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DECEMBER 2017

REGIONAL NEWS

Prairie Village appoints Robichaud as assistant city administrator — The Prairie Village City Council appointed Jamie (Shockley) Robichaud as the city's new assistant city administrator. Since 2014, Robichaud served as assistant city administrator for Tonganoxie. She also served as interim city administrator from October 2016 through March 2017.

Charlesworth to serve as interim city manager for Shawnee — Shawnee City Council recently appointed Deputy City Manager Vicki Charlesworth as interim city manager. Charlesworth has worked for the city since 1988 and has served as deputy city manager since 2012.

Kansas City named first U.S. music city by UNESCO — The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Kansas City as part of its Creative Cities Network for music. Kansas City is the only U.S. city ever named a music city by UNESCO. The recent announcement adds 64 cities from 44 countries to the Creative Cities roster. The UNESCO Creative Cities Network highlights its members' creativity within seven fields: crafts and folk art, design, film, gastronomy, literature, media arts and music. The network now includes 180 cities in 72 countries.

WalletHub ranks Leawood among top small cities WalletHub, a personal finance website, looked at 33 livability indicators in cities between 25,000 and 100,000 people. The indicators include housing costs, schools, safety and entertainment operations. Overall, Leawood ranked third among the top 20 small cities. It also ranked first in affordability.

2017 Career Expo promotes public service occupations — On Nov. 8, cities and counties across the region hosted the second Career Expo. This year, 33 metro high schools participated in the Career Expo, bringing 1,000 students to learn about promising career paths in public service. Representatives from several colleges were also on hand to answer students' questions about educational pathways to public service jobs.


MARC NEWS

Board of Directors — MARC's Board of Directors meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. The agenda will be online one week before the meeting.

Greater Kansas City Economic Forecast — MARC's Director of Research Services Frank Lenk presented the region's economic forecast on Oct. 26, 2017, at The Greater Kansas City Chamber's annual Economic Forecast Breakfast. The economy is doing well, with no sign of a recession in the foreseeable future. Despite uncertainty from natural disasters and on-going policy debates, the economy continues to grow at a steady pace. With growth rates near the economy's potential, unemployment at a 16-year low, rising wages and no inflation, the economy is experiencing a rare "Goldilocks" moment. The 2018 Economic Forecast is available online.

Kansas City Quality of Life survey results available — In November, MARC published a detailed analysis of data from a quality of life survey commissioned by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation earlier this year. The report analyzes responses to 20 questions about individual, community and metro area quality of life, providing detailed information by gender, age group, race, educational attainment and income levels. More than 75 percent of respondents rated their individual quality of life as good or excellent, but when tabulated by race and income, the results were notably different, with only half of low-income and black residents responding positively. More information is available online.

Sustainable Success Stories celebrates 10 years — This year is the 10th anniversary of the Sustainable Success Stories, an event that brings sustainability practitioners together to celebrate successes and create a platform to support continued innovation and progress. Since 2008, MARC has recognized 79 success stories as models for the region. This year, MARC invited sponsors of previously recognized efforts to reflect on their progress and lessons learned over time. The Sustainable Success Stories event will take place on Friday, Dec. 15, at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center. Registration is available online.

New recycling guide for Greater Kansas City now available — A new, quick-reference poster created by the MARC Solid Waste Management District answers questions about what can and can't go in your curbside recycling bin. The "Recycle More, Recycle Better" poster uses photos of common products for quick, easy reference. The top half of the poster shows recyclable materials that can go in your curbside recycling bin. The bottom half shows materials that should not go in your bin, and offers alternative ways to recycle many of those products. Visit www.RecycleSpot.org to download a PDF copy of the "Recycle More, Recycle Better" poster.

Region tests response capabilities — On Oct. 25, 2017, about 2,500 individuals, 27 hospitals and 30 public safety/emergency management agencies took part in a Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attack (CCTA) exercise. The exercise scenario involved simulated terrorist attacks occurring simultaneously at four locations across the Greater Kansas City region — two in Jackson County, one in Platte County and one in Johnson County. The Kansas City region is one of 29 communities across the country to receive grant funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to support enhanced planning, preparedness and response capabilities for responding to CCTAs.


LOCAL GOVERNMENT SERVICES / SHARED
SERVICES NEWS

Managers Roundtable Luncheon — 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 Cooperative Purchasing Program (KCRPC) is in the process of issuing a re-bid for ammunition. Current contracts expire March 31, 2018. 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.


STATE & NATIONAL NEWS

E-book Highlights U.S. County Government Challenges and Solutions Route Fifty recently released "At the Center of Everything: The Challenges, Great Ideas, and Big Issues Shaping U.S. County Governments." The e-book provides case studies that describe a problem facing many U.S. county governments and offers possible strategies others can incorporate into their own communities. Topics include unused prescription drugs, cybersecurity, and drones for a post-coal economic uplift catalyst. Download the e-book here.

How better procurement can drive better outcomes for cities — Viewing procurement as a back-office bureaucracy is a mistake for local governments. As Seattle is demonstrating, reforming it can help improve lives. More from Governing.

Are IoT-enabled smart meters the next step for utility providers? — Modern smart water meters can relay real-time water-use data to both the water utility and customers, leading to improved conservation and quicker leak repairs. More from Government Technology.

What America is losing as its small towns struggle — To erode small-town culture is to erode the culture of the nation. Learn more from Route Fifty.

How to rediscover "heart and soul" in small-town America — While there are plenty of great civic engagement case studies out there, they're not always specifically geared for smaller communities. Learn more from Route Fifty.

New NACo publication focuses on employee engagement — Wondering how to boost employee enthusiasm? NACo's Counties Futures Lab recently released "Harnessing the Engagement of Your Employees," highlighting best practices in engaging county workers. Learn more from NACo's County News.

Can trust in city government be measured? — Researchers believe three key elements contribute to trustworthiness in public service. Learn more from Government Technology.

A guide for officials and staff interested in starting participatory budgeting — Harvard's Kennedy School developed a toolkit for officials and staff of governments and institutions that are interested in launching a Participatory Budgeting process. Learn more from Government Innovators Network.


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