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Address markers increase safety on walking and biking trails

Since 2009, agencies in the Kansas City region have been installing 9-1-1 address-marker signposts along many biking and walking trails to improve public safety. Based on a regional grid system, these signs each provide a unique address similar to this one recently installed in Olathe. When someone needs emergency help on a trail, the information on the signpost will help 9-1-1 dispatchers locate the caller with an increased level of accuracy. Read more»

Public/private partnerships align education with workforce

Talent-to-Industry Exchanges (TIEs) are replicable public/private partnerships that bring industry and education groups together to solve workforce challenges. 
GradForce KC introduced the TIE concept in 2016. This strategy was put forward as a KC Rising pilot project to address the alignment of the region’s education pipeline with workforce needs in specific industries. The first TIE focuses on life sciences, a $9.2 billion industry with 38,463 jobs in the Kansas City region. This sector includes companies engaged in research and development, manufacturing, and bioinformatics. MARC’s 2016 educational asset inventory found a total of 459 life science credentials available at 34 public, private and for-profit colleges and universities in the region. Read the Life Sciences TIE report»

2016 Workforce and Education Summit

The seventh annual Greater Kansas City Workforce and Education Summit, held in December 2016, offered strategies to reinforce connections between business and education in order to strengthen the region’s human capital — a key driver of the regional economy. More than 125 representatives from colleges, universities, school districts, businesses, local governments, economic development agencies and other organizations attended. Two new reports were also released at the summit: the 2016 Education Asset Inventory for Greater Kansas City, and a Common Sector Competencies blueprint.

Download datasets from GIS

MARC staff maintain many GIS datasets describing boundaries, resources, and features in the Kansas City Region. The MARC GIS program provides data free to the public in order to increase regional awareness on shared issues, to provide a public service, and to assist local governments and planning agencies with their own maps, analyses and decision-making processes.

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