Marla Duck has been named the new executive director of the Martin City Community Improvement District.
The Martin City CID is a business district in South Kansas City that encompasses over 300 acres. More than 80 businesses are located within its boundaries.
The executive director is the liaison between CID members and the City of Kansas City, Mo., and Jackson County on all Martin City infrastructure design and construction needs. Duck will also facilitate monthly board meetings and district events.
Previously, Duck was the donor development administrator at Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy. She has also helped with assisted with fundraising and event planning for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Kansas City Chorale, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Medical Missions Foundation, and AT&T. She was named Woman of the Year for the KC Autism Center in 2011 for achievement in fundraising and was recognized as a top fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis Heart of America Chapter for five years in a row.
Duck replaces Missy Wilson, who became the economic development administrator for the City of Raytown.
Duck plans to continue focusing on CID initiatives such as completing construction along 135th Street to Hwy. 150. She will plans to aggressively recruit prospective new businesses and developers to invest in Martin City.
“My goal is to continue improvements to livability, beautification, publicity and tourism to this incredible neighborhood,” said Duck. “I look forward to working with and receiving input from the businesses and community that are part of Martin City.”