A look back at the 2022 Regional Assembly

Jun 23, 2022
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Ed Eilert and Dan Manley with their awards standing in front of the Parade of Hearts art project

More than 650 people from across the region attended the event, which celebrated MARC’s 50th anniversary by reflecting on regional achievements and looking ahead to the future. 

The program—held in-person for the first time since the pandemic began—included a luncheon, an overview of MARC’s focus areas and awards presentation. In addition, the event featured live performances by Julia Haile, a local singer, and the Youth Chorus of Kansas City. Attendees were also encouraged to take a selfie with one of the sculptures from the Parade of Hearts public arts experience. 

MARC honored recipients of the 2022 Regional Leadership Awards at the assembly. Each year, these awards honor individuals and organizations that advocate regional concepts, approaches and programs; address regional challenges; apply innovative solutions to regional problems; and advance a regional vision of excellence and opportunity. 

Ed Eilert, Board Chairman, Johnson County, Kansas

For extraordinary public service and collaborative and innovative leadership in Johnson County and the region. 

Dan Manley, Assistant Fire Chief, City of Lee's Summit

For key regional leadership over many years on important emergency response efforts, including the region’s response to the pandemic. 

Kathy Nelson, President and CEO, Visit KC and the Kansas City Sports Commission

For serving as an exemplary ambassador for the region and as a strong collaborator dedicated to positively impacting our communities. 

Dr. Steven Stites, Chief Medical Officer, The University of Kansas Health System

For providing steady, trustworthy leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and working regionally to ensure our communities are safe. 

Event videos

Additional videos from the event are available on MARC’s YouTube page