Leveraging Funding Opportunities to Support Master Planning

APA Missouri Chapter


Monday, April 22, 2019
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. CDT

Kansas City, MO, United States

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The Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), the metropolitan planning organization for the Kansas City region, provides funding opportunities for projects across the region. Two recent grantees will discuss how they have utilized these funding opportunities to advance Master Planning visions within their respective communities. Sara Copeland, AICP will discuss her experience leveraging funding to advance planning initiatives in North Kansas City, Missouri while Michael Carmona will discuss how organizations such as the Hispanic Economic Development Council have collaborated with planning partners to benefit from available funding.


Attendees at this program will:

(1)  Understand how Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) funding has been used across the Kansas City region for master plan development and economic development;

(2)  Discuss the strategy behind funding applications and how to navigate MPO requirements after selection;

(3)  Explore eligible types of projects and funding opportunities to help fulfill planning visions and enhance communities; and

(4)  Gain skills to write and submit funding applications in the future.


Sara Copeland, AICP

Sara Copeland is the Community Development Director for the City of North Kansas City, Missouri where she manages long-range planning and redevelopment. Her professional focus on plan implementation has resulted in ordinance amendments, development projects, and millions of dollars in infrastructure construction. Sara’s past projects include North Kansas City ... Read More

Michael Carmona

Michael Carmona is the Director of Community & Business Development for the Hispanic Economic Development Corporation in Kansas City, Missouri. Michael is an experienced community developer with a demonstrated history of working in the public relations and communications industry. He is skilled in nonprofit organizations, business planning, international business, team building ... Read More

Contact Info

Deanne Winkelmann AICP, dnwinkelmann@transystems.com