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The Kansas City Missouri Fire Department ( KCFD ) provides to the City's residents:

  • Fire protection
  • Emergency medical services
  • Emergency rescue
  • Hazardous material response

Fire Chief, Donna Maize, leads the Kansas City Fire Department consisting of 34 fire stations which are organized into seven battalions. The uniformed portion of the department is segmented into six bureaus each which is managed by a Deputy Chief.

  • Community Services
  • Professional Development
  • Technical Services
  • Special Operations
  • Emergency Operations
  • Emergency Medical Bureau

KCFD is actively involved in efforts to prepare the community for natural and man-made disasters. The department is a key player in the Mid-America Regional Council's Homeland Security Coordinating Committee. This multi-disciplinary group coordinates policy development, planning, training and equipment for the metro area's Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), which is funded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The hallmark of the Department is the labor/management partnership program that exists among Fire Administration and Locals 42 and 3808 of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). Local 42 represents the rank and file personnel of the department while Local 3808 represents the battalion chiefs, EMS division chiefs, EMS majors and middle management personnel of the organization. This partnership is designed to include the labor force as a participant in every significant decision within the department concerning policies and programs.

The Department stands committed to deliver their very best with each opportunity to serve.

iven the weakened economy and the competitive nature of today's economic development environment, there is a clear need to fully assess Kansas City's challenges and opportunities. The City is producing a holistic strategy that aligns and unifies its efforts with those under way at the Kansas City Area Development Council, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and other partner organizations. This AdvanceKC strategy works to provide customized recommendations for future public policy and establish an appropriate plan for decisions about capital investments, job creation, economic sustainability and local partnerships.

The key components to the project include:

Competitive Snapshot

In today's adverse economic climate, it is important that City officials and stakeholders have an honest appraisal of current trends affecting the City of Kansas City's local economy. The Competitive Snapshot takes a detailed look at a diverse array of indicators that impact Kansas City's economic competitiveness and compares these trends to three benchmark communities – Indianapolis, Oklahoma City and Charlotte – the state of Missouri and the nation. While the project is focused solely on the City, the snapshot looks at regional trends to gain a broader perspective of the complex components factoring into the City's competitiveness. To supplement the statistical data from local, state and national agencies, the Competitive Snapshot also includes public input through focus groups, interviews and an online community survey to give local context and better inform the AdvanceKC Economic Development Strategic Plan.

AdvanceKC Economic Development Strategic Plan

The AdvanceKC strategy represents the culmination of all the quantitative and qualitative research to date through the development of detailed action items geared toward addressing challenges and capitalizing on opportunities for a visionary future. The Strategic Plan has been driven by community stakeholders guiding public, private and civic efforts and investment aimed at placing Kansas City's economy on surer footing. The plan supports innovative best practices that have been successfully implemented by communities from around the country. Where possible, the Strategic Plan incorporates the numerous planning research and efforts already underway in Kansas City. The Strategic Plan was adopted by the City Council in November 2012.

In addition to the Strategic Plan, AdvanceKC led to the creation of multiple new processes and guidelines:

May 2014- AdvanceKC Scorecard and AdvanceKC Scorecard Map

January 2014- AdvanceKC Economic Development and Incentives Policy

May 2016- Shared Success Fund and Incentive Cap Ordinance

Implementation Guidelines

A plan, no matter how visionary, is only valuable when it is implemented. The Implementation Guidelines represent a road map for City officials and its implementation partners to ensure the AdvanceKC plan is realized in a timely and effective manner. The Implementation Guidelines enable the City of Kansas City to secure early implementation victories and continue to build momentum toward creating positive change in the city.

Contact

For AdvanceKC questions or further information, please contact:

Kerrie Tyndall
Assistant City Manager
(816) 513-6539

Greg Flisram
Interim President & CEO of the EDC
(816) 691-2122

On June 4, 2015, Mayor Sly James and the City Council of Kansas City adopted the Energy Empowerment Ordinance to improve the city's management of resources by requiring owners of large buildings to benchmark and report their energy and water use.

Rules for the Ordinance provide supplementary details for compliance.

Mission

The goal is to help businesses and residents to save money on their utility bills and create local jobs in energy efficiency. This information will also help our local energy utilities and the City government target future financial and technical assistance.

Benchmarking Programs Across the US

Kansas City, Missouri is one of several municipalities with Energy Benchmarking programs. See the map below for information across the US.

The City is partnering with City Innovate to sponsor the Startup in Residence (“STIR”) Program that connects City departments with innovative technology startups for a 16-week voluntary in residence period to develop technology-based solutions that address challenges facing City government.

Kansas City established InnovateKC, formally known as the Innovation Partnership Program (IPP) in July 2013 through an Administrative Regulation (AR 3-27, 7/23/13) in order to engage the startup community in Kansas City and develop, test and demonstrate innovative solutions to city operational problems.

