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Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas announces finalists for city manager position — The four finalists will continue the selection process with a joint interview with Mayor Lucas and City Council. Afterwards, Mayor Lucas will submit his recommendation for Council approval. Read more about the final candidates here.

Johnson County will supply schools with COVID-19 saliva tests — Johnson County Department of Health and Environment director Dr. Sanmi Areola announced the expansion of COVID-19 testing in preparation for students and faculty returning to school. This comes after the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners authorized $200,000 for testing and other supplies.

Grandview hires a new Director of Economic Development Grandview announced David Carranza as the new Director of Economic Development. Carranza has an extensive background in business and economic development in municipal government. He joins Grandview from Tucson, Arizona.

Mayor of Olathe passes away Mayor of Olathe Mike Copeland passed away on Thursday, Aug. 20. He spent the last 27 years serving the city of Olathe, including 19 years as mayor.

Jackson County distributes more than $81 million in CARES Act Funding Jackson County announced it has disbursed more than $81 million in federal CARES Act funding to support municipalities’ coronavirus response and recovery. Some of the recipients of this funding are Truman Medical Centers and the Jackson County Health Department to increase testing capacity, add ventilators and hire additional contract tracers.

Overland Park Director honored at KC Royals baseball game Overland Park’s Public Works Director Colonel Tony Hofmann was honored in the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat at the KC Royals game Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Region receives recognition for ELGL #CityHallSelfie On Aug. 14, Engaging Local Government Leaders successfully celebrated #CityHallSelfie and #CityHomeSelfie day. Mike Ekey of Raymore, Missouri, won Best #CityHallSelfie Prop and MARC won Best #CityHallSelfie Photography. Mark Van Baale, representing Johnson County, and Bryant Delong, representing North Kansas City, received honorable mentions for Best Dressed and Best Hat, respectively.


MARC Board of Directors Meeting — The MARC Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 12:15 p.m.

New COVID-19 Regional Data Hub — MARC recently released the new and improved Kansas City Region COVID-19 Hub. The Hub is updated daily with the best data available for monitoring the spread and impacts of COVID-19 in the nine-county MARC Region. For more information, click here.

Census deadline is quickly approaching The deadline for the 2020 Census is Sept. 30.

G2U Annual Regional Coalition Conference — The Kansas City Government-to-University Regional Coalition (G2U) will host its annual conference on Wednesday, Sept. 16 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. This is a fully virtual event hosted in Zoom. You can register online here. For more information, please contact Lauren Palmer or call 816-701-8207.

Double Up Food Bucks is available Double Up Food Bucks allows those in the SNAP program to double their food dollars to get fresh food and vegetables. These can be used and collected at participating grocery stores and farmers markets in the Kansas City area until Dec. 31, 2020.

National Cybersecurity Review — Registration for the 2020 National Security Review (NCSR) self-assessment is now open. Cities and counties of all sizes in the MARC region are encouraged to take advantage of this free, anonymous tool to help governments better understand and measure gaps in their cybersecurity programs. In 2019, the region in aggregate showed meaningful increases in all function categories measured within the assessment when compared to 2018. It should be noted that all subrecipients of the FY20 Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) must complete the 2020 NCSR to be eligible for funding. Resources for completing the NCSR can be found here or on the MARC website. For questions about the NCSR, contact CIS here or Jacob Worth. Register for the NCSR here.

Kansas City Regional Purchasing Cooperative (KCRPC) news — Save the date: join us on Sept. 29 or Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. to learn how to use CoProcure to find relevant suppliers and contracts for the Kansas City metro area. CoProcure is a free search tool for public procurement information for public servants. Please RSVP to to receive a Zoom invitation. New COVID response contracts for Contact Tracing Services, RFP#97, were awarded to Agile Governments Services and 22nd Century Technology. Personal protective equipment (PPE) contracts and documents are also available for Bid 94 and a side-by-side view is available on the award spreadsheet form on the SafeReturnKC page.

CPM Program applications are open — The Kansas Certified Public Managers (CPM) program opened applications for the next round of cohorts. CPM is a nationally accredited management program that aims to strengthen management skills and understand current management practices. Apply here.

Economic Forecast Webinar for Local Officials — Due to popular demand, MARC is hosting the Economic Forecast Webinar again on Sept. 30 to refresh data that was shown in June and present the latest forecasts of regional economic conditions as responses to COVID-19 continue. MARC Research Director Frank Lenk and KU Professor of Economics and Director for the Institute for Policy and Social Research Donna Ginther will speak on the regional economic recovery forecasts and the impacts on major local government revenue sources. United Way of Greater Kansas City Chief Community Impact Officer Jim MacDonald will also present the needs and challenges in social services. This event will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Register here.

September is National Preparedness Month — Cities across the region are reminding their communities that September is National Preparedness Month. For more regional information, click here. Read more about how to make a plan here.

ICMA Unite Conference coming up — The ICMA Unite Conference will be held virtually from Sept. 23–26. Unite will feature keynote speakers such as Retired Lt. Gen. Nadja West, Robin DiAngelo and Richard Florida. For more information, click here. Register here.



August marks 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment Women across the country are celebrating the 100-year anniversary of their right to vote. Read more at Forbes.

Pressure on states to address the affordable housing crisis — The affordable housing and housing security crisis have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, several states are attempting to pass legislation aimed at reducing housing costs, increasing economic growth and addressing systemic racism. Read more at Governing.

Pennsylvania Governor proposes legalization and state selling of marijuana — Gov. Tom Wolf proposes legalizing recreational marijuana and selling it in state-run shops to increase tax revenue. Read more at routefifty.

Jersey City to begin using the first electric refuse trucks — Jersey City, N.J. will be the first city to receive all-electric rear loader collection trucks through Hudson County Motors and BYD. These trucks will provide daily collection services with zero emissions. Read more at American City & County.

ICMA Survey Research reveals COVID-19 impacts on local governments — The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) releases survey research that tracked local government responses to budget, operations and other problems heightened by COVID-19. ICMA sent the survey to 3,289 ICMA member chief administrative officers and received 616 responses. Read more about the results of this survey at the ICMA website.



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