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Grandview appoints Gungor as city administrator — On Jan. 23, the Grandview Board of Aldermen announced that Cemal Umut Gungor will serve as the new city administrator. Gungor most recently served as the city's director of finance and city treasurer. He will replace Cory Smith, who recently retired. Prior to joining the city of Grandview, Gungor worked for the city of Kansas City, Missouri, as finance manager for citywide revenues and administration.

Nakahodo joins North Kansas City as assistant city administrator — Kim Nakahodo starts working as the new assistant city administrator for North Kansas City on Feb. 1. Nakahodo comes from Blue Springs, where she served as assistant to the city administrator.

Outside Magazine names Kansas City one of the Top 25 Best Towns Outside Magazine recently recognized the city of Kansas City, Missouri, as one of the Top 25 Best Towns of 2017. The magazine noted Kansas City has the best mix of barbecue and biking. Other cities that made the list include Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Maine. The special advisory council that nominated the cities wrote that Kansas City may be the "most livable city in the country."

Metro millennials prefer Prairie Village, Fairway and the Brookside and Waldo neighborhoods — A survey commissioned by the Kansas City metro real estate marketing company Highline Partners finds that the Prairie Village and Fairway areas are viewed as the most appealing places for millennials to live in the near term. For the five-year timeframe, the Brookside and Waldo neighborhoods topped the list. Highline Partners asked more than 200 metro millennials about their housing plans for the coming year, the next five years, the next decade and for retirement.

Area cities well represented in Bloomberg's What Works Cities program — The What Works Cities program recently reached its 100-city goal. The cities of Kansas City and Independence, Missouri, and Olathe and Kansas City, Kansas, are taking part in this initiative. The cities are focusing on improving data-driven management practices and addressing agency performance challenges. Kansas City, Missouri, was one of the initial eight cities selected in 2015 and was recently recognized for the excellent way it uses data to drive decision-making.

APA recognizes downtown Parkville — The Missouri Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) awarded the city of Parkville, Missouri, with a 2018 APA Great Places in Missouri award in the Great Neighborhood category. Downtown Parkville was named a Great Neighborhood because it has a unique identity that was created through community involvement. The Missouri Chapter of APA presented the award to the city at the Missouri Planners' Day at the Capitol on Jan. 31, 2018.

Kansas City, Missouri, named one of the top "Best Small Cities in United States" National Geographic Traveler partnered with Resonance Consultancy, a global destination branding advisor, to select the top 30 "cities on the rise." It looked at some unconventional metrics, including the number of galleries and art supply stores, the amount of green space, and the number of coffee shops and vintage stores.


Board of Directors — MARC's Board of Directors meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2017. The agenda will be online one week before the meeting.

Laurie joins MARC as new shared services manager — Angela Laurie began work as the Local Government Shared Services manager in mid-January. Laurie's duties include reviewing MARC's inventory of shared services, enhancing current shared services, and researching new opportunities. A key responsibility of this position is to work with MARC's member local governments to improve efficiencies by establishing additional collaborative relationships among peer cities and counties. Laurie recently relocated to the Kansas City region from Atlanta, Georgia, where she was vice president for Central Atlanta Progress, Inc. and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District.

Area city managers tapped for homeland security leadership posts — Overland Park City Manager Bill Ebel is the new Kansas co-chair of the Regional Homeland Security Coordinating Committee (RHSCC), joining Lee's Summit City Manager Steve Arbo, the Missouri co-chair. Curt Wenson from Liberty, Missouri, and Maury Thompson, assistant administrator from Johnson County, Kansas, will lead the new task force overseeing the Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attack grant. Joe Connor, assistant manager for Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, will co-chair the RHSCC's Policy Committee, which plays an important role in recommending investments for federal homeland security funds available to the region.

Federal Highway Administration funds — MARC, in its role as metropolitan planning organization for Greater Kansas City, is soliciting project proposals for Federal Fiscal Years (FFY) 2021-2022 for three Federal Highway Administration funding programs. If you have any questions, please contact Marc Hansen.

