IBTS and the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Teaming to Provide Local Government Solutions

By January 29, 2014

January 29, 2014 – Ashburn, VA:

IBTS to provide services to jurisdictions on an as-needed basis.  The Town of Wood Heights, MO and the City of Edwardsville, KS select IBTS to provide services.

The Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) has partnered with the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) to offer a suite of services on an as-needed basis to MARC’s nine member counties and 119 member cities as well as other non-member jurisdictions.

MARC signed a master agreement with IBTS in November of 2013, allowing interested jurisdictions to choose the services they wish to receive in an a la carte manner.  This flexibility allows IBTS to assist jurisdictions with a range of needs, from augmentation to providing the full building department function.  Services offered under this agreement include Building Department Services, Flood Plain Management, Storm Water Services, Property Maintenance, Accessibility Reviews, Fire Reviews, Energy, FIT® Software, Planning and Zoning services, and Code enforcement.

Permits for individual cities will be available at their respective City Hall, as well as online.  IBTS will provide the necessary plan reviews, inspections, and permit process in full coordination with local elected officials on structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing aspects of the construction.  Although the reviews/inspections will be provided by IBTS, each locality will maintain full authority to issue or deny all permits and Certificates of Occupancy as a measure to verify and monitor all development in the city.

MARC provides a forum for the Kansas City region to work together to advance social, economic and environmental progress.  “We are very pleased to be part of an innovative regional effort with such a renowned regional council,” says Robert Burns, Director of Local Government Services at IBTS, “and we look forward to supporting MARC in their mission to build a stronger regional community by addressing challenges and opportunities that define the economic, social, and environmental progress of the region, and by assisting local governments through support services and coordinated initiatives.”

“While many of our larger cities and counties have the capacity to handle these services in house, this program will provide a cost-effective option for those that need additional support,” said Georgia Nesselrode, MARC’s Director of Local Government Services.  “Local governments are all looking for ways to operate more efficiently and save money while still offering quality services, and the IBTS agreement will give them additional options that they might not be able to provide on their own.”

Several jurisdictions within MARC have shown an interest in IBTS’s services, but the Town of Wood Heights, MO and the City of Edwardsville, KS are the first to engage IBTS.

For more information about the services being offered, please visit www.ibts.org/marc.

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About IBTS:
IBTS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to helping communities through quality services that reduce risk, enhance public safety, and improve quality of life.  IBTS is headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia with branch offices across the country.  IBTS’s work is guided by a Board of Directors made up of government officials appointed by five of the most highly respected, grassroots, state and local governmental associations. The board appointing organizations include the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center), the Council of State Governments (CSG), the National Association of Counties (NACo), the National League of Cities (NLC), and International City/County Management Association (ICMA).