Government groups work across state lines in Kansas City
Kansas City, Mo. The four largest government units in the Kansas City metropolitan area are working together to address issues impacting the region on both sides of the Kansas/Missouri state line.
The group, called Core4, comprises the two Kansas City governments as well as Jackson County, Missouri and Johnson County, Kansas, which are home to about 80 percent of the region's population.
The Kansas City Star reports that in the last couple of years, Core4 has upstaged the area's long-established policy agency called Mid-America Regional Council, or MARC.
The Core4 members work independently and still work with MARC, which has more than 100 other members from other communities.
But the four top administrators meet regularly for lunch and dozens of top managers in city halls and county buildings regularly work on solving problems.