Efforts underway for Regional Transportation Plan 2050 — MARC has convened a regional steering work group to provide guidance on a long-range Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) for Greater Kansas City — RTP 2050. This plan will serve as a blueprint for federal transportation investments and improvements for the next 30 years. The plan will cover all modes of surface transportation, including streets and highways, public transportation, and biking and walking. MARC is currently seeking feedback from its stakeholders and would appreciate participation in the RTP 2050 survey.

ACT News highlights MARC's alternative fuel vehicles efforts Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) News, a national clean technology publication, published an article on the Fleets for the Future (F4F) initiative. MARC is a regional partner of this initiative. F4F is a national partnership of regional councils, Clean Cities coalitions, and industry experts tasked with coordinating five regional and one national procurement initiatives designed to consolidate bulk orders of alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure. The Kansas City region is one of five regional participants, sponsored by MARC, the Kansas City Regional Purchasing Cooperative (KCRPC) and the Metropolitan Energy Center’s (MEC) Clean Cities Coalition.


Next Managers Roundtable focuses on legislative agendas — The next Managers Roundtable luncheon is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 9. The luncheon will highlight the 2018 legislative agendas for Kansas and Missouri. Guest speakers include Dan Ross, Missouri Municipal League executive director, and Erik Sartorius, executive director of the League of Kansas Municipalities. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served at noon. The luncheon location will be at the MARC conference center, 600 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri. Registration is available online. Luncheon dates for 2018 include: Fridays, Feb. 9, April 13, Aug. 10, Oct. 12 and Dec. 7, 2018.

Kansas City Regional Purchasing Cooperative (KCRPC) news — The Kansas City Regional Purchasing Cooperative Program (KCRPC) renewed its contract for petroleum products. The rebid for ammunition products is in the evaluation stage and the effective date will be April 1. KCRPC workshops and webinars are available upon request. Please contact Rita Parker to schedule a session or to participate in bids. More information is available on the KCRPC website.


Airbnb reaches tax agreement with state of Missouri — Airbnb, a company that lets homeowners rent out their homes or rooms on a short-term basis, has agreed to start collecting sales tax on bookings in Missouri. Beginning Feb. 1, Airbnb will collect and remit the state sales tax and local taxes. The agreement may add about $1 million to state revenue. Airbnb already collects taxes in neighboring states such as Iowa, Kansas, Illinois, Kentucky and Arkansas. Learn more from the St. Louis Business Journal.

A regional approach: Collaborating with nonprofits — When properly planned and developed, a nonprofit/private partnership (NP3) can help governments save money and deliver services more efficiently. Learn more from Government Finance Review.

Creating recreation programs for seniors with "younger mindsets" — Many of today's seniors have a younger mindset when it comes to being active, which means recreation and park agencies must create non-traditional health and fitness programs to meet those needs. Learn more from Parks & Recreation Magazine.

Rethinking our century-old approach to paying for infrastructure — Our crumbling infrastructure can be fixed if we change how we fund capital investments and maintenance. Learn more from Route Fifty.

What's the big deal about big data? — Government has been collecting data since the beginning of time. So, what has changed? Learn more from County News.

Tiny houses for homeless projects fail under neighborhood opposition — Across the country, projects focused on tiny houses for the homeless face hurdles due to neighborhood opposition. Learn more from EfficientGov.

Monitoring government performance — Since 2006, King County has made significant changes to the form, content, and process of its performance monitoring and management system. Learn more from Government Finance Review.

Docks off — U.S. cities are being invaded by dock-less bike share programs. It's going to be messy — and worth it. Learn more from Slate.

Bringing food to an aging America — This is one in a series of American Planning Association (APA) blogs centered on key findings in the areas of housing, transportation, engagement, health and food access for our rapidly aging population. Learn more from Planning.

Driving the smart, just city — Smart cities aren't just about technology; they're about making cities work better for all residents. Learn more from Planning.

NLC report: Snapshot of small city success — This is one in a series of American Planning Association (APA) blogs centered on key findings in the areas of housing, transportation, engagement, health and food access for our rapidly aging population. Learn more from NLC.


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