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NOVEMBER 2021

REGIONAL NEWS

Randall announces retirement — Mark Randall, assistant city manager for Independence, Missouri, recently announced his retirement. Randall has 40 years of local government experience. Prior to coming to Independence, he served as the city administrator for Pleasant Hill, Missouri, for 28 years.

Ebel announces retirement — Bill Ebel, city administrator for Overland Park, Kansas, announced he will retire in March of 2022. Ebel has 43 years of public service experience and has served Overland Park in different roles for 21 years. 

Overland Park and Lee’s Summit work to address behavioral health emergency responses — Overland Park, Kansas, and Lee’s Summit, Missouri, are implementing co-responder programs to respond to mental health-related law enforcement calls. Overland Park is creating a behavioral health unit within their police force which will comprise 12 crisis intervention-trained police officers and three mental health co-responders. Together, they will respond to emergency calls where behavioral health is a contributing factor. Lee’s Summit has partnered with the mental health non-profit ReDiscover to pair outreach clinical specialists with police officers who respond to mental health-related emergency calls on weekends. Lee’s Summit is expanding the existing eastern Jackson County mental health co-responder partnership that is supported with a U.S. Department of Justice grant administered by MARC.

Unified Government activates high tech wastewater treatment plant — The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, has activated a new wastewater treatment plant in western Kansas City, Kansas. The plant will utilize new technology, aerobic granular sludge, to treat wastewater. This will eliminate many traditional treatment steps and reduce operational complexity. The new plant currently processes daily flows of two million gallons but is expected to eventually handle average daily flows of 18 million gallons.

KCMO receives 2021 Smart 50 Award — Kansas City, Missouri, received a 2021 Smart 50 award from the Smart Cities Connect Foundation for the installation of RUBICON smart city technology within their fleet of 80 sanitation vehicles. The program has delivered over $2 million in cost savings for solid waste services since its implementation. Smart 50 awards annually recognize smart city projects in cities worldwide that are innovative and/or will have municipal-scale impact in the future.

Shawnee approves downtown pilot project — Shawnee, Kansas, approved a traffic calming pilot project in downtown Shawnee. The project will include a reduction in the number of lanes on Johnson drive, will add on-street parallel parking and will convert some parallel parking spaces to angled parking spaces. Shawnee hopes that the project will result in reduced speeds downtown, an increase in the number of parking spaces, increased walkability, enhanced business vitality, and that the downtown area will be viewed as destination location rather than a pass-through route.

 

MARC NEWS

MARC Board of Directors — The next Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Board of Directors meeting will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 23, from noon to 1:30 p.m. The agenda will be online one week before the meeting. If you missed the last board meeting, read the key highlights.

Cybersecurity Incident Response Plan Informational Workshop — MARC and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), will host a virtual Cybersecurity Incident Response Plan Informational Workshop on Nov. 19 from 9–11 a.m. This informational workshop will help executive personnel in MARC jurisdictions craft a cybersecurity incident response plan by reviewing the incident response process, as well as the components and factors to consider when developing a plan. It will also allow participants, within their jurisdictional teams, to discuss their current incident response processes and begin to identify areas for improvement. Lastly, it will provide participants with an opportunity to talk about what resources they need to improve their capability, as well as provide them with resources to get started on an incident response plan. Register for the event here by Nov. 16. For more information, click here.

Cybersecurity Insurance Informational Webinar — MARC will host an informational webinar on cybersecurity insurance on Thursday, Nov. 18 from 2–3 p.m. via Webex. This informational webinar will feature speakers from BCP Tech (Brush Creek Partners) and Charlesworth Consulting, who will discuss obtaining cybersecurity insurance and the right level/type of coverage for organizations. Other topics that will be discussed include the role of cybersecurity insurers, tips for incident information sharing, and trends in the industry moving forward. The discussion will be followed by a short Q and A session with the speakers. There is no cost to participate in this event. Register here.

Managers Roundtable — The December Managers Roundtable is being rescheduled to avoid a conflict with the annual KACM conference. Stay tuned for additional information.

Midwest RUC Road Usage Charge Study — The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) has launched a statewide survey to learn what Kansans think about how highways and bridges are funded. This survey is the first step in a voluntary Midwest Road Usage Charge (RUC) study that is being led by KDOT. The study will focus on identifying how a RUC system that reflects unique Midwestern needs could help fund transportation investments in the future. KDOT is seeking drivers who are interested in learning more about RUC approaches and shaping the national conversation on a road usage charge. To learn more about the study or to volunteer to be involved, click here. To complete the survey, click here.

Nationwide Cybersecurity Review — Registration for the 2021 Nationwide Security Review (NCSR) self-assessment is open. Cities and counties of all sizes 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 FY21 Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) must complete the 2021 NCSR to be eligible for funding.

If you’re new to the NCSR or need a refresher, watch an informational webinar that reviews the new NCSR platform, its maturity scale and resources available after completing the assessment here. Register for the NCSR here. For questions, contact Jacob Worth.

2021 Workforce Summit — Registration is now open for the 11th annual Greater Kansas City Workforce and Education Summit which will take place virtually from 9-11 a.m. on Dec. 7.  This year’s theme is “Advancing workforce, education and economic opportunities for our communities.” There is no fee to attend this virtual event. Register now.

CPM Program applications are open — The Heartland Certified Public Managers (CPM) program is accepting applications for the next round of cohorts. CPM is a nationally accredited management program that aims to strengthen management skills and understand current management practices. Classes meet two days each month from January through November. For more information and to apply, click here.  

Public employee discounts — The Federal Executive Board (FEB) comprises 150 federal agencies in the Kansas City region and enhances communication between Washington, D.C., and local federal offices within the region, as well as coordination and collaboration among local federal offices. The FEB works with entertainment venues and other vendors to offer discounts to public employees on many attractions and events. The FEB asked MARC to share these opportunities with area cities and counties as many local government employees are eligible for discounts. For more information, click here.

Kansas City Regional Purchasing Cooperative (KCRPC) news — Generator repair and preventative maintenance contract, bid 85, renewal is completed effective Oct. 1, 2021 to Sept. 31, 2022, with one year renewal option remaining. Agencies are welcome to join the contract for repair and preventative maintenance on existing equipment. Other KCRPC renewals to be completed this year include office paper products bid 88, storm warning sirens for 2022 on bid 41, and RN/LPN temporary staffing services for 2022 on bid 90. Our partner, HGACBuy, continues to offer their Open House series in November and December. This opportunity gives members a chance to learn more about HGACBuy, meet the vendors, see what is offered on the contracts, have specific questions answered and find the procurement solution that meets your organization’s needs. Registration is free at Virtual Open House.

 

STATE & NATIONAL NEWS

Vermont and Virginia use stimulus funding to build broadband equity Vermont and Virginia utilize American Rescue Plan dollars to expand broadband to underserved populations. Read more at Governing.

Miami pilots new smart waste metering system — Miami, Florida, has piloted a new smart waste metering program that introduces smart cameras into city dumpsters and measures how much and what type of waste is present. Read more at American City and County.

CompTIA Public Technology Institute releases new survey results — CompTIA Public Technology Institute released a new survey highlighting several cybersecurity concerns from IT professionals including non-mandatory training for elected officials, remote work and rising insurance premiums. Read more at Route-Fifty.com.

Maricopa County innovates to address water demand Maricopa County, Arizona, has worked to address future water demands by recognizing stormwater as an important resource and by creating a regional collaboration effort to find innovative ways to conserve water. Learn more at NACo.

 

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