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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 5, 2012

City leads at National League of Cities Congress

The City of Kansas City, Mo., demonstrated its innovation and leadership at this year’s annual National League of Cities’ Congress of Cities and Exposition in Boston, held Nov. 28 - Dec.1, 2012. The National League of Cities (NLC) designated two City projects as “City Showcase Programs” and asked the City to participate in workshops on sustainability and performance topics.

"Kansas City is clearly being recognized at a national level for our leadership in implementing innovative programs to preserve our environment and conserve natural resources," said Sixth District Councilman John Sharp, who attended the conference and serves on NLC’s Community & Economic Development Public Policy Steering Committee.

The City’s Enterprise Sustainability Platform and its Middle Blue River Basin Green Solutions Pilot Project were both selected as “City Showcase Programs,” which are programs that offer creative and effective solutions to community issues. Only 21 “City Showcase Programs” were chosen nationwide.

The Enterprise Sustainability Platform is a state of the art software application that was recently implemented in several City buildings. Led by Facilities Manager Robert Rives, this platform provides the City’s facility managers with quick access to energy consumption information on a real-time basis. This allows them to make critical and responsible energy-related decisions in a timely manner. This project has led to measurable savings in costs and increased efficiency in facility management operations.

The Middle Blue River Basin Green Solutions Pilot Project is the first green infrastructure project for the City’s Water Services Department’s 25-year Overflow Control Program. The purpose of the project is to test a wide range of green infrastructure solutions and streetscape improvements for controlling sewer overflows. This project was the first green infrastructure project aimed at reducing sewer overflows in the nation, and its design integrated stormwater treatment systems into street, curb and sidewalk repairs and traffic-calming devices. This design is a direct result of the extensive outreach with residents and inter-departmental collaboration by City staff.

Fourth District Councilwoman Jan Marcason moderated an NLC conference session titled, “Integrating Green Infrastructure in Your Community,” which discussed issues facing cities related to stormwater management and green infrastructure systems, and featured speakers from Milwaukee, Wis.; Philadelphia, Pa.; and Franklin, Mass.

City Manager Troy Schulte and Councilwoman Jan Marcason facilitated a roundtable discussion on crowd sourcing and the neighbor.ly grass roots fundraising software.

Third District Councilman Jermaine Reed met with NLC’s National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials to discuss ways to establish Sister City relationships with municipalities in Africa and the Diaspora. The Caucus examined how local leaders can benefit from addressing mutual leadership issues, exchanging problem-solving approaches and sharing best practices for improving governance skills with diplomatic representatives from African countries.

Cookingham-Noll Fellow Katherine Carttar gave a presentation with leaders from Minneapolis, Minn., and Pasadena, Calif. at a session entitled, “Utilizing Performance Tools to Measure Your Cities’ Sustainability Efforts.” Carttar shared insights on establishing successful sustainability indicators that reflect an organization’s priorities; the process to manage long-term sustainability goals; and the most useful tools needed to measure and track success.

The City’s elected officials were also well represented at the conference. In addition to Councilwoman Marcason, Councilman Sharp and Councilman Reed, Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Circo, First District Councilman Dick Davis, Fourth District at Large Councilman Jim Glover and Fifth District Councilman Michael Brooks also attended.

Councilwoman Marcason serves on the Finance, Administration & Intergovernmental Relations Public Policy Steering Committee and is newly appointed as the chair of the Large Cities Council. Councilman Sharp serves on the Community & Economic Development Public Policy Steering Committee, and Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Circo serves on the Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Public Policy Steering Committee. Councilman Reed is the Region 8 Director for NLC’s National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials.

For more information about the City’s role at the National League of Cities’ Congress of Cities and Exposition, please contact Assistant City Manager Pat Klein at 816-513-6535.

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