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Region receives $1.2 million TIGER grant from U.S. DOT

Planning grant will focus on improving transit access to employment centers

The Kansas City region will receive a $1.2 million planning grant for an initiative to double the number of jobs accessible by public transit over the next 10 years. The award is one of 72 grants totaling $600 million announced on Sept. 12 by the U.S. Department of Transportation as part of its 2014 TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant program. The Mid-America Regional Council applied for the grant on behalf of the Regional Transit Coordinating Council, in partnership with the area’s four transit agencies — the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, Johnson County Transit, Unified Government Transit and Indebus. Read more»

KCRPC reaches $100 million in contracts

Kansas City Regional Purchasing Cooperative (KCRPC) has helped local governments procure $100.6 million in products and services using cooperatively bid contracts. KCRPC coordinates the procurement process for regional bids and can also provide local governments with procurement recommendations or referrals to other contracts for commodities not covered under existing KCRPC contracts. KCRPC was established by MARC to help local governments increase their purchasing power and decrease administrative costs. Read examples of KCRPC’s work» 

2014 Sustainable Success Stories Call for Projects

MARC is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Sustainable Success Stories workshop, which will highlight successes in quality placemaking through environmentally conscious programs and planning. Now in its seventh year, the event recognizes programs that advance the three pillars of sustainability — social equity, economic vitality and environmental stewardship. Submissions may focus on
innovative policies or programs, new
design strategies, operations and
maintenance practices, or other topics of interest. Learn more»

September is National Preparedness Month

Results from FEMA’s nation-wide survey conducted earlier this year found that fifty percent (50%) of Americans haven’t discussed or developed an emergency plan for family members detailing what to do and how to reunite in the event of a disaster. As we recognize National Preparedness Month in September, visit PrepareMetroKC.org, the Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee's website, to get informed, make a plan and build an emergency kit.

Prosperity at a Crossroads

Several years ago, a number of business, civic and community leaders raised the need for a more informed discussion about the economic future of Greater Kansas City. This included the desire for more sound research and rigorous analysis that can help residents and decision-makers alike better understand the economic performance of the region and begin a discussion about the future direction of the region’s economy. This report demonstrates the value of such an approach»