“If you want to create an alternative future, you have to change the way people speak and listen to each other. You can’t legislate consent or demand accountability. It doesn’t work. So you have to engage people in ways that encourage them to choose accountability,” says Peter Block, internationally known author and expert on what it takes to build community.

We invite you to join us for MARC’s 17th Annual Regional Assembly and Regional Leadership awards on Friday, June 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Crown Center. Peter Block will deliver the keynote address during the regional assembly.

We will also recognize four Regional Leadership Award honorees:

  • Todd Ackerson, Rescue Division Chief, Kansas City, Mo., Fire Department. Todd will be honored for his leadership in preparing, equipping and training specialty response teams that stand ready to respond to emergencies across the region and beyond.
  • Mike Burke and Ray Daniels, co-chairs of the Mayors’ Bistate Innovations Team and KC Digital Drive Advisory Council. Mike and Ray have led the way in helping our region determine how to best take advantage of the unique opportunity brought to Kansas City with Google’s first high-speed fiber network.
  • CASA of Jackson County and CASA of Johnson and Wyandotte Counties. These two organizations will be recognized for their innovative collaboration that crosses state lines to improve service to abused and neglected      children in the region.
  • Eric Rogers, executive director of BikeWalkKC. Eric will be honored for his leadership in making the Kansas City region more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly.

To register, visit www.marc.org/annualmeeting.htm or call 816/701-8234. The cost is $45 for individual registrations and $425 for a table of 10, including lunch and parking validation.

We hope to see you at the event. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 816/474-4240 or marcinfo@marc.org.