On Friday, April 16, the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) honored Johnson County for becoming more age friendly.
Johnson County is the first county in the Kansas City region to receive Communities for All Ages (CFAA) recognition.
Presented Friday at the virtual First Suburbs Coalition meeting, the award bestows a Bronze Level award to Johnson County. Requirements include a resolution by the Board of County Commissioners to become a Community for All Ages and a public forum on aging.
The quest to receive the Bronze Level certification was spearheaded by the Department of Aging and Human Services.
Since the CFAA program started, 17 cities have received recognition at the Bronze, Silver or Gold level. Previous awards have gone to Gladstone, Grandview, Independence, Kearney, Lee’s Summit, Mission, North Kansas City, Raymore and Roeland Park (gold); Excelsior Springs and Liberty (silver); and Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Olathe, Parkville, Peculiar and Raytown (bronze).
The Communities for All Ages recognition program was developed in 2008 by the First Suburbs Coalition and KC Communities for All Ages — two groups convened by MARC to develop programs and tools to support first-tier suburbs, help communities respond to a rapid increase in the older adult population, and make communities more welcoming for all age groups. The program is available to all jurisdictions in the nine-county MARC region.