Updates and outcomes from MARC's May Board meetings

Jun 23, 2023
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Sun shines on a pond and walkway in Overland Park's arboretum.
  • Community forest grant: The USDA is accepting applications for a grant program that would aid tree planting efforts, which intersects and supports many of MARC’s regional focus areas. Staff reported that MARC will provide assistance to local jurisdictions applying for the grant funding and will not pursue an independent application. 

At the MARC Budget and Personnel Committee meeting on May 23, attendees took the following actions:

  • Quality places: Committee members voted to approve consultant agreements for four Planning Sustainable Places projects in Kansas City, Missouri; North Kansas City, Missouri; Overland Park, Kansas; and Bonner Springs, Kansas. Each project will support improved transportation and land use by addressing community-specific needs.
  • KC Fresh Rx: To help provide fresh produce to qualifying residents, the committee OK’d a contract with Balls Food Stores to assist in the implementation of the KC Fresh Rx produce prescription program. The contract will provide $102,186 for the continued implementation of this program through 2025.
  • Dispatch feasibility study: Committee members authorized a $200,000 contract with Jackson County for MARC to facilitate a Jackson County regional dispatch feasibility study. The study will evaluate current processes and create recommendations to help address 911 dispatcher workforce challenges.
  • Grant writing: An amended contract with Assel Grant Writing Services was approved by the committee, helping to connect the region to grant opportunities. The amendment turned the $40,000 originally agreed upon into a $135,000 contract to allow the continuance of Assel’s support on other 2023 grant applications. To date, their assistance has resulted in $9.7 million in grant funding in the region.