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.

Mo-Kan E-Newsletter

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Mo-Kan offers a free quarterly newsletter to keep you up to date on the happenings in the region. If you would like to subscribe, please send an email to with "E-Newsletter" as the subject line. The most recent Mo-Kan E-Newsletters can always be found on the homepage. Click on Transportation Planning to view Mo-Kan’s bi-annual Transportation E-newsletter.

2013 NADO Innovation Award

Mo-Kan Regional Council received a 2013 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation for the Better Block St. Joe project. Mo-Kan accepted the award at NADO’s 2013 Annual Training Conference, held August 24 - 27 in San Francisco, California. Click here to read more about the award and the Better Block St. Joe project. 

CEDS Survey

Mo-Kan Regional Council is required by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to facilitate the completion of a regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).

In order to update the CEDS Workplan, we need your input.  Please fill out this brief survey about your community:

CEDS Community Survey  

(External link to Survey Monkey)

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2014 CDBG Application Workshops scheduled

  • The Missouri CDBG program will hold four training sessions in January 2014 to teach participants how to complete the FY2014 CDBG application. Read more here.

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.

Atchison Bridge Demolition

  • Demolition begins on the former Amelia Earhart Memorial Bridge spanning the Missouri River between Atchison, KS and Winthrop, MO. Read more and see video here.

Updated Outdoor Warning Siren Activation Guidelines now Available

  • The Outdoor Warning Siren (OWS) Working Group has published a updated set of guidelines for the activation and testing of sirens in the region. To learn more, click HERE.

Community Connect Grants Now Available

  • The Community-Oriented Connectivity Broadband Grant Program (Community Connect Grant Program) is designed to provide financial assistance to provide service at the Broadband Grant Speed in rural, economically-challenged communities where broadband service does not currently exist. Grant funds may be used to: (1) deploy service at the Broadband Grant Speed to critical community facilities, rural residents, and rural businesses, (2) construct, acquire, or expand a community center, and (3) equip a community center that provides free access to service at the Broadband Grant Speed to community residents for at least two years. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis for entities to serve all premises in eligible rural areas at the Broadband Grant Speed to ensure rural consumers enjoy the same quality and range of broadband services as are available in urban and suburban communities. Applications are due July 11. For more information, click here.

FY 2014 Blueprint for Safety Grants Now Available

  • Annual grant funds to improve safety on our Northwest Missouri roads will soon be available for regional transportation safety programs from the Northwest Region Coalition for Roadway Safety. This is the third year the funds have been available for interested applicants, to help reduce injuries and fatalities in Missouri’s northwest 20 counties. Applications are due July 1, 2013 and are available here.

2013 Downtown Commercial Rehab Program

  • The purpose of this new program is to foster the revitalization of downtown business districts by providing funds for the rehabilitation of privately owned commercial buildings. Rehabilitation will be limited to improvements of the exterior of buildings, abatement of asbestos-hazards, lead-based paint issues and the correction of code violations.The maximum grant award is $250,000. At least 25 percent of the project cost must come from private funds. Each application will be limited to one building. The project must qualify under the Slum & Blight national objective. The application deadline for the first round is February 1. The second round deadline is August 1. Read more here.

Kaboom! invites grant applications to open previously unavailable playgrounds

  • Kaboom grants of $15,000 and $30,000 are available to communities in the U.S. working with local government and school districts to reopen playgrounds and recreational facilities closed due to safety and upkeep concerns. Grant availability was posted Jan. 16, 2013, with a rolling deadline for applications. Read more here.

Census Bureau Resuming Population Estimates Challenge

  • The Bureau of the Census (Census Bureau) is resuming the Population Estimates Challenge Program to provide eligible governmental units the opportunity to file requests for the review of population estimates for 2011 and subsequent years. 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