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KCADC planning for Amazon bid — The Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC) signed a three-month consulting contract with Richard Florida and Joel Kotkin, who will serve as advisors for the Greater Kansas City region's proposal to be the second headquarters for Amazon. KCADC is working with a community team, including the city of Kansas City, Missouri, on the proposal. The application deadline is Oct. 19.

Olathe named Silver Level Healthy KC Certified — The city of Olathe achieved Silver Level Healthy KC certification from Healthy KC, a partnership of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC), and regional health and wellness leaders. The Healthy KC Workplace Wellness certification program is a regional program recognizing organizations for innovation and excellence in promoting a culture of health in the workplace.

Urban Land Institute recognizes Excelsior Springs — On Sept. 26, the Kansas City District of the Urban Land Institute recognized the Excelsior Springs Community Center with a Development of Distinction award.

Kansas City ranks third best city for job availability, a job-recruiting site, ranked Kansas City as the third-best U.S. city when it comes to job availability, cost of living and job satisfaction. Only Pittsburg and Indianapolis scored better. Glassdoor looked at job openings, median base salary, a job satisfaction rating and median home value.

Raymore and North Kansas City achieved national designation — The cities of Raymore and North Kansas City, Missouri, recently earned SolSmart gold designation. SolSmart is a U.S. Department of Energy SunShot initiative providing recognition and no-cost technical assistance to help local governments reduce barriers to solar energy growth. To achieve a gold designation, both cities completed 20 actions including reviewing zoning regulations for barriers to solar, conducting a feasibility analysis, and providing cross training of permitting and inspection staff.

Shawnee designates new Internet exchange parking spots — The city of Shawnee now provides a video monitored location for Internet purchase exchanges outside its police department. The purpose of this location is to provide citizens with safe place to make an Internet purchase exchange.

Local governments prepare for 2017 Career Expo — The 2017 Career Expo, promoting careers in local government, will take place on Nov. 8. The expo will accommodate up to 3,000 high school students and introduce them to promising career paths in public service. If your organization is interested in participating in the expo, please contact Georgia Nesselrode. Visit the event website for more details.

Kansas Certified Public Manager® Program (CPM) enrolling for — The KU Public Management Center designed the CPM curriculum for staff who manage people, programs and projects, with the goal of supporting a culture of managerial excellence in public organizations. Graduates earn the nationally recognized CPM designation and certificate. Early bird registration deadline is Dec. 1. More information is available online.


Board of Directors — MARC's Board of Directors meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. The agenda will be online one week before the meeting.

Next KINETIC event scheduled for Oct. 11 — This KINETIC event features Robert Puentes, president and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation. The event is at the Truman Forum Auditorium at the Plaza Library. The focus of this event is automated vehicles and public policy. Registration is available online.

The 2017 Green Commute Challenge results are in — The 2017 Green Commute Challenge ended Aug. 31 and the results were impressive. In just 13 weeks, drivers from around the region saved 480,873 miles. There were 46 teams with 681 participants who competed in the 2017 competition. These teams kept 380,482 pounds of emissions out of the air and saved $97,974 in driving expenses. Congratulations to the top teams:

  • Large organization: City of Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Medium organization: SMG Service Management Group.
  • Small organization: Kansas City Public Library.

MARC's Transportation department hosts Technical Assistance Symposium — In 2018, MARC is scheduled to release various calls for projects or programs. These include: Surface Transportation Program (STP), Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ), STP Block Grant Set Aside (STPBG-SA), FTA 5310, and Planning Sustainable Places (PSP) grants. Allocation of funds in each program occurs through highly competitive processes informed by the shared vision of building a vibrant, connected and green region. Registration is available online.

Communities for All Ages Recognition Program accepting applications — Is your city age friendly? KC Communities for All Ages and the First Suburbs Coalition offer the Community for All Ages Recognition Program as an incentive for your city to become age friendly. There are currently 12 communities that have achieved or are working to achieve recognition. The deadline to submit an application for Bronze, Silver or Gold status is Nov. 1, 2017.

Workforce and Education Summit scheduled for Nov. 9 — The seventh annual Greater Kansas City Workforce and Education Summit will take place on Thursday, Nov. 9 from 8 a.m. to noon. The event will be at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Missouri. The summit focuses on creating high-quality career pathways. Registration is available online.


Next Managers Roundtable focuses on age-friendly and United Way programs — The next Managers Roundtable luncheon is on Friday, Oct. 13. There will be two presentations. The first will focus on the KC Communities for All Ages Program. In the second presentation, Penny Postoak Ferguson will lead a discussion on supporting United Way. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served at noon. The luncheon will be at the MARC Conference Center, 600 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri. Registration is available online. The last Managers Roundtable of 2017 is scheduled for Dec. 8. Luncheon dates for the next year 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 (KCRPC) offers on-site workshops for individuals and organizations that would like to learn how to take advantage of cooperative purchasing services, use local contracts and purchase using the HGAC contracts. Contact KCRPC to request a workshop or to receive the newsletter.


National Cybersecurity Awareness Month — October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Government and industry leaders developed an awareness campaign to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer online. The Multi-State Information Analysis and Sharing Center (MS-ISAC) provides an awareness campaign toolkit, with resources for employee outreach. Also, the Center for Internet Security is offering a free webinar on Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. CDT. Registration is available online.

New playbook for municipal civic tech projects Next Century Cities released a playbook on tech-powered civic engagement in September detailing lessons learned during the past year among its three Benton Next Generation Engagement Award winners — Austin, Louisville and Raleigh. More from Route Fifty.

Cities turn to trees to beat the heat — From California to Singapore, urban communities are embarking on tree planting efforts to keep rising temperatures in check. More from The Christian Science Monitor.

Four steps to disaster safety for seniors — For seniors, it is important to have an advanced plan and prepare for the limitations of a shelter during an emergency. Learn more from Efficient Gov.

NLC 2017 City Fiscal Conditions survey released — The National League of Cities' (NLC) 2017 City Fiscal Conditions survey of city finance officers reveals the start of fiscal contraction in the municipal sector following several years of post-recession growth. Learn more from NLC.

Six cybersecurity questions city managers should ask — The International City/County Management Association offers city managers a framework of cybersecurity questions for staff across the entire municipal government. Learn more from Efficient Gov.

How long-term analysis can benefit local government — Financial forecasting can help local governments of all sizes gain leverage for the future. Learn more from ICMA.

New report reveals five distinct local economies — A comprehensive analysis of local economies recently released by NLC finds that 84 percent of cities report their local economies have improved since 2016. Learn more from NLC.

Four ways cities are using data to address vacant properties — From using data to drive efficiency in code enforcement to crowdsourcing the mapping of properties, cities across the country are making significant strides in the battle against blight. Learn more from Government Technology.


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