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MARC's Role

MARC's 2015 Annual Report

For more than 40 years, MARC has served the Greater Kansas City region, advancing regional progress through leadership, planning and action. In our 2015 annual report, we share information about our recent activities in the context of the many changes facing the region and the nation.

As a metropolitan planning organization, we help the region anticipate and adapt to change as we work on a broad agenda that includes healthy people and families, efficient transportation systems, more effective local governments, a strong and competitive regional economy, safe and prepared communities, and a healthy environment. Together, we're creating a more vibrant, connected and green region.

As a voluntary association of local governments, MARC convenes partners and coordinates planning efforts on a wide range of issues that are important to communities in the metro, including aging services, early learning, health care, community development, homeland security, emergency services, the regional 9-1-1 system and much more. We work with cities, counties and other entities to identify common objectives and achieve our collective goals. MARC has no taxation or regulatory authority.

MARC serves as both the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the bistate Kansas City region and as the Council of Governments (COG) for the nine counties and 119 cities in the region. MARC is governed by a Board of Directors made up of local elected officials, and is funded by federal, state and private grants, local contributions and earned income. A major portion of our budget is passed through to local governments and other agencies for programs and services.

As an MPO — one of more than 300 such organizations across the U.S. — MARC is responsible for transportation planning for the region. This includes both long-range planning, such as Transportation Outlook 2040, and short-range planning included in the Transportation Improvement Program. MARC's Total Transportation Policy Committee (TTPC) oversees the allocation of millions of dollars in federal and state transportation funds each year. Transportation planning is closely connected to many of MARC's other programs, including air quality and land use forecasts.

To learn more about MARC's role in each of its program areas, use the navigation menu at the top of this page or see our latest annual report. To learn more about MARC's current work within this year, read our work plan.

Our Planning Framework

In 2009, the MARC Board of Directors adopted a Strategic Planning Framework to guide MARC's work. The framework includes a regional vision, key sustainability principles and program goals for environment, transportation, community development, education, public safety, community services and effective government. MARC also developed strategies for each of these program goals.