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First Suburbs Coalition

The First Suburbs Coalition celebrates 10 years with a new video

First Suburbs in the news

The First Suburbs Coalition has formed a partnership with KC Communities for All Ages, a regional initiative to help communities prepare for the large increase in older adults that will occur over the next two decades. The partnership hosted a kickoff for the regional initiative with a focus on what local governments can do to start preparing for the aging boom. News media around town has been reporting on the initiative:

First Suburbs Coalition meetings

The next First Suburbs Coalition meeting is Friday, April 18 at 8 a.m. at the Sylvester Powell Center, 6200 Martway, Mission, Kan. The meeting will include recommending new co-chairs for the Coalition and a report from the Planning Work Group on future Coalition activities, with a focus on maintaining vibrant neighborhoods and a legislative agenda. All coalition meetings are open to the public. If you plan on attending please RSVP to Lisa Elsas.
If you would like to join in the Planning Work Group, it meets on Thursday, March 27 at 9:30 a.m. at MARC. Please let Dean Katerndahl know if you plan on attending.

Envision Tomorrow helps local governments plan ahead

At a recent First Suburbs Coalition quarterly meeting, the city of Merriam gave a presentation on how it used the new MARC Creating Sustainable Places tools, particularly Envision Tomorrow, to develop a vision for the old K-Mart site and adjacent properties. The use of Envision Tomorrow allowed the city to consider several different scenarios, the economic feasibility of each scenario, and the incentives that would be required to make the scenario feasible. The city is considering tying its incentives to the level of development offered for the site.

If you would like more information about Envision Tomorrow or any of the other tools contact Beth Dawson or Dean Katerndahl.