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.


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

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 PDF document. 

2014-2019 CEDS

You may also view the document at Issuu.

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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

Audit Services

Request for Proposal for Auditing Services

Mo-Kan Regional Council and Mo-Kan Development Inc are accepting proposals for Auditing services for fiscal years ending 2016, 2017, and 2018. For additional information contact Gary Miller at Mo-Kan reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids. Mo-Kan is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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.  The plan can also be viewed at Issuu.

Rural Broadband

The St. Joseph News-Press released a story last week on how rural broadband efforts have reached a standstill. A few excerpts follow, but click on the link to read the entire article.

Alan Doan from Missouri Star Quilt Co. has chosen to spend company funds to assure broadband access. The $1,400 to $1,500 used monthly means Internet data speeds of 50MB per second is available at the warehouse in Hamilton, Mo.

"We did it," said Alan Doan, the business's co-owner. "It's in existence. We're just spending an arm and a leg to have it."

DSL that Missouri Star Quilt had been using kept going out, according to Mr. Doan.

"Running a small business in a small town is very hard," he added.

Mo-Kan Regional Council is attempting to extend broadband's reach to all areas. "Our biggest reason is we see a demand for rural broadband," said Tom Bliss, its executive director.

Many communities still struggle to obtain quality broadband, Mr. Bliss said. "We think it's important from an economic development standpoint to level the playing field with large communities," he added.