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Regional Cybersecurity Strategic Framework — Communities have two weeks to complete the Nationwide Cyber Security Review (NCSR) self-assessment, which closes Dec. 15. To support this effort, the Regional Cybersecurity Strategic Framework has webinars and in-person demonstrations to provide guidance to IT managers and administrators for completing the NCSR. More than 57 individuals have participated in training. Additional training opportunities prior to the deadline include:

  • MS-ISAC Metrics Workgroup, which leads the NCSR, will host a final instructional webinar on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, from 12:30–1:30 p.m. (CST) to assist any NCSR end users with questions pertaining to the 2018 NCSR survey. Register now»
  • Communities that wish to participate in the NCSR but have not been able to join a training event, may request a video of the first MS-ISAC-led training webinar, held Sept. 27. Send video link requests to Angie Laurie.


Nakahodo wins Chris Traeger Recognition from ELGL — Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) added Kim Nakahodo, assistant city manager of North Kansas City, Missouri, to the Chris Traeger list. The list recognizes top influencers in local government who emulate Chris Traeger, the energetic city manager of fictional Pawnee, Indiana, from the television show Parks and Recreation. Previous honorees and nominees in the region include Shelby Teufel from Pleasant Hill, Missouri; Rick Usher from Kansas City, Missouri, and Alan Howze from the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas.

Leawood ranked as the best small city in which to live in America recently ranked Leawood, Kansas, as the best small city in which to live in America. The rankings compared more than 1,200 U.S. cities with populations between 25,000 and 100,000 and focused on several key indicators of livability, such as housing costs and school-system quality. also gave high marks to Shawnee, Kansas; Lee's Summit, Missouri; and Lenexa, Kansas.

Grandview Main Street makeover continues — The Grandview, Missouri, Board of Aldermen approved a Community Improvement District (CID) for Tutera Group to improve its Main Street properties just east of I-49 and the outer roads. Developers are now demolishing a vacant Jiffy Lube to build a new Dairy Queen and will give a nearby strip mall a facelift. Since 2012, the city spent nearly $6 million on Main Street, including new infrastructure, pocket parks, sustainable landscaping and other place-making details like trusses and towers.

Platte City extends transportation sales tax — Although Proposition D for transportation failed statewide on Nov. 6, Platte City voters approved a 20-year extension to the local 3/8-cent transportation sales tax. The tax passed with 74 percent voter approval. The current tax term expires in 2025, and the November election extended the term through 2045. The early extension approval secures funding to allow for longer-term project financing.

Cities named digital leaders — Among cities with a population of 75,000 to 124,999, the Center for Digital Governance ranked Lee's Summit second and Independence, Missouri, sixth in the 2019 Digital Cities Survey. The center recognizes cities for their ability to leverage data and technology to improve a wide range of city services and initiatives.

Kansas City, Missouri, uses cameras to tackle illegal dumping — Eight midtown neighborhoods in Kansas City, Missouri, are using technology to fight illegal dumping. Neighbor residents deployed 30 hidden cameras to catch illegal dumpers in the act. The cameras have transmitting capabilities, allowing the neighborhoods to log in and view the images in real time.

Leavenworth uses drone technology — The Leavenworth Police Department purchased two drones in April that were recently used to allow officers to assess a high school bomb threat while staying behind the safety zone. Leavenworth is one of 17 communities in Kansas to use drone technology for public safety purposes. The city also used drones to assist neighboring police departments with missing persons searches.

Gardner earns Healthy KC silver level recognition — The city of Gardner, Kansas, received Healthy KC silver level recognition for the second consecutive year. Healthy KC is a regional health and wellness program organized by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, and a number of health and wellness leaders.


Board of Directors — The next MARC Board of Directors meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. Please note the change in date due to the holiday schedule. The agenda will be online one week before the meeting.

Next Managers Roundtable includes a panel review of 2018 — The next Managers Roundtable luncheon is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 7. Four regional city/county managers will participate in a rapid-fire year-in-review panel. Panelists include Overland Park City Manager Bill Ebel, Independence City Manager Zach Walker, Unified Government County Administrator Doug Bach and Kansas City, Missouri, City Manager Troy Schulte. The buffet and networking will start at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at noon. The luncheon will be at MARC's conference center, 600 Broadway, Suite 200, Kansas City, Missouri. Please register online by noon on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

Kansas City Regional Purchasing Cooperative (KCRPC) news — KCRPC is evaluating submissions to an RFP for public safety radios. New vendor contracts will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2019. KCRPC is soliciting interested agencies to participate in the re-bid of emergency vehicle equipment. All KCRPC contracts are now available for download from the contract database. KCRPC offers individual workshops and webinars upon request. Please contact Rita Parker to schedule a session.

Building inspection and plan review services — Did you know that MARC has a master agreement that allows cities and counties to deliver comprehensive or supplemental development services? This shared-services agreement was negotiated with the Institute of Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) to give communities a resource to handle cyclical upticks in service demand and to fill gaps in hard-to-recruit staff vacancies. Services may be purchased a la carte and include plan reviews, inspections, flood plain permitting, stormwater management, property maintenance and much more. IBTS is adept at customizing services to work within each jurisdiction's ordinances and processes. More information is available on the MARC website or by contacting Angie Laurie.

Eastern Jackson County shared services — The city councils of Blue Springs, Independence and Lee's Summit, Missouri, each adopted resolutions of support for a Statement of Purpose to advance collaborative innovations in public service delivery. The communities agreed to focus on three categories — human resources, mental health services to support public safety, and public safety facilities. A steering team of appointees from each community will facilitate working groups of subject matter experts in each category to explore potential shared services models that improve efficiency and effectiveness. The steering team will make an initial report to the city managers in March 2019. This effort is a pilot project to develop shared service delivery models for communities with common needs and geographic proximity.



Tips for planning, preparing and adapting to climate change — Five tips to help local government managers respond to the threats of climate change. The article highlights efforts made by Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Dubuque, Iowa, to engage citizens in sustainability and resiliency planning. Learn more at ICMA.

NLC announces National Housing Task Force — Comprising 18 diverse elected city leaders, the task force will develop a set of best practices at the local level, as well as policy recommendations to federal and state governments. Learn more from CitiesSpeak.

Blockchain technology and its application in local government — The article describes how local governments are exploring the application of blockchain technology to improve service delivery and enhance cybersecurity. Learn more from ICMA.

HUD criticizes local regulations for contributing to affordable housing — HUD Secretary Ben Carson criticizes state and local rules in California for contributing to affordability problems. He recommended public-private partnerships as a solution. Learn more from Route Fifty.

Counties work to reduce the number of people with mental illness in jails — Polk County, Iowa, hosted two dozen county officials from across the county for a Stepping Up peer exchange. Stepping Up is a national initiative to address mental illness in local jails. Learn more from NACo's County News.

Uber and Lyft could supplement, not threaten, transit — A tunnel replacement project in Seattle creates an opportunity to test the hypothesis that ride-hailing services can support rather than compete with transit, thereby easing congestion and improving service. Learn more from Sightline.

Martin v. Boise decriminalizes sleeping outdoors on public property — A ruling in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals against anti-camping ordinances is challenging communities to rethink their strategies on homelessness. Learn more from Governing.


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