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New community engagement tool 

MARC is pleased to announce the launch of a new online community engagement tool, The tool will develop and engage a thousand-member online community panel of area residents to take surveys, quick polls and participate in discussion forums about specific topics related to regional issues. The panel will foster three-way engagement — from MARC to community members; from community members to MARC; and between community members. As of July 21, the membership has surpassed 1,000 members. To all of you serving on the community, we greatly appreciate your involvement.

Prosperity at a Crossroads 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»

Grant funds available for transportation-related planning projects

MARC is now accepting applications for the 2014 Planning Sustainable Places (PSP) program. The program helps fund transportation-focused planning and projects for local activity centers and small areas, positioning projects to move from planning to implementation. A total of $1 million of funding is available — $500,000 each from the Kansas and Missouri Surface Transportation Program funds for livable community development. The 2014 PSP application is online at The deadline for applications is August 27 at 4 p.m. CDT.

Cities, counties, state and transportation agencies in the MARC transportation planning boundary (Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami and Wyandotte counties in Kansas, and Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte counties in Missouri) are eligible to apply. Local nonprofit agencies and community organizations may submit applications in partnership with city or county governments. More»

Congratulations to our Regional Leadership Award Honorees

MARC's 2014 Regional Leadership Award honorees were recognized at the 18th Annual Regional Assembly: Don Reimal, recently retired mayor of Independence; Mark Randall, city administrator for Pleasant Hill; the four area Shepherd's Centers; and the REACH Healthcare Foundation and Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. Read more about the 2014 honorees»

Kansas City added to Lumina Foundation’s education attainment strategy

The Kansas City region is one of 35 U.S. communities selected to participate in Lumina Foundation’s community-based postsecondary education attainment strategy. The Mid-America Regional Council led a coalition of civic, government, educational and business partners in a successful application to join the Lumina initiative. Lumina’s strategy is designed to help communities and regions dramatically increase the number of local residents with postsecondary education credentials. As a participating region, Kansas City will benefit from significant technical and planning assistance, data tools, flexible funding, and the ability to customize attainment plans that will best suit the community’s needs. More»