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February 2018
Don't Miss These Dates!

March 2, 2018: MML Innovation Award Entry Deadline
April 8-14, 2018: Missouri Local Government Week
April 10, 2018: 4th Annual Partners in Governance Conference

April 28, 2018: NEW! MML Pop-up Training


SUPREME COURT TO RULE ON INTERNET SALES TAX COLLECTION ... In a move that could bring sweeping changes to the online commerce sector, the Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether states may require out-of-state retailers to collect sales tax. In Quill Corp. v. North Dakota (1992), the Supreme Court held that states cannot require retailers with no in-state physical presence to collect sales tax. South Dakota asks the Supreme Court to overturn Quill in South Dakota v. Wayfair. In March 2015 Justice Kennedy wrote a concurring opinion stating that the “legal system should find an appropriate case for this Court to reexamine Quill.”  The National League of Cities has joined in support of Amicus Brief on the case.  Learn more.

MML WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBER … The Missouri Municipal League welcomes Mayor Pro Tem Rob Binney, Lee’s Summit, as a member of the MML Board of Directors. Mayor Pro Tem Binney was appointed at the November 2017 MML Board meeting. Binney has served on the Lee’s Summit City Council since 2012.  He was elected Mayor Pro Tem by the Council in 2016 and is currently serving his second term in that role.  He was re-elected to a Council seat for District 1 in 2016.  Rob grew up in South Kansas City and has been a Lee’s Summit resident for almost 20 years. He serves as the chairman of the MML Finance and Taxation policy committee and on the MML Resolutions Committee.

2018 MML INNOVATION AWARDS: NEW TIMELINE! … MML is pleased to announce an exciting change for this year’s Innovation Awards. We are moving up the timeline in order to announce winners in the spring, coinciding with Missouri’s Local Government Week April 8-14, 2018. Local Government Week offers a wonderful opportunity to highlight the great projects in your cities! Winners will still be honored at the 2018 Annual Conference in Branson in September 2018.

The submission period opened Dec. 1, 2017, and will close March, 2, 2018. Projects completed during 2017 are eligible, including applicants from the 2017 awards that did not win in September 2017. To learn more about the MML Innovation Awards and submit your entry, visit the League website.

2018 MML CALL FOR PROPOSALS … MML is planning for the MML Annual Conference in Branson Sept. 16-19, 2018. The call for speaking proposals is live on the League website and MML will collect your presentation proposals until March 1, 2018. Learn more and submit your speaking proposal.

2018 MML WAGE AND SALARY SURVEY MML’s annual wage and salary survey has been emailed to human resource officers and city clerks in all MML member cities.  Results from this year’s survey will be available in March.  Please provide your staff with time to complete the survey.  This year’s survey has been expanded to include more than 50 positions. 

MML DIRECTORY … To keep the MML Directory up to date, we need your help! Be sure to send all elected official and municipal staff changes to Lori Noe at the League office by emailing or calling (573) 635-9134.

MML MOBILE APP … The Missouri Municipal League is excited to offer a mobile app for MML events, news and information for Missouri's local government officials. Sponsored by Hamilton and Weber, LLC, users may check schedules, speaker information, attendee messages and more for each MML Conference. In addition, find information on MML webinars, the Municipal Governance Institute, social media and more! Download the app today by searching “Missouri Municipal League” in your app store!
MISSOURI GFOA EXCELLENCE IN GOVERNMENT AWARD… The Missouri Government Finance Officers’ Association will receive written nominations for the Missouri GFOA Excellence in Government Award until April 1, 2018. Award guidelines are available on  A committee will use the criteria on the application in making the selection of the recipient.  The award winner will be formally recognized at the Missouri GFOA Monday evening event on May 7, 2018, at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel during the National GFOA Conference. In 2012, Missouri GFOA created the Excellence in Government Award. This award is presented to the Government Finance Professional in the State of Missouri who displays the high standard of leadership, professionalism, ethics and integrity promoted by the Missouri Government Finance Officers’ Association.


MML REGIONAL MEETINGS … Learn more and register for a regional meeting today!  

  • MML Northwest Region will meet in Cameron on April 12, 2018.
  • MML Southeast Region will meet in Farmington on April 19, 2018.
  • MML Central Region will meet in Higginsville May 23, 2018
  • MML West Gate will meet May 24, 2018 (location to be determined.)
MML POP-UP TRAINING FOR MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS, APRIL 28, 2018 … Plan to join MML for a NEW training opportunity in El Dorado Springs, Missouri, on April 28, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This training provides elected and appointed officials with the basics in a number of important areas municipal officials regularly face. From the Sunshine Law to budgets, to ethics and parliamentary procedure, this day-long Saturday training will assist municipal leaders who have busy weekday schedules or those with limited budgets. This opportunity is open to all municipal leaders at a cost of $35 and will offer four credits towards the Missouri Governance Institute. Registration opens soon, so check your email or the MML website.

