Our Work

Since its inception in 1968, Mo-Kan Regional Council has provided its member communities with an array of professional services in the area of community planning, including grant operation and writing and seeking solutions for economic development challenges. 

Through planning, program coordination, advocacy and technical assistance, Mo-Kan staff strives to make the region and its communities a better place to live and work. Mo-Kan serves its member communities by providing a forum for regional collaboration and discussion. Through regional partnership, community representatives can come together to tackle common obstacles and reach common goals. 

Mo-Kan hosts workshops, leads various local and regional plan updates and assists communities and entities within the region with grant applications and administration. Some of Mo-Kan's past efforts include:

- Host to ARPA funding, "StormReady," GIS (Geographic Information Systems), land-use planning, and disaster workshops

-Develops long-range planning documents including the Regional Disaster Recovery Plan, comprehensive community plans (City of Plattsburg, 2010; Buchanan County, 2022), and land/water management plans (Indepenence-Sugar Watershed Plan, 2015)

Community Development and Grant Administration: 
Much of Mo-Kan’s efforts continue to focus on the preparation and management of member communities’ grant programs. Through regional partnership, community representatives can come together to tackle common obstacles and reach common goals. Mo-Kan provides grant writing services for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP),  and other funding sources to member communities.

Recent CDBG projects include:

  • The City of Savannah in partnership with North Central Missouri College was awarded CDBG funds in 2021 to convert a former car dealership into a career and technical training center for the area, which opened in January 2023.
  • The City of Cameron received CDBG funds for flood mitigation and street improvements, which were completed in 2021. 
  • The City of Clarksdale received CDBG funding for a water distribution system improvement project, as well as other additional USDA funding. This project was completed in 2021.
  • Community Action Partnership (CAP) received $500,000 in CDBG funds to renovate an existing building to serve as a Head Start facility in the City of Cameron, Mo, which opened in late 2019.
  • The Savannah School District received $1,000,000 in CDBG funding to construct an Early Childhood Education Facility that opened in 2018. 
  • Sidewalk improvements for City of Atchison, KS (2017)
  • Exterior improvements at DeKalb County’s Nutrition Center (2017).
  • Street improvements in City of Stewartsville (2014).