Mo-Kan is a designated regional planning commission (RPC) and economic development district (EDD), recognized by the states of Kansas and Missouri and the federal government. We provide community and economic development services to 36 municipalities and six counties in northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas. Our region consists of Andrew, Buchanan, Clinton, and DeKalb counties in Missouri and Atchison and Doniphan counties in Kansas. Additionally, Mo-Kan provides business development and financing services across the entire state of Missouri and all of northeast Kansas.

Disaster Recovery Plan Approved

The Disaster Recovery and Economic Resiliency Strategy for Mo-Kan Regional Council is approved by the Economic Development Administration (EDA).  On June 20, 2012, Mo-Kan was awarded $150,000 from Economic Development Administration (EDA) for the purpose of completing a Regional Disaster Recovery Plan. The intent of this document is to assess losses; diagnose needs and provide disaster recovery assistance to local governments, communities and businesses in their efforts to recover from the flooding of the Missouri River in 2011, as well as other potential future natural disasters. The flood impacted northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas in three main ways: interrupting income, reducing personal assets and destroying essential public infrastructure.  While facilitating economic recovery will continue to be a significant activity, Mo-Kan created a scope of work to assist with long-term response and recovery efforts, and further develop additional strategies and actions in disaster preparedness and economic sustainability. 

Forlesia Willis, Senior Community and Economic Development Planner for EDA noted, "I would highly recommend using the Mo-Kan strategy as an example for other organizations to follow."  Please click the attached link to review the entire plan.

Block Walk Receives Recognition

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, recognized Block Walk St. Joe as part of the 2015 Bright Ideas program. This year's cohort includes 124 programs from all levels of government—school districts; county, city, state, and federal agencies; as well as public-private partnerships—that are at the forefront in innovative government action. Read More

Community Development Planner Position

Mo-Kan Regional Council is seeking applicants for a Community Development Planner position. A degree in planning, public administration or a related field is required. Experience in economic and infrastructure development, grant writing, community development and a familiarity with local, state and federal government preferred. Candidates with internship or practical academic experience in the public sector will be considered. Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, are essential. Salary range $30,000 - $35,000 DOQ/DOE. Send resume with references and one-page original writing sample by June 15, 2015 to MKRC, 224 N. 7th Street, St. Joseph, MO 64501, or email to EOE

CEDS now available

Mo-Kan's 2014-2019 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is now available. Please click the link below to view the completed document. 

2014-2019 CEDS

Single Feasible Source Notice

Mo-Kan Regional Council intends to procure a dispatcher communication software system from New World Systems. This equipment will be used for the dispatch system for the St. Joseph Police Department. This is a "single feasible source purchase posting notice" to inform the public of our intentions. See attachment for purchase details.

See attachment for details.

Single Source Posting Notice                 (PDF, 2.5MB)

Single Feasible Source Notice

Mo-Kan Regional Council intends to procure a decontamination inflatable shelter from ZUMRO, Inc., This equipment will be used for regional decontamination procedures. This is a "single feasible source purchase posting notice" to inform the public of our intentions. See attachment for purchase details.

See attachment for details.

Single Source Posting Notice                 (PDF, 6.0MB)

CEDS Survey

Mo-Kan Regional Council is required by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to facilitate the completion of a regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).

In order to update the CEDS Workplan, we need your input.  Please fill out this brief survey about your community:

CEDS Community Survey  

(External link to Survey Monkey)

TextCaster Alerts

Mo-Kan provides TextCaster Alerts to its various boards and working groups. Sign up to receive text or email reminders of meeting times and other relevant news.

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Missouri Star Quilt Company Named the 2015 Small Business (Persons) of the Year

  • Alan Doan and Sarah Galbraith recognized nationally. Read more here.

States, Not Just Feds, Struggle to Keep Gas Tax Revenue

  • According to a Governing analysis, two-thirds of states' fuel taxes have failed to keep up with inflaction, forcing lawmakers to revisit the politically fraught issue of raising taxes.  Read more here.

Counties Lag Behind National Recovery, Report Finds

  • A new National Association of Counties report depicts an economic recovery that hasn't yet been realized at the local level in much of the country. Read more here.

Mo-Kan Accepts $1.2 Million in EPA Grant Funding

  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) representatives and Mo-Kan staff held a press conference on June 19, 2014. Read more here.

FirstNet Stakeholder Input Needed

  • Mo-Kan is seeking law enforcement, fire, EMS, and other first responders to give input on the planned FirstNet initiative. 
  • Next meetings will resume in early 2015. Read more.

Government Contracting: Why Relationships are Important

  • There are a number of reasons why businesses should develop a relationship with government contracting officers. Read more here.

Missouri On-Site Wastewater Loan Program

  • MoDNR program for repair or replacement of private wastewater treatment systems. To learn more, click HERE