August 31, 2015 – The Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission’s Board of Directors Executive Committee held its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, August 26, at the RPC office located in Ashland. The meeting was chaired by Gary Jungermann, Callaway County Presiding Commissioner and RPC Chair.
The Committee meeting began with an announcement of officers elected for the upcoming fiscal year. Gary Jungermann, Callaway County Presiding Commissioner, Chairman, Kris Scheperle, Cole County Commissioner, Vice-Chairman; Josh Hawkins, City Administrator Ashland, Secretary; and Tim Grenke, Mayor of Centralia, Treasurer. Other officers include: Les Hudson, City of Fulton-Personnel Chair, and Dan Atwill, Boone County Presiding Commissioner-Past-Chair.
August 25, 2015 – On August 18th, State Technical College of Missouri (STC) hosted Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission’s Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) and members of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission for a tour of the STC facilities in Linn.
State Technical College of Missouri (STC), founded in 1961, is Missouri’s only two-year public technical college with a statewide mission. The school’s mission places an emphasis on preparing students for profitable employment after they graduate.
STC offers more than 35 technical programs at the associate of applied science degree and certificate level. STC also offers customized and contract training to Missouri business and industry. STC programs place a heavy emphasis on hand-on experience. This ensures the development of functional troubleshooting skills. Also emphasized are teamwork, interpersonal skills and work ethic.
August 19, 2015 – The Missouri Department of Economic Development is now accepting applications for low-interest energy improvement loans to public schools, public/private colleges and universities, local governments, public water and wastewater treatment facilities, and public/private not-for-profit hospitals. In total, the Department is making $7.5 million available for these entities to complete energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects throughout the State of Missouri.
The department’s Division of Energy is accepting loan applications from September 1 through November 30, 2015 for projects costing between $10,000 and $1 million. Loan applications will be evaluated on a competitive basis. If money remains after applications have been reviewed and prioritized, consideration will be given to loans in excess of $1 million.
For more information about the Energy Loan Program or to apply, please visit energyloan.mo.gov or call toll-free 855-522-2796.
August 12, 2015 – The City of St. Martins held a ribbon-cutting for the new recreational trail at the city’s Niekamp Park this morning; the 1/3 mile trail around the perimeter of the park provides a safe place for walking, biking, and rolling within the city. The trail project also included a complete upgrade of the park restrooms to meet ADA (American with Disabilities Act) standards, installation of a new water fountain, and installation of benches at five rest areas along the trail.
The project was funded in part with a grant from the Recreational Trails Program, a program of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) which is administered by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The Mid-MO RPC assisted the project by conducting the required environmental review. The project was enthusiastically supported with both donations and volunteer time by a wide range of individuals, businesses, and organizations in the city and surrounding area.
The total project cost was around $100,000; the Recreational Trails Grant financed 69% of the cost and the City provided 31% in local match.
The Economic Development Advisory Committee will be meeting on Tuesday, August 18th outside of the six-county Mid-MO RPC Region. Meramec Regional Planning Commission will be hosting us in Linn, MO for a tour of State Technical College of Missouri (State Tech).
Leading the tour will be State Tech President Dr. Donald Claycomb. After the tour we will have a short meeting. Lunch will be on your own after the meeting. The RPC will provide a list of local restaurants to those attending.
Space on the tour may be limited, so please RSVP to David Bock if you would like to reserve a spot on the tour.
September 7, 2015 – The Mid-MO RPC office will be closed for Labor Day.