MML WEBINARS … A great lineup of MML Webinars is planned for 2018! Check out what’s coming up. Register for upcoming webinars and check out the pre-recorded webinars at
  • Feb. 20: Municipal Risk and Claims Realities, presented by Patrick Bonnot, MIRMA
  • March 6: Sunshine Law: What You Need to Know About Missouri’s Open Meetings and Records Laws, presenter to be determined
  • March 22: Building Inclusion by Ending Workplace Bullying, presented by Catherine Mattice, International speaker, author, consultant and trainer

GFOA WINTER WORKSHOP … The Government Finance Officers Association of Missouri will hold its Winter Seminar Feb. 28, 2018 at Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center in Columbia, Missouri.  Topics include using technology in municipal finance, employment law, internal control updates, retention policies, and implementation of Mo-DOR’s new sales tax collection system.  Immediately following the conference, GFOA-Mo is sponsoring a CPFO retirement and benefits, risk management and procurement training session.  More information on both events can be found on the GFOA-Mo website:

LOCAL SUSTAINABLE STRATEGIES WEBINAR … You are invited to join a new group of local government officials from across the country and learn about First & Main: A Blueprint for Prosperity in America's Local Communities in a strategy and planning webinar for communities and local officials on March 1st at 3:00pm EST. Presented by Smart Growth America, local officials can learn more and register for free at

NLC CONGRESSIONAL CITY CONFERENCE … The National League of Cities Congressional City Conference is March 11-14, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Learn more.

MOCCFOA SPRING INSTITUTE … The Missouri City Clerks and Finance Officers Association will hold a Spring Institute March 11-15, 2018, in Columbia at the Holiday Inn Executive Center. Learn more and register.

MAIN STREET NOW … Missouri Main Street Connection is co-hosting the 2018 Main Street Now Conference in Kansas City, March 26-28, 2018. The Conference is the largest gathering of preservation-based economic development and community revitalization professionals looking for real solutions to common problems in downtown and commercial district revitalization. Learn more.

SMART CITIES CONNECT CONFERENCE & EXPO … The 2018 Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo, co-located with the US Ignite Application Summit, convenes more than 400 global city leaders representing 250 cities and communities to advance citizen engagement, improve citizen life and partner with innovative technology and service providers. The Smart Cities Connect Conference takes place March 26-29, 2018, in Kansas City, Missouri. Learn more and register.

MISSOURI LOCAL GOVERNMENT WEEK … Plan to highlight your city this year during Missouri’s Local Government Week! The week has been moved up a bit on the calendar from previous years, to April 8-14, 2018. This coincides with the 4th Annual Partners in Governance Conference on April 10 in Columbia. Watch for updated resources on how you can highlight the great work happening in your city!

PARTNERS IN GOVERNANCE CONFERENCE … Join fellow local government leaders from Missouri cities, counties, and school boards, as well as public policy students, at the 4th annual Partners in Governance Conference. This one-day conference will be April 10, 2018, in Columbia, Missouri. Several panel discussions will focus on finding the right balance in social media, finances, perspectives, leadership and more! Learn more and register today.

NATIONAL GFOA ANNUAL CONFERENCE … The National Government Finance Officers Association will hold its 112th Annual Conference May 6-9, 2018, in St. Louis, Missouri. The conference features opportunities for sharing ideas, sharpening skills, discovering new tools and technologies, and networking with peers from across North America and around the world. Learn more.
REGISTER NOW FOR THE MML ELECTED OFFICIALS TRAINING CONFERENCE … Registration is open for MML’s annual Elected Official Training Conference June 7-8, 2018, in Columbia, Missouri. This C onference provides a nuts and bolts review of the myriad of important issues municipal officials face on a regular basis, from Sunshine Law to budgets, public official liability and conflicts of interest to leadership and more! While the Conference focuses on providing the knowledge base newly elected municipal leaders need to effectively govern, the changes that continually occur in the municipal arena make this a Conference that all officials should attend. Learn more and register.


The Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Program provides grants to promote the planning and development of healthcare networks in order to achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential healthcare services; and strengthen the rural healthcare system as a whole.
The major focus of the Network Planning Grant is to support multiple (at least 3) rural healthcare entities that have not previously collaborated in a formal manner, but want to work together and form a healthcare network. The grant program supports one year of planning to develop and assist healthcare networks in becoming operational. Learn more.

The FY2018 Supplemental Energy Loan Cycle is now open.  Missouri's energy loan program is making available approximately $5 million in loan financing for qualified projects that invest in energy efficiency and renewable projects. Loan applications are being accepted until March 30, 2018. Loan amounts vary from $10,000 to $1 million and are repaid by energy savings with a maximum repayment term of 10 years including principle and interest. For further assistance, please contact the Energy Loan Program at 855-522-2796. Learn more.

