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MARC director David Warm named 2020 Kansas Citian of the Year

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Posted at 5:03 PM, Nov 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-24 18:03:08-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce has named David Warm, executive director of the Mid-America Regional Council, as its 2020 “Kansas Citian of the Year.”

Warm, who has led MARC for 30 years, was honored at the Chamber’s annual dinner on Tuesday, a virtual event centered on the theme “Unstoppable KC.”

“I’ve worked with David for many years,” Chamber CEO and President Joe Reardon said in a news release ahead of the event. “He’s someone who works quietly and effectively, eschewing the spotlight and letting the work speak for itself. By naming him Kansas Citian of the Year, we’re shining that spotlight firmly on him and the long-term, positive impact he’s had on our region.”

MARC, which acts as the council of governments for the nine-county Kansas City region, spearheads initiatives and services related to transportation, environmental protection, emergency management, aging and community services, early education and workforce development.

In addition to his leadership role at MARC, Warm serves on the board of several area nonprofits and the Hall Family Foundation. He’s also a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

In 2015, he won a National Public Service Award from the American Society for Public Administration and the National Academy of Public Administration.

Alvin Brooks, a former police officer and advocate who held the title of Kansas Citian of the Year in 2019, presented the award to Warm on Tuesday.

“Our honoree can best be described as a ‘servant leader’ — a man who has worked tirelessly for the benefit of our region,” Brooks said in the news release.

Warm previously served as the city administrator in Liberty and in administrative positions within the city of Kansas City, Missouri.

He received his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara and earned a master's degree in public administration from the University of California, Riverside.

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