July 6, 2016 – We are happy to announce that Beau Derque has joined the Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission staff as a Geographic Information System Specialist and Regional Planner.
Beau worked for Central District at the Missouri Department of Transportation for four years as a GIS Specialist. He grew up in Jefferson City, Missouri, where he graduated with honors from Lincoln University in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in English.
June 24, 2016 – The Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission’s Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, June 22, at the RPC office located in Ashland. The meeting was chaired by Gary Jungermann, Callaway County Presiding Commissioner and RPC Chair.
Meeting highlights included the approval of the FY17 work program and accompanying budget. The work program for the upcoming year includes hazard mitigation plan updates for Cooper, Howard, Moniteau, and Callaway counties, the Centralia Comprehensive Plan update, and continued technical assistance on economic development, transportation, and planning issues. The budget for the upcoming year projects the total revenue of $811,336, which includes estimated pass-thru funds of $407,000. Budget expenses reflected a 3% salary pool increase for existing staff. The Board also approved a staffing level of 6 full-time employees for the fiscal year.
June 24, 2016—Kristie Davis of the MO Division of Workforce Development spoke to EDAC this week at the Columbia Regional Airport. Ms. Davis discussed how the state’s new approach to workforce development is more focused on building partnerships with employers within target industries. The plan is to bring government, education, training, economic development, labor and community organizers together to focus on the workforce needs of the target industries within regional labor markets. This approach will better ensure that employer’s needs are being met and that individuals are receiving training that will make them more employable in today’s labor market.
Mid-MO RPC Executive Director Ed Siegmund, updated the group on the activities completed over the past fiscal year as part of the EDA work program. Highlights included updating the region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, and assisting with more than 30 community and economic development projects in the region. This included 12 grant applications, 8 environmental reports and administrative support for 6 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) projects.
Mid-MO RPC Community & Economic Development Planner David Bock presented to the group the draft Executive Summary for the region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The summary includes a breakdown of the region’s economic base; regional strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges; a cluster analysis of target industries; and regional economic development goals, objectives and strategies.
EDAC will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 9:00 am. Location to be determined. If you have an interest in economic development issues and would like to start attending EDAC meetings, please contact David Bock at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) held its bi-monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 25th at the Southern Boone Library in Ashland. Kenneth Kunze, Moniteau County Presiding Commissioner and TAC Chair, facilitated the meeting.
Meeting highlights included MoDOT Central District Planning Manager, Steve Engelbrecht reporting that an improved funding situation has allowed the Missouri Department of Transportation to increase its ability to take of care of its existing transportation system. The increased state revenues, predictable federal funding as a result of Congress’ passage of the FAST Act in December 2015, has resulted in more funding available.
May 27, 2016 – Representatives of the Mid-MO RPC Executive Committee including Gary Jungermann, Mid-MO RPC Chairman, Vice-Chair Kris Scheperle, Secretary Sam Stroupe, and Personnel Chair Les Hudson met on Wednesday, May 25th to review the FY17 draft budget with RPC Director Ed Siegmund and Fiscal Officer Lee Ann Jestis.
Siegmund reviewed the anticipated staff work program for the upcoming year, which includes providing technical assistance for the update of the Centralia Comprehensive Plan, grant administration for CDBG projects in Holts Summit and St. Thomas, and pending funding approval projects in Armstrