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Life Sciences Talent-to-Industry Exchange report available

tie.pngThe Talent-to-Industry Exchange (TIE) concept was introduced in 2016 as a way to improve the labor supply in key industry sectors, growing the human capital necessary to attract and retain companies in the Kansas City region. This strategy was put forward as a KC Rising pilot project to address the alignment of the region’s education pipeline with workforce needs in specific industries.
Each industry-specific TIE includes (1) a detailed economic and labor analysis;
(2) an educational asset inventory; (3) business engagement through surveys and facilitated discussions; and (4) an action plan and timeline for implementation. This report provides the economic and labor analysis for the first TIE, which focuses on life sciences industry in Greater Kansas City. It includes information from business engagement that took place in late 2016. Download the report»

Johnson County student honored as “9-1-1 Hero”

On Tuesday, Jan 24, the Mid-America Regional Council’s Public Safety Communications Program and the Johnson County Emergency Communications Center honored 11-year-old Ava Hawn for demonstrating the proper use of 9-1-1 in an emergency. Josh Lynch, operations manager for Johnson County Emergency Management and Communications, presented the award to Ava at a special ceremony at Leawood Middle School in Leawood, Kansas.

On two occasions in November 2016, the Leawood student took decisive action and called 9-1-1 when her father became ill after receiving medical treatment. On both occasions, Ava clearly and calmly described the situation to Operations Supervisor Nicki Lantz. Ava repeated her father’s address and she explained that he was ill. Read more»

MARC Board of Directors elects new officers

Councilwoman Carol Suter of Gladstone, Missouri, was elected chair of the MARC Board of Directors on Jan. 24. She replaces Curt Skoog, a member of the Overland Park city council, who served as board chair for the past two years. Other officers elected at the meeting include:
  • 1st Vice Chair — Commissioner Rob Roberts, Miami County, Kansas
  • 2nd Vice Chair — Commissioner Jimmy Odom, Cass County, Missouri
  • Treasurer — Commissioner Harold Johnson, Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas
  • Secretary — Mayor Randy Rhoads, Lee’s Summit, Missouri
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Rock Island Spur of Katy Trail State Park Grand Opening in Pleasant Hill



On a chilly afternoon in December, a large crowd of supporters and enthusiasts gathered in downtown Pleasant Hill, Missouri, to witness Governor Jeremiah (Jay) Nixon cut the ribbon to dedicate the Rock Island Spur of Katy Trail State Park — the former Rock Island Railroad bed converted to a 47.5 mile crushed-rock trail — that connects to the famed Katy Trail at Windsor, Missouri and continues across the state to St Louis. Read the blog»

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