MoKan Council To Hold Town Halls
Although most residents don’t realize it, the Mo-Kan Regional Council (MKRC) is behind many important aspects of our community, they are under the feet, in the air, doing business with many of the northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas communities.
Most residents enjoy new bridges, better roads, enhanced water supplies, and new businesses in their communities. While not likely to be a common household name, without the guidance of Mo-Kan Regional Council these improvements would not be there.
MKRC is headquartered in St. Joseph, Missouri, but continuously serving six different counties in the northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas region. Soon they will be inviting community residents in Atchison and Doniphan counties in Kansas and Andrew, Buchanan, Clinton, and DeKalb counties in Missouri to participate in an open information-gathering session. This will allow MKRC to utilize this feedback as groundwork for new, upcoming projects.
Community feedback is key to the success of Mo-Kan. The feedback from previous county meetings has provided the information necessary to generate plans and other documents that will assist the region in their growth and success. In 2007, MKRC completed the six-county Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. This document is created as part of an effort to asses, define, and accomplish the economic and community development goals of the region. It also helps to provide a structured plan with objectives and goals as well as policies created by the community leaders.
MKRC is “constantly offering to help communities in the region with growth,” says Tom Bliss the Executive Director of Mo-Kan Regional Council. They’re a resource for new businesses to receive start-up assistance, through providing a wealth of information on their website and helping to generate new relationships.
In September community feedback is again being requested. These town-hall type meetings will address topics such as visions for the community, ways to improve transportation, how to generate more small business relationships, and more. Information provided will be used for a new strategic plan for the region that will make northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas communities stronger and more viable. During the five-week course of county meetings, MKRC will work with Susan J. Campbell Copywriting Solutions to gather information through questions and discussion.
MKRC is here to help begin the process of building and maintaining a strong community that is focused on economic development. The objective of MKRC is to promote the economic development of the regional community.
About Mo-Kan Regional Council:
The Mo-Kan Regional Council is a designated regional planning commission and economic development district providing community and economic development services to six counties in northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas. The region is made up of Andrew, Buchanan, Clinton, and Dekalb counties in Missouri and Atchison and Doniphan counties in Kansas.