, the overall metro area grew slightly. The largest growth in St. Louis occurred in St. Charles County, which added more than 4,700 residents. Officials point to the affluent suburb’s quality schools, low crime rates, and prevalence of jobs as reasons for its popularity.

The population of Kansas City grew by 22,500 during this same time period, which was enough to maintain its ranking as the 30th largest metro area. Johnson County saw the most growth, increasing by more than 6,400 people. Although this growth clearly outpaced the rest of the metro area, the increase was still not enough to catch up with leader Jackson County.

Despite all the shifts in population centers, the top ten overall metro areas in the nation remain unchanged with the New York City area still leading the pack. The Dallas-Fort Worth metro area saw the largest increase for cities, adding more than 146,000 residents in one year. The biggest jump as listed by county happened in Maricopa County in the Phoenix area in which the population increased by 74,000 people since mid-2016. The national population estimate as reported by the Census Bureau is 327,398,525.

Two Arkansas Residents Leave Hospital Without Permission – One’s a Psychologist, The Other’s a Patient

Arkansas law enforcement authorities kicked off a statewide manhunt for a longtime employee of the Arkansas Department of Human Services on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. The psychologist, Michelle Messer, willingly helped a Cory Chapin escape.

In actuality, both of the individuals escaped, and haven’t yet been found.

A mental health professional is said to have taken a patient outside the Arkansas State Hospital without permission. Michelle Messer, a 41-year-old psychologist, has worked for the Department of Human Services in Arkansas for roughly nine years, which seems like a lot to lose for just one patient – especially one that police haven’t been able to identify any reason urging Messer to break both Arkansas State Hospital and Arkansas state laws.

Ms. Messer led Corey Chapin, a 46-year-old male, outside of the building through passages patients weren’t allowed to use on their own. Messer is indicated by Arkansas State Hospital’s website as a “psychological examiner for forensics.”

So here’s how the incident went down: the female psychological examiner had used her physical access card – similar to a driver’s license that workplaces with various levels of security used to control access to certain areas – to walk through the forensics unit.

An outdoor exit was located directly outside of the forensics lab door Messer used her authority to enter, from which both suspects fled. It’s unclear how they left, if they left together, and what vehicle they’re possibly driving.

Further, authorities have no idea if Messer and Chapin have a relationship, as authorities are bare on leads for motive.

Ms. Michelle Messer is currently outstanding on an arrest warrant of aiding an unauthorized departure, a misdemeanor offense that shouldn’t leave Messer in too deep of a hole of trouble. However, Arkansas State Hospital made clear that she would be fired once authorities found where she is.

Even though Cory Chapin is likely in the same area as Messer, and have spent the entireties of their leave from the hospital with one another, Chapin isn’t slated to be charged with anything.

Mr. Chapin has a somewhat-lengthy history of criminal activity, including a 2015 incident that involved theft, kidnapping, drug possession, and unauthorized use of a vehicle. He was sent to a mental hospital because he reported that God instructed him to kidnap someone that had previously given him a haircut.

Chapin also escaped 25 months ago, but was found after roughly 12.

Rahm Emanuel Fired This Police Chief – Now He’s Running Against Emanual

In 2015, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy was fired by Rahm Emanual, who still works as the city’s Mayor. McCarthy claimed that he was “thrown under the bus,” indicating that he likely didn’t deserve to be fired.

Some people say the world keeps up with karma. Whether that’s true or not, life certainly is funny; it’s got a weird sense of humor. On Wednesday night, March 21, 2018, that former Chicago Police Superintendent, Garry McCarthy, published a video that claimed he’d be in The Windy City’s run for mayor.

Rather than posting the video to Facebook or another social media platform, like most political candidates do, Mr. Garry McCarthy posted the video to his official website. The video was – and still is – titled “Chicago Needs Change.”

McCarthy supports police, as a former high-ranking member himself of Chicago’s law enforcement squad, is against governmental overreach, and largely shares Democratic views outside of the above two anomalies.

Both candidates running for the title of Chicago Mayor are Democrats, as the city has largely only voted for Democrats for several decades. Rahm Emanual was even once called to step down, following an alleged intentional attempt at covering up a video tape that identified Jason Van Dyke unloading underage teenager Laquan McDonald a whopping 16 times.

People around Chicago largely think that Rahm Emanual was responsible for the cover up, because he first was on the same side as both McCarthy and Van Dyke, then Emanueal turned his story around and fired McCarthy.

Mr. McCarthy expects to use parts of that tape to illustrate to the voters of Chicago who they would otherwise be voting for if they didn’t put in votes for the former Police Chief of Chicago.

Van Dyke, on the other hand, is in jail awaiting to be sentenced for muder.

United Airlines Mistakenly Sends Dog Bound for Kansas to Japan

It has not been a good week for the public relations department of United Airlines, especially when it comes to traveling pets. Just a few days after a French bulldog died in an overhead bin, the airline is coming under fire for mistakenly sending a dog bound for Kansas to Japan. Kara Swindle and her husband were flying from Portland, Oregon to their new home in Wichita, Kansas when their 10-year-old German Shephard was not correctly moved at the airport in Kansas City. The Swindle’s dog, Irgo, was mistaken for a Great Dane traveling to Japan and Irgo landed hours later in Tokoyo. After being inspected by a veterinarian in Japan, Irgo was flown back to his owners on a private corporate jet, arriving more than 48 hours later.

