Mid-America Regional Council

MARC is a nonprofit association of city and county governments and the metropolitan planning organization for the bistate Kansas City region. Governed by a Board of Directors made up of local elected officials, we serve nine counties and 119 cities We provide a forum for the region to work together to advance social, economic and environmental progress.

MARC is funded by federal, state and private grants, local contributions and earned income. A major portion of our budget is passed through to local governments and other agencies for programs and services.

What We Do

The Mid-America Regional Council promotes regional cooperation and develops innovative solutions through leadership, planning and action.


  • Identify regional challenges and act as a problem-solving forum.
  • Promote consensus and commitment to regional solutions.
  • Educate and engage the public in decision-making processes.


  • Coordinate policies that guide progress in the region.
  • Develop regional plans for transportation, the environment, emergency response and more.
  • Conduct research and provide technical support to local leaders.


  • Advocate for regional issues at the state and federal levels.
  • Provide cooperative services between local governments.
  • Allocate resources for regional systems.