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Schulte moving to Jackson County — Troy Schulte, city manager of Kansas City, Missouri, will become the new Jackson County administrator, starting on Dec. 9. Schulte served as city manager for Kansas City, Missouri, either on an interim or permanent basis for more than a decade, placing him among the longest serving city managers in Kansas City history. His last day with the city was Dec. 2.

Rouse named interim city manager — The city of Kansas City, Missouri, named Earnest Rouse as its interim city manager. Rouse has worked for the city since 1988 and served as an assistant city manager since 2011.

Liberty announces new director of information technology and a new fire chief — The city of Liberty, Missouri, promoted Wade Thomas to serve as the new director of information technology. Thomas has been with the city since 2011 and has served as the interim director since August 2019. The city also promoted John Mills to serve as fire chief. Mills has been with the fire department since 2001 and has served as the interim fire chief for the past three months.

Raytown hired new director of public works — The city of Raytown, Missouri, hired Jose Leon Jr. as the new director of public works. Leon previously served as the assistant city administrator for Spring Hill, Kansas, and the director of public works for Roeland Park, Kansas.

ELGL podcast interviews Hauck — Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) recently featured Meredith Hauck, assistant city administrator for Merriam, Kansas, in its GovLove podcast. Hauck discussed her work as a life coach and her approach to leadership. She also talked about her career in local government and how to communicate with people in the workplace.

Center for Digital Government recognizes metro cities — The Center for Digital Governance recognized Shawnee, Kansas, and Independence and Kansas City, Missouri, as finalists in its Digital Cities Survey. The survey recognizes cities that are making investments within smart technology such as infrastructure, data storage, cybersecurity and citizen engagement.

Excelsior Springs launches local opportunity zones program — The city of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, unveiled a new website as part of its opportunity zones marketing plan. The website informs local developers and investors about the various benefits that opportunity zones present. The website also provides information about the community and data for properties in federally designated spaces.

Cities of Olathe and Overland Park among the safest cities in America — According to SmartAsset, the cities of Olathe and Overland Park, Kansas, are among the safest cities in America ranking fourth and twelfth respectively. Rankings were based on several metrics, including each city’s violent crime rate, property crime rate and air quality index.

City of Parkville makes list of 20 best places to live in Missouri — The city of Parkville, Missouri, was ranked number 18 in Money Inc’s 20 best places to live in Missouri. Money Inc recognized Parkville for several features including its downtown access, schools and cultural events.

Peculiar partners with Comcast Business — The city of Peculiar, Missouri, partnered with Comcast Business to improve its broadband connectivity by equipping city facilities with unified communications infrastructure. This infrastructure includes point-to-point fiber connectivity, a wide area network, and scalable internet access allowing data to be delivered up to 10 gigabits per second.

Johnson County receives AAA bond rating — Johnson County, Kansas, received a AAA/Stable bond rating from all three rating agencies — Fitch Ratings, Standard and Poor’s, and Moody’s Investor Services. Fewer than 30 counties nationwide earned this top rating from all three rating agencies.


Board of Directors — The next MARC Board of Directors meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. The agenda will be online one week before the meeting.

Managers Roundtable will focus on redevelopment projects — The next Managers Roundtable is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program focuses on how cities can re-envision their aging commercial corridors. Learn how Kansas City, Kansas, leveraged its cultural assets to revitalize Central Avenue and how a retail strip center on 47th Street was repurposed for a creative new use. The roundtable will be at Memorial Halll, 600 N. 7th Street, Kansas City, Kansas. Please register online.

Managers Roundtable (2020 save the date) — Below is a list of dates, times and locations for 2020 Managers Roundtable events:

  • Friday, Feb. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the
    MARC Board Room.
  • Friday, April 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the
    MARC Board Room.
  • Thursday, Aug. 20, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in
    Prairie Village, Kansas.
  • Thursday, Oct. 15, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in
    Grandview, Missouri.
  • Thursday, Dec. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at
    the MARC Offices.

For more information, email Lauren Palmer.

Climate Action KC: Resilience in Action — Climate Action KC is hosting an event from 2 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17, to share the Climate Action Playbook developed for local communities. The Climate Action Playbook will help communities in the region evaluate and implement various climate strategies and policies based on six key areas identified by Project Drawdown. The event will also share three local success stories of implementing playbook solutions. Please register by Dec. 11.

2019 Nationwide Cybersecurity Review — The 2019 Nationwide Cybersecurity Review (NCSR) assessment remains open until Dec. 31, 2019. Cities and counties in the MARC region are encouraged to take advantage of this free, anonymous tool to help governments better understand and measure gaps in their cybersecurity programs. It should be noted that all subrecipients of the fiscal year 2019 Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) must complete the 2019 NCSR to be eligible for funding. For more information and resources, visit the MARC website. Register for the NCSR here.

Kansas City Regional Purchasing Cooperative (KCRPC) news — KCRPC partnered with CoProcure to provide the cooperative contract database. You can use CoProcure’s new online platform to search more than 45,000 contracts from national and regional cooperatives. Agencies using the online form may request help from CoProcure, and MARC members can also work with CoProcure to publish and make their own agency's contracts keyword searchable on their websites at no cost by contacting KCRPC.

Registration open for the Certified Professional Manager® program — The Certified Public Manager (CPM) program, through the University of Kansas, is seeking applicants from the Kansas City metro for its 2020 cohort. The program is a nationally accredited certification designed to develop and strengthen management skills for those interested in government or nonprofit work. The program equips cohort members with foundational knowledge on management practices at all levels of government and public organizations. The University of Kansas now offers certification in Kansas and Missouri. Professionals living or working in Missouri are encouraged to apply. For more information on the program and how to apply, click here or email Terri Callahan.

Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attack seminar — The Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attack (CCTA) Task Force is hosting a Senior Officials Seminar on May 20 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center. The CCTA Task Force is a subcommittee of the Regional Homeland Security Coordinating Committee and is focused on preventing and responding to CCTA’s — terrorist attacks that occur at multiple areas in quick succession — across the region. The seminar is designed specifically for local elected and appointed officials. For more information on the event, contact Erin Lynch or attend the Manager’s Roundtable in December.


New Hampshire to allow multi-town broadband system — The state of New Hampshire is expected to introduce a bill allowing towns to band together to form multi-town broadband districts to establish better internet services and expand rural broadband. Learn more at Governing.

Two small cities engage in autonomous vehicle testing — The cities of Peachtree Corners, Georgia, and Marysville, Ohio, are actively testing connected vehicle technologies. Peachtree Corners has a city-owned technology testing laboratory and in Marysville, all of the city’s traffic lights will be equipped with dedicated short-range communication radios. Learn more at American City and County.

Senator Mastro pushes for manufactured homes — Senator Catherine Mastro, along with five bipartisan senate members, sponsors a bill that would require the Department of Housing and Urban Development to create rules that include manufactured housing in state and local government consolidated plans. The hope is that the bill will give local governments additional tools to combat the affordable housing crisis. Learn more at Route Fifty.

Miami-Dade County uses Homeless Trust to fight homelessness — Miami–Dade County, Florida, used a Homeless Trust to fight homelessness in the area, decreasing homelessness by 90 percent in the past 25 years. Learn more at NACO.

The importance of recycling education programs — Approximately 88 percent of Americans agree that recycling is important, yet nearly half, according to a recent survey, failed a basic recycling quiz demonstrating the importance of public education on recycling best practices. Learn more at ICMAblog.


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