Snow on car during winter

Learn how to stay warm and avoid idling

It’s official. Residents across the Kansas City metro woke up to snow on Sunday, Dec. 15. For the next few months, we can expect cold weather and more snow. To avoid the chill during the first few minutes of your daily commute, you may be inclined to warm up your car while you finish your […]

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Couple in rain

2019 ozone season wraps up with no Ozone Alerts

During the 2019 ozone season (March 1–Oct. 31), an exceptionally rainy summer helped keep ground-level ozone in check. Ground-level ozone forms when emissions from vehicles, industry and other sources react with heat and sunlight. In 2019, our region recorded the wettest ozone season since 2001, with rainfall approximately 14 inches above normal. No Ozone Alerts […]

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Regional Roundup: Local governments earn kudos

Each month, our Management Matters newsletter highlights state and national recognition awarded to local governments in Greater Kansas City. Recent highlights include: Metro cities receive ICMA Certificates of Excellence — The International City/County Management Association recognized the cities of Kansas City, Missouri, and Olathe, Kansas, with Certificates of Excellence in Performance Management. Certificates of Excellence […]

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MARC receives Distinguished Budget Presentation award

For the first time, the Mid-America Regional Council has earned the Distinguished Budget Presentation award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). Our audit report has earned GFOA honors for more than 30 consecutive years, but we had never submitted our budget for consideration until this year. In preparing the 2019 budget, we introduced a […]

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KC Rising forum focuses on innovative strategies for shared prosperity

Even in the most economically vibrant metropolitan areas in the country, not all residents are benefiting from economic growth. That’s the premise behind the Shared Prosperity Partnership, a collaborative effort between national and local leaders to promote inclusive prosperity. On October 2-3, KC Rising partners convened more than 200 leaders representing businesses, local governments and […]

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DeBruce Foundation launches new career assessment tool

DeBruce Foundation announces career assessment tool

On Tuesday, Oct. 1, The DeBruce Foundation announced a new career assessment tool — the Agile Work Profiler. This tool uses data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic and helps individuals learn more about their individual strengths and interests. The Bureau of Labor Statistics identified approximately 60,000 jobs that include a variety of work […]

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KC region selected for GEAR award

On Sept. 10, the U.S. General Services Administration announced a $300,000 GEAR award for a Data Academy proposal submitted by the Volcker Alliance, MARC and Johns Hopkins University Centers for Civic Impact. The project is one of three selected nationwide as grand prize winners of GSA’s Government Effectiveness Advanced Research (GEAR) Center challenge. The award […]

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