The STIR Program intends to bridge this gap by connecting public-sector agencies directly with technology entrepreneurs to seed product development that is specifically tailored to address public sector needs. With thousands of policy challenges, government has the potential to support a large ecosystem of best-of-breed technology solutions helping catalyze public sector innovation and technology.

The program is designed to be mostly remote, unless required by the department. The City does require startups to meet in person with the departmental heads, project managers, and other City partners at a minimum of two times during the residency: once in January for a scoping session and once towards the end of residency. Teams will decide when the additional in-person meetings will be in the Scope of Work.

The InnovateKC program does not offer financial compensation for startups testing their beta staged products and services in the City of Kansas City, Missouri or any of the participating authorities. A contract with the City could be potentially signed after the 16-week Residency.

The Residency finishes with a Demo day. Upon completion of the sixteen weeks, there is a presentation made, five-ten minutes from each business on what they learned from working with the City, how the technology or service improved a challenge for City Hall and other lessons learned. Mayor, City Manager, the selection committee, and the business community will be invited to attend.

About and Contact Law Department

The Law Department provides legal services to the Mayor, the City Council, the City Manager, boards, commissions and all of the departments of the City of Kansas City, Missouri. The City Attorney, Cecilia Abbott, is appointed by the City Manager to manage the legal affairs of the City. Under the direction of the City Attorney, the Law Department defends lawsuits against the City, prepares ordinances, contracts and other legal agreements for the City, provides legal advice on a multitude of issues, and prosecutes municipal ordinance violations. The Law Department operates through three general divisions: Corporate Legal Services; Litigation; and the City Prosecutor's Office.

Corporate Legal Services

The Corporate Legal Services Division attorneys provide advice to every department of the City on legal issues raised during daily operations or special projects. Non-litigation matters are the general responsibility of the Corporate Legal Services Division. Ordinances, contracts, and any other agreements to which the City may be a party will be drafted by these attorneys. They handle administrative hearings and court appeals arising from those administrative hearings. Corporate attorneys cover a wide variety of legal practice areas including:

  • Contracts
  • Real Estate
  • Housing
  • Election Issues
  • Regulated Industries
  • Utilities
  • Land Use
  • Tax
  • Civil Rights
  • Personnel
  • Labor
  • Aviation
  • Environmental
  • Utilities
  • Municipal Finance

Additionally, one unit within the Corporate Legal Services Division focuses on neighborhood legal issues. These attorneys provide legal advice on eliminating nuisance or blighted properties, working with HUD on affordable housing developments, and identifying houses for receivership.

City Prosecutor's Office

All City ordinance violations are prosecuted by the City Prosecutor's Office. The prosecutors investigate and prosecute thousands of municipal ordinance violations each year. The City Prosecutor's Office also handles all municipal court appeals, trains city employees who appear regularly in municipal court, and suggests changes to ordinances that are frequently prosecuted in municipal court.

There are two specialized units within the City Prosecutor's Office: Domestic Violence Prosecution and Neighborhood Prosecution (East Zone).

Internship Program

The Office of the City Attorney provides legal services to the Mayor, the City Council, City Manager, boards, commissions, and all other departments of the City. Interns may be placed in one of three general divisions to assist attorneys with cases, projects and other legal matters. Educational preference: completion of at least one year of law school; will also consider undergraduate students with interest in legal field. Skill preferences: at least one year of legal research and writing experiences; will also consider undergraduate candidates with varied skills and experiences.

Miscellaneous information about our interns:

Interns have come from law schools all over the country. Several of them have been hired as full-time attorneys. Intern positions are available for spring, summer and fall semesters. Interns with Rule 13 certification also have the opportunity to handle municipal court trials for the Prosecutor's Office.

If interested in applying, please contact the Law Department.

Contact

Contact the Law Department by phone – (816) 513-3142 – or by email . The address is City Hall, 23rd Floor, 414 E. 12th St., Kansas City, MO 64106.

City Manager Troy Schulte is the city's chief administrator. Under our council-manager form of government, the city manager is responsible for making city services run efficiently and economically.

The city manager serves and advises the mayor and City Council, appoints most department directors and prepares a proposed annual budget for council consideration. The manager also enforces municipal laws and ordinances and coordinates City operations and programs.

The City Manager's Office provides staff support services to the City Council and its committees and coordinates the development and analysis of policy recommendations presented to the mayor and City Council.

The City Manager's Office includes several offices that provide critical citywide services to our residents.

These offices each operate as a division within The City Manager's Office, with a specific budget, a manager who reports to the City Manager, and its own mission, vision, goals, objectives, and performance measures:

The City Manager's Office also houses the Internal Auditor's office and handles special projects such as city coordination of large events like a World Series celebration.

 

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