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Homeland security with a regional flavor

The Kansas City, Mo., Regional Homeland Security Coordinating Committee lives up to the regional part of its name. It covers two states, eight counties, more than 1.9 million people and even brings Washington, D.C., into the picture because critical parts of the federal infrastructure are housed there. Local officials created the committee in 2002 because they needed a way to keep up with the influx of funding from the Homeland Security Department, said Richard Noll, assistant city manager for Kansas City and co-chairman of the committee. None of the entities had capabilities for dispersing the money, and they recognized that they could easily duplicate funding for programs. “Essentially, we had to try to keep our municipal egos in check,” he said. Full Story

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