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Harrison-Lee resigns as city administrator for Gardner — Cheryl Harrison-Lee has resigned from the position of city administrator for Gardner, Kansas. Harrison-Lee joined the city in 2012 and played a critical role in the city's strategic planning and economic development efforts. During her tenure, Harrison-Lee helped the city secure new development valued at nearly $200 million and earn several national awards. The city council appointed Finance Director Laura Gourley as interim city administrator and will begin a nationwide search to permanently fill the position.

Independence hires Norris as assistant city manager — Independence, Missouri, City Manager Zach Walker announced the appointment of Adam Norris as assistant city manager effective Nov. 1, 2018. Prior to this appointment, Norris worked as a management consultant with Shockey Consulting. He also served as a deputy city administrator in Blue Springs, Missouri, and worked for the cities of Mission Hills and Overland Park, Kansas, and Dallas, Texas.

Gilmore accepts new position at UMKC — Kimiko Gilmore is leaving her position as assistant city manager for the city of Kansas City, Missouri. Her last day working for the city is Oct. 5. Gilmore will join the University of Missouri – Kansas City as chief of staff to the chancellor.

Overland Park ranked as the top city to raise a family recently ranked Overland Park, Kansas, as the number one city in the country to raise a family. The ranking identified communities that promote family stability through economic prosperity and a high quality of life. WalletHub compared 182 U.S. cities based on 46 key metrics.

Olathe to host barbecue competition in 2019 — The city of Olathe, Kansas, will host the first Qlathe BBQ Competition on March 15 and 16, 2019, at Stagecoach Park. The competition is presented by the Kansas City BBQ Store and sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS). Qlathe's event will be the first KCBS-sanctioned event of the year and will kick off the Midwest barbecue circuit. The competition will include more than 50 professional and amateur teams with a prize of $10,000.

Independence hosts delegates from Japanese sister city — On Sept. 1, the city of Independence, Missouri, hosted 37 Japanese delegates from its sister city, Higashimurayama. The visit commemorated the 40th anniversary of the partnership between the two cities. The delegation visited several Independence businesses and performed live at the SantaCaliGon Festival.

Lee's Summit to put Woods Chapel Road on a "road diet" — The city of Lee's Summit, Missouri, is reducing a section of Woods Chapel Road from four to three lanes with left-turn lanes and paved shoulders. The paved shoulders will extend the existing greenway and bike route network along Woods Chapel Road toward Lee's Summit Road and connect to the Lakewood Loop. Industry-accepted research consistently shows improved safety, and often improved operations, where road diets are applied.

Gladstone recognized as a Missouri PACE/Renovate America community — The city of Gladstone, Missouri, is the latest city in Clay County to participate in the Missouri Property Assessed Clean Energy/Renovate America program. This innovative program gives residents and businesses the opportunity to make energy saving improvements to their buildings with low-interest financing and streamlined payments.

Cities earn 2018 Certificates of Excellence in Performance Management — ICMA recently recognized 57 local governments for exemplary performance management initiatives. In the Greater Kansas City region, the cities of Gardner and Olathe, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri, earned certificates of excellence — the highest level recognized by ICMA. Criteria for the certificate includes data collection and verification, training and support, public reporting, accountability and process improvement, networking and leadership. Recipients were recognized at the ICMA Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

Olathe receives an ICMA Program Excellence Award — ICMA presented the city of Olathe, Kansas, with a Program Excellence Award for its Olathe Performs program. ICMA presented the award at its 2018 annual conference. Olathe was the only community with a population of 50,000 or greater to earn this award.

Overland Park and Lee's Summit in the top 50 places to live Time and Money Magazine recently published their top 50 places to live in the U.S. Two cities in the Kansas City region made the list. Overland Park, Kansas, is 15th on the list and Lee’s Summit, Missouri, is 41st. Cities were selected based on a combination of economic growth, affordability and quality of life.


Board of Directors — The next MARC Board of Directors meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. The agenda will be online one week before the meeting.

Next Managers Roundtable focuses on new technologies — The next Managers Roundtable luncheon is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 12. MARC staff members Amanda Graor and Jim Hubbell will discuss regional policy frameworks for autonomous vehicles and drones. Lee's Summit City Manager Steve Arbo and Lenexa Deputy City Administrator Todd Pelham will provide a brief update on the Regional Cybersecurity Strategic Framework. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served at 11:45 a.m. The luncheon will be at MARC's conference center, 600 Broadway, Suite 200, Kansas City, Missouri. Programming will conclude promptly by 1 p.m. Please register online by noon on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

Kansas City Regional Purchasing Cooperative (KCRPC) news — KCRPC is in the process of awarding a new regional contract for generator repair and maintenance, effective Oct. 1. An emergency vehicle equipment rebid is in process for 2019. Interested agencies may contact KCRPC for details. KCRPC offers workshops and webinars upon request. Please contact Rita Parker to schedule a session.



Help for communities affected by Hurricane Florence — Flooding continues to threaten communities throughout the Carolinas in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. The North Carolina League of Municipalities offered several ways to support local government leaders in affected communities. Learn more at

New policies on scooters — Cities across the county are working to regulate e-scooters to meet transportation objectives in a safe and efficient manner. San Francisco, Denver and Columbus share unique experiences with permitting and procurement. Learn more from Government Technology.

Strong growth expected for EV charging stations — Companies announce plans to expand and develop more charging infrastructure, which could boost the adoption of electric vehicles. Learn more from Government Technology.

Kansas and Missouri not prepared for potential economic downturn — Moody's Analytics found in a "stress test" exercise that only 23 states have sufficient funds on hand to weather a moderate recession without having to reduce services or raise taxes. Kansas and Missouri are listed among 17 states that are significantly unprepared for even a small downturn. Learn more from Route Fifty.

Proposed 5G order curtails local authority — The FCC recently announced a proposed order aimed at accelerating next-generation 5G wireless networks by limiting local authority. Similar to the STREAMLINE Small Cell Deployment Act introduced in the U.S. Senate, the proposed order would limit fees local governments are able to assess on telecommunications companies for the placement, construction or co-location of new wireless service facilities. Learn more from NACo's County News.

Do people object to development or developers? — A UCLA study found evidence that negative feelings about developers drive negative feelings about development, even more than the desire to avoid perceived harms. Learn more from Sightline.

Congress tackles the opioid crisis — The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan package of bills to authorize $7.9 billion of federal funds to address the opioid epidemic. The Senate must reconcile its bill with House legislation passed in June. Learn more from Slate.


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