MARC’s Planning Sustainable Places program receives two statewide awards

As part of the Quad States American Planning Association (APA) conference held in October, MARC’s Planning Sustainable Places (PSP) program was honored with two awards: the Missouri chapter’s Outstanding Public Outreach, Program, Project, Tool, Community Initiative Award, and the Kansas chapter’s Pioneer Award for urban areas.

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The PSP program was recognized for its wide-reaching planning and implementation activities, which help local governments make progress toward the region’s long-range transportation and placemaking goals. The program provides grant funds for both planning and implementation activities, using a centers-and-corridors framework. This framework focuses development and redevelopment energy in existing activity centers — the places where people live, work, shop, gather, learn and play — and the transportation corridors that connect them.

Over the past three years, the PSP program has distributed more than $4.5 million in HUD Sustainable Communities and Surface Transportation Program funds to 31 projects across the bistate region. Recipients provide a minimum 20 percent funding match for each grant. MARC plans to solicit applications for the next round of PSP grants in May 2016. Approximately $1.2 million in surface transportation funds will be available on the Kansas side of the region (Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami and Wyandotte counties) and $600,000 on the Missouri side (Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte counties).  More information about the program is available online at http://www.marc.org/psp.

The Kansas APA chapter also honored MARC’s long-time Government Innovations Forum Director, Dean Katerndahl, with its Sod Buster Award, which recognizes an individual who has advanced or promoted the cause of planning in the public arena. Katerndahl retired from MARC in June 2015. He was instrumental in launching MARC’s Creating Sustainable Places initiative, a groundbreaking regional effort that led to the creation of the PSP program.

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