Government Training Institute building effective leadership in the region

Better training leads to better work performance, stable leadership and fulfillment of goals. MARC’s work around effective local government — one of our eight central policy goals — aims to provide high quality training and technical assistance services to local governments and to develop collaborative efforts and shared services to help cities and counties work […]

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Parkville City Hall

Regional Roundup: Local governments earn praise for accomplishments

Each month, our Management Matters newsletter highlights state and national recognition awarded to local governments in Greater Kansas City. Recent highlights include: City of Parkville makes list of 20 best places to live in Missouri — The city of Parkville, Missouri, was ranked number 18 in Money Inc’s 20 best places to live in Missouri. […]

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Census 2020: How you can help

With only 50 days remaining until Census Day on April 1, 2020, local government and community leaders are ramping up efforts to increase awareness that completing the census is safe, easy and important.   MARC and members of Kansas City Regional Complete Count Committee are partnering with representatives from the U.S. Census Bureau to offer […]

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Cities in Eastern Jackson County explore shared services

In the fall of 2019, the cities of Independence, Lee’s Summit and Blue Springs, Missouri, adopted by resolution an agreement to advance collaborative strategies across the three cities. With assistance from MARC, the cities are exploring opportunities to enhance public services, improve customer service and support employees. The three cities have well-established relationships among both […]

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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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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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Local governments and special districts plan career expo

On Nov. 7, more than 3,500 middle and high school students will attend a public sector career expo at Bartle Hall Convention Center. The expo will introduce students to career paths in local government and public service and connect employers to the future workforce. Students will have the opportunity to engage with representatives working in […]

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Summit focuses on affordable housing challenges

Members of the First Suburbs Coalition, regional stakeholders and national experts attended a regional housing summit in Gladstone, Missouri, on July 19 to discuss workforce housing challenges and their impact on economic development in first-tier suburbs. The summit was the capstone event of a National League of Cities (NLC) Pilot Project launched in March. The […]

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