The Division of Energy provides loans to public schools (K-12), public/private colleges and universities, local governments including public owned airport facilities (municipal, county, regional, and international), public water/wastewater treatment facilities, and public/private not-for-profit hospitals to help reduce energy costs through the Energy Loan Program. This loan financing may be used for various energy-saving investments, including projects such as upgrading insulation, lighting systems, heating and cooling systems, windows and other items that affect your energy use. Learn more.

ROADMAPS TO HEALTH COACHING … Application dates ongoing
Sponsored by the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this program offers guidance and support from a community coach for communities who want to improve the health of their populations and work toward building a culture of health. Learn more.

Missouri Main Street Connection (MMSC) offers three matching grant programs providing up to 75 percent of the costs — Affiliate Grant, People Energizing Places, and Strategic Teams Engaging Places. These grant programs provide the tools and resources for downtown revitalization to Missouri communities. Contact the MMSC office at 417-334-3014 or email Keith Winge for more information.


The city of Kirkwood held a 10-year remembrance ceremony Feb. 7, 2018, to remember the lives lost during the tragic shootings at Kirkwood City Hall on that date in 2008. The program included a Color Guard, music, lighting of candles and a procession toward the Memorial Walkway.

On the evening of Feb. 7, Charles “Cookie” Thornton, a Kirkwood resident with long-standing grievances against city officials, killed six people and wounded a reporter at the City Council meeting. The casualties included two council
members, the public works director, two police officers, and the mayor, who died seven months later.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the City and the community of Kirkwood at this solemn time of remembrance.

CERTIFIED MUNICIPAL CLERK … Congratulations to Renee Kingston, Camdenton City Clerk, on receiving the Certified Municipal Clerk designation from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks! The CMC designation is for clerks who have a record of significant contributions to their local government, community and state.
OUTSIDE MAGAZINE NAMES KANSAS CITY ONE OF THE TOP 25 BEST TOWNS Outside Magazine recently recognized the city of Kansas City, Missouri, as one of the Top 25 Best Towns of 2017. The magazine noted Kansas City has the best mix of barbecue and biking. Other cities that made the list include Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Maine. The special advisory council that nominated the cities wrote that Kansas City may be the "most livable city in the country."

APA RECOGNIZES MISSOURI CITIES The Missouri Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) awarded the following Missouri communities with a 2018 APA Great Places in Missouri award: Downtown Parkville, Missouri; Historic C-Street, Springfield; The Grove, St. Louis; and Grand-Bates Neighborhood, St. Louis. The Great Places in Missouri program was started in 2014 to recognize neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces throughout Missouri that demonstrate exceptional character, quality and planning attributes that enrich communities, facilitate economic growth, and inspire residents and visitors alike. The Missouri Chapter of APA presented the award at the Missouri Planners' Day at the Missouri State Capitol on Jan. 31, 2018. Learn more.

AREA CITIES WELL REPRESENTED IN BLOOMBERG'S WHAT WORKS CITIES PROGRAM The What Works Cities program recently reached its 100-city goal. The cities of Kansas City and Independence, Missouri, are taking part in this initiative. The cities are focusing on improving data-driven management practices and addressing agency performance challenges. Kansas City, Missouri, was one of the initial eight cities selected in 2015 and was recently recognized for the excellent way it uses data to drive decision-making.


BUSINESS COUNCIL AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING TRAINING VIDEOS … Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley released anti-trafficking training videos in January 2018, a key component of the Business Council Against Human Trafficking. The videos are available for viewing by employees and members of the council, as well as members of the public. The League has joined the Business Council’s primary focus of increasing the availability of training about human trafficking. By educating employees, the Council is empowering Missouri citizens in all types of professions to monitor and respond if they identify a potential trafficking situation. Membership is open to all Missouri businesses, regardless of size. The training is available online in two formats: a four-part series of short videos or a single 30-minute video. Learn more.

NATIONAL SERVICE RECOGNITION DAY … On National Service Recognition Day, thousands of local leaders across the country take time to honor AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers by participating in recognition events, issuing official proclamations, and taking to social media in a nationwide show of appreciation. The 6th annual National Service Recognition Day will take place on Tuesday, April 3, 2018.

This initiative is led by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties, and Cities of Service. Mayors and city leaders, county officials, and tribal leaders across the country are using national service more and more to solve their community’s toughest challenges. CNCS, America’s leader in volunteering and service efforts, engages more than 325,000 AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers in national service at more than 50,000 locations each year. Through partnerships with schools, faith-based groups, non-profits, and local agencies, national service members are embedded within the communities they serve, using their ingenuity and training to make a tangible, lasting impact. To register or learn more, visit

MML Innovation Awards
Submit Your Entry by March 2, 2018!

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