Community Development Department Overview
At the heart of the Mid-America
Regional Council's activities is the desire to create quality communities
for the residents of our region to live, work and play. To meet that objective,
MARC's community development department works closely on those issues
that encourage quality growth and development.
The Community Development
Department includes a number of programs and initiatives designed to
improve the regional community.
programs include efforts to improve the region's air quality, effective
stormwater management, solid waste reduction, recycling efforts and
proper disposal of household hazardous waste.
- Emergency services and Homeland
emergency response planning and coordination of emergency medical and
rescue services in the area.
- Public Safety and 9-1-1 includes
coordinating the regional 9-1-1 system and providing assistance in
training and recruitment for 9-1-1 dispatch centers.
- The Government
Training Institute offers high-quality and cost effective classes
and seminars to local elected officials and government employees.
- The Government
Innovations Forum provides support for city and county administrators
through the Managers' Roundtable, and coordinates cooperative purchasing
efforts through the Kansas City
Regional Purchasing Cooperative (KCRPC).
- The Small
Cities program provides administrative, planning and informational
resources to smaller local governments that need assistance.
- The First
Suburbs Coalition helps local governments in older communities that
form an inner ring around the urban core find solutions to common problems
with maintaining housing and public infrastructure and retaining competitive
In addition, the Community
Development Department undertakes a number of special initiatives, such
as the Creating Quality Places
MetroGreen and more.