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JUNE 2019


Johnson earns Jay T. Bell Award — The Missouri City/County Management Association (MCMA) presented the Jay T. Bell Professional Management Award to Blue Springs City Administrator Eric Johnson at the recent MCMA annual conference. The award recognizes a member’s outstanding commitment to the profession of local government management, and is MCMA's highest honor.

Robinson named CFO of the year — The Kansas City Business Journal named Lenexa's Chief Financial Officer Doug Robinson as a 2019 CFO of the Year honoree. Robinson has served as the CFO for Lenexa since 2004.

Grandview lands first Opportunity Zone deal — Grandview, Missouri, approved the first Opportunity Zone investment in the region by Winco Fireworks International, LLC. Winco will build a new headquarters in the SouthPointe Business Park in Grandview.

Kansas City, Missouri, reports on GO KC Program — The city of Kansas City delivered a progress report on the second year of the GO KC Program, an $800 million capital improvements program approved by voters in April 2017. About $60 million in bonds were issued in the second year of the GO KC program, with $7.5 million dedicated to sidewalks and curb ramps citywide. Funding was also used to complete the first phase of the restoration and renovation of Corinthian Hall for the Kansas City Museum.

Smithville completes downtown improvements — In April 2018, Smithville voters approved a 1/2 cent sales tax and issuance of general obligation bonds to finance a number of community improvements. This month, the city completed construction of the $2.3 million Downtown Streetscape project. Throughout this project, the city replaced the roadway, sidewalks, stormwater system, traffic signs and streetlighting in the downtown area.

Olathe wins award for "Rock the Block" event — The city of Olathe received a media recognition award from the Kansas Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (KS-NAHRO) for the "Rock the Block" event, hosted in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity in fall 2018. The award recognizes positive media attention and exposure from the event which targeted repairs and updates to 12 homes in a specific neighborhood.

Horner wins APWA Young Leader Award — The American Public Works Association (APWA) selected Kati Horner, the Independence, Missouri, public works director and city engineer, as the recipient of the national Myron Calkins Young Leader of the Year Award. Horner joined Independence in 2017 and previously served as the Public Works Director for Raytown, Missouri.

Lenexa firefighters earn Medal of Valor — Last month, President Trump awarded 14 public safety officers the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, including Lenexa Fire Captain Dustin Moore and Firefighter Paramedic Andrew Freisner. The White House awards the Medal of Valor to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect others from harm. Moore and Freisner earned this distinction for their roles on the team that responded to an apartment fire in April 2017 and successfully rescued an adult, two children and a family pet from a life-threatening situation.


No Managers Roundtable in June — There is no Managers Roundtable in June. All are encouraged to attend the MARC Regional Assembly on June 14. The next Managers Roundtable is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 29, from 3–4:30 p.m. with an optional social hour to follow. The event will be held in Overland Park, Kansas, and the program focuses on downtown redevelopment. Details and registration to follow.

MARC’s Regional Assembly scheduled for June 14 — MARC's 23rd Annual Regional Assembly will be held on Friday, June 14 at the Westin Crown Center. The keynote speaker will be Thomas W. Ross, president of the Volcker Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the effectiveness of government to achieve results that matter. This year’s Regional Leadership Award honorees include: Maria Meyers, founder, KC SourceLink; Desiree Monize, executive director and CEO, Avenue of Life; Mayor David Slater, city of Pleasant Valley, Missouri; West Central Missouri Community Action Agency; and former Johnson County Commissioner and past MARC Board Chair Ron Shaffer (recognized for Distinguished Board Service). More information and registration is available online.

Kansas City Regional Purchasing Cooperative (KCRPC) news — KCRPC has a new online platform for the contract database. The tool includes new functionality to submit contract research requests. Agencies may schedule a demonstration of the new database by contacting KCRPC.

Get involved in the Public Service Youth Career Expo — The event, led by CORE4 and open to all local governments, is held every other year to promote awareness of local government careers to area youth. This hands-on event will be at Bartle Hall on Nov. 7. Please encourage a member of your human resources team to participate in planning meetings held on the third Thursday of every month from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the MARC conference center. Sector leaders are assigned and will be reaching out soon to recruit volunteers for the event. For more information, contact Annette Vaughn.


Guest: Mike Ekey
Assistant City Administrator
Raymore, Missouri

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ICMA conference scholarships available — Three scholarships are available for members to attend the annual conference in October. The application deadline is June 10. Learn more from ICMA.

ICMA 2019 election ballot is open — Voting is now open for the election of regional vice presidents for the ICMA Executive Board. You must vote by June 20. Learn more from ICMA.

Missouri DHSS to release final rules for medical marijuana — The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services released the draft regulations on medical marijuana. All rules were finalized and available to the public on June 4. Facility license application forms and instructions are available and DHSS will accept completed applications between Aug. 3 and Aug. 17. Kansas communities are encouraged to update their personnel policies to address medical marijuana use by Missouri residents.

Join Hidden Heroes Cities — Join Independence and Kansas City, Missouri, and Shawnee, Kansas, and become a Hidden Heroes City. Hidden Heroes Cities is a growing network of cities and counties dedicated to streamlining services to military caregivers and sharing best practices. Learn more from the Elizabeth Dole Foundation.

Infrastructure package stalled — Talks between Democrats and Trump crumble, leaving uncertainty for a proposed $2 trillion public works package. Learn more from Route Fifty.

FEMA seeks comments — Local governments are encouraged to comment on the implementation of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018. Learn more from ICMA.

Public housing agencies oppose HUD plan — New HUD rule disqualifies families from housing assistance if they have an undocumented person living with them. Learn more from Governing.

Collaboration key for broadband — Partnerships among all levels of government and the private sector extend broadband in underserved areas. Learn more from NACo.

Putting government podcasting on the map — As podcasts grow in popularity, state and local governments find new uses for the platform. Learn more from GovTech.


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