Two days after Irgo’s mix-up, United was forced to make an unplanned landing in Ohio after it was discovered it was carrying a dog that was put on the wrong aircraft. United has since announced the suspension of its PetSafe program, while it reviews the practices it uses in transporting animals. This suspension only applies to those animals that are kept in the cargo space, and not those that travel in the overhead bins. The review is expected to be complete by May 1, at which time United will announce how it will proceed. In 2017, United accounted for only one-quarter of all of the nation’s animal flight transports, however, the airline logged three-quarters of all deaths incurred to those animals. It has been a rough year for the United Airlines public relations department and these latest pet issues are only going to exacerbate the problem.

Des Moines Civic Group Keeps Capital City ‘Pristine’

A Des Moines booster group is celebrating 20 years of operation and listing a number of accomplishments it says have made Iowa’s largest city and capital a fantastic place to live.

In the year 2017 alone, Operation Downtown officials said they removed 657,976 pounds of trash from Des Moines’ streets, parks, lots and byways. They also scrubbed away 1,843 tags of graffiti.

Other good deeds claimed by Operation Downtown include power washing 481 block faces and giving personal assistance to 9,199 people in Des Moines and its suburbs.

When it was established two decades ago, Operation Downtown set a mission dedicated to making Des Moines a “safer, cleaner place to work, live and visit.”

Members of the group say that striving to make this Midwest city of 203,000 “welcoming and beautiful” enhances the quality of life for residents and visitors.

Operation Downtown works under a kind of umbrella organization called The Greater Des Moines Partnership. This is a consortium of civic groups, including 23 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce. It also enjoys the support of some 6,100 regional private business entities and 320 individual investors.

Volunteers who work for Operation Downtown are called “ambassadors.” They are proud of the fact that they work “behind the scenes” on projects that constantly maintain and improve the Des Moines metropolitan environment.

Their efforts are paying off, say Operation Downtown organizers. Des Moines is frequently listed near the top of America’s most livable cities. On March 12, 2018, it was named “America’s Happiest City” by Expedia called Des Moines a “Top “Artistic Town” in the U.S.

Operation Downtown is organized as a Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District which encourages Iowans to sign a petition in support of the work it does. The petition is crucial for Operation Downtown to gain funding for their work, group officials said.

Nick Vertucci Believes In Himself

When someone comes from a humble place and finds success in their life, they want to help others do the same. Nick Vertucci is someone who came from a poor family and who struggled a lot through the years. He eventually attended real estate training and he learned how to make money for himself. He wants to share the training that he received as well as the knowledge that he gained through the years with others through his real estate academy.

Nick Vertucci believes in himself above all else and he believes that it is important for anyone who is hoping to be successful and have a good life to believe in their own self. Even when people tell him that he might not be doing things in the best way or that he has to change the way that he is working, he has a strong enough belief in himself that he does not get discouraged.

When it comes to taking ideas and bringing them to life, Nick Vertucci starts by dreaming up the ideas. He has to see an idea and want to bring it to life before he will work on actually doing anything to bring it to life. He then makes sure that he believes in the idea and that it is something that he actually cares about. After he has an idea and believes in it, he maps out how he is going to work on that idea and make it into a reality. Finally, he executes the plan that he has in place and brings the idea to life.

Every day is different for Nick Vertucci, and he does not stick to a strict schedule that might hold him back. He spends time walking through his offices and checking on the work that is being done in them. He spends time on the phone with his staff. He watches over every aspect of his business and creates daily, weekly, and monthly goals for himself.

Dr. Mark McKenna: Doctor and Entrepreneur.

Leaving any position or career to start again is always a scary and stressful position to find oneself. After losing most of his business investments and interests in the devastating wrath of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans Native Dr. Mark McKenna sought to rebuild and restart his life and career.

Early Beginnings

Growing up in the Big Easy, Dr. McKenna saw first-hand what community involvement and exemplary patient-care looked like while working alongside his father – an esteemed physician with his own medical practice. It is during this time that Dr. McKenna cultivated his ideology of compassionate patient-care and an industrious entrepreneurial spirit.

Career and Entrepreneurship

While studying in Medical School, Dr. McKenna would work extra hours within the prison system giving physicals to inmates. He worked tirelessly to raise the capital he needed for financing his first entrepreneurial endeavor – real estate. Dr. McKenna was able to amass between $4-5 million dollars in this endeavor, however, after Hurricane Katrina hit, he lost a great deal of his investment and business interests. Starting from the ground up again, Dr. Mark McKenna, along with his family, moved to Atlanta, Georgia to rebuild his life and career by offering advanced health, wellness, and aesthetics to the community of Buckhead, GA.

Disenchanted with the bureaucracy of a large chain, Dr. Mark McKenna resigned and spent the remaining year-and-a-half honoring his contractual non-competing agreement. Dr. McKenna busied himself collaborating and preparing his new endeavor while traveling and enjoying the subsequent birth of his first child.

