The cities of Independence and Lee's Summit have been recognized as Communities for All Ages, a recognition program developed by the First Suburbs Coalition and KC Communities for All Ages that are convened by the Mid-America Regional Council.

Both cities received silver and gold level designations and were recognized at the First Suburbs Coalition meeting Jan. 18. North Kansas City and Peculiar received Bronze level recognition.

The Bronze level recognizes heightened awareness of the issues and requires a resolution or commitment by the city’s elected body, along with community presentations and public engagement. The Silver level adds the completion of an assessment process and requires the community to appoint a citizen-based committee to assess related city activities and investments. The Gold level recognizes communities that formally adopt a Communities for All Ages plan based on the assessment completed at the Silver level.

“This program has allowed our community to start a conversation about the changing demographics of the region,” Independence mayor Eileen Weir said in a release. “We are committed to shaping a community that is accessible to all of our residents and the steps we take under this program will help guide us toward that future.”