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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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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»

2016 Regional Aerial Photography project is complete

Every two years, MARC coordinates a Regional Aerial Photography project among GIS professionals from many cities and counties in the Kansas City region to acquire new aerial photography. Working together, member communities are able to obtain aerial data at a fraction of the cost they would pay individually.

Images from our most recent flight, acquired in February and March of 2016, have been finalized and delivered. We soon will be planning for our next flight in 2018, which has a good chance of including a coordinated LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) elevation data component as well as the standard aerial photography. Read more»

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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