Future of Medical Aesthetics

During this time, Dr. McKenna developed the basis of his new company. Dr. McKenna sought to offer products and services to help enhance his clients’ appearance, self-confidence, and overall wellness in a convenient and easily accessible manner.

Consequently, OVME was created. Pronounced ” of me”, OVME was opened March 2018 in the Buckhead district of Atlanta, Georgia. Aligned with his philosophy of a patient-centered experience, the innovations of this new platform will allow a wider range of clients to enjoy his services while enhancing the experiences and outcomes of his existing client base. Using Dr. Mark McKenna’s extensive experience and passion for the field, he has developed a platform to serve patients with superior care.

From the rubble of Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Mark McKenna rebuilt his life, businesses, and contributed to the rebuilding of New Orleans efforts. Dr. McKenna helped to rebuild his former community by initiating construction aimed at helping to provide low and middle-income families, displaced and ravished by the hurricane, with affordable housing. Dr. McKenna’s generosity hasn’t wavered since that time, as he (throughout his company – OVME’s operation) has been actively donating to charities; such as the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Through the devastation of Katrina, to the establishment of a ground-breaking aesthetic medical procedure platform, Dr. Mark McKenna has managed to not only fulfill but embody the American spirit of philanthropy and entrepreneurship.

Shervin Pishevar Tweet Storms a Tumultuous Economic Forecast for 2018

Shervin Pishevar is a successful angel investor. He helped launch PillPack, Uber and Virgin Hyperloop One. Early in 2018, he reacted to a scary week for the Dow Jones Industrial Average with a tweet storm that comprised 50 tweets and spanned 21 hours.

Wall Street’s Woes

In the spree’s first tweet, Pishevar rolled an ominous ball. “Some thoughts (sic) on financial storms I seeing brewing ahead. I expect (sic) 6000 point drop in aggregate in (sic) months ahead,” he said.

Pishevar warned that investors would discover no safe place to put their capital in 2018. “Scurry and scrabble (sic) for safety that is no where (sic) to be found. Every asset class is has (sic) proven to be overvalued,” tweeted Pishevar.

Further, he stated that similar conditions existed in 2018’s investment marketplace to those that caused 2008’s Great Recession. Most notably, Pishevar declared that a favorite investment class, exchange-traded funds, was over leveraged.

Silicon Valley’s Future

For more than 20 years, Shervin Pishevar has worked in Silicon Valley’s rare air, and he has unique insight into its machinery. Since 2009, Pishevar has held a position he restated during his 2018 tweet storm. “As I’ve said before (sic) Silicon Valley is it (sic) longer a physical place (sic) but an idea that’s gone viral. Entrepreneurship is a movement,” he proclaimed.

A child of Iranian Americans, Pishevar also criticized America’s current immigration position. “While we build walls (sic) physical and culture (sic) to keep out immigrant talent (sic) that talent doesn’t need to come here anymore,” wrote the venture capitalist.

America’s Failing Infrastructure

Also, Shervin Pishevar shared tweets comparing his nation’s infrastructure to its competitors’. “Speed of execution across many sectors from other regions is startling.Very (sic) little of frictions that are becoming systemic fractures here,” he stated.

Pishevar then shared a link to news about a team of 1,500 builders in China that erected a train station in nine hours. “Meanwhile,” he mourned, “our infrastructure is in tatters.”

Now that Shervin Pishevar has shared his forecasts, business and political leaders must decide whether to adjust course through the 21st century’s remainder.

Aloha Construction Article #2

Home improvement seems to be on a lot of people’s minds now days, and this dynamic industry brings-in billions of dollars every year. The possibilities for home improvement is what makes this field so popular. If you’re not from Illinois, then you probably haven’t heard of Aloha Construction? This general-contracting company provides a host of home-renovation services that includes:

  • Window Repair
  • Soffit Installation
  • Kitchen Design
  • Bathroom Repair
  • Roof Installation
  • Masonry
  • Vinyl Siding Repair
  • Flashing
  • Gutter Installation
  • And many more

Aloha Construction came into existence back in 2008, and it has completed over 18,000 projects. It’s one of a few general contractors that provide services throughout the state of Illinois thanks to having multiple offices. In addition to that, the company provides services for Southern Wisconsin. Aloha Construction is a general contractor, but it’s also a community servant. The company’s founder, Dave Farbaky, works exclusively with the community through various routes. He has implemented his philanthropic nature right into the company. Thanks to having such strong ethics, this company has won the Torch Award for 2017. This specific award represents excellence in a number of sectors such as in leadership, in setting higher standards than the norm and in social responsibility. Employees of the company, customers of the company and the community benefits from Aloha Construction’s daily services.

The company provides free property inspections, and its nine-step inspection process can get to the root of the issue. You won’t find a more progressive and efficient general contractor than this. Since home renovations tend to cost a pretty-penny, Aloha Construction will provide special financing for those who need it. What more can a client ever ask for? Aloha Construction is simply outperforming its competitors by providing high-quality work.