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2017 Greater Kansas City Economic Forecast

The economic forecast MARC prepares for the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce was presented on Oct. 28, 2016, at its annual forecast breakfast. The forecast for the Kansas City area  economy in 2017: to add 19,000 jobs over the coming year, with economic output expected to grow about 2 percent. This rate of economic growth is currently sufficient to put downward pressure on unemployment and upward pressure on wages, resulting in rising prosperity that is more broadly shared. Read more and download the Forecast»

2016 Sustainable Success Stories recognized

Each year, MARC recognizes Sustainable Success Stories at an event that highlights a cross-section of sustainability efforts. By sharing local successes and challenges, community partners can learn how to replicate high-impact practices with the long-term goal of improving the quality of life for citizens in the Kansas City region. The 2016 competition emphasized exemplary green and complete street projects and initiatives in both urban and suburban settings. The projects honored this year are described here»

Federal funds awarded to local transportation projects

The Mid-America Regional Council’s Board of Directors recently approved the allocation of approximately $84.4 million in federal funding for 68 projects that will help improve air quality and public transportation; enhance roads and rehabilitate bridges; and support focused development in the Kansas City region during the coming years.

MARC works with the Missouri and Kansas Departments of Transportation, city and county governments and other local stakeholders to review funding applications that align with priorities and strategies established in the region’s long-range metropolitan transportation plan. The projects selected for funding will help make progress on a broad range of policy goals identified in Transportation Outlook 2040.

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Rock Island Spur of Katy Trail State Park Grand Opening in Pleasant Hill

On a chilly afternoon in December, a large crowd of supporters and enthusiasts gathered in downtown Pleasant Hill, Missouri, to witness Governor Jeremiah (Jay) Nixon cut the ribbon to dedicate the Rock Island Spur of Katy Trail State Park — the former Rock Island Railroad bed converted to a 47.5 mile crushed-rock trail — that connects to the famed Katy Trail at Windsor, Missouri and continues across the state to St Louis. Read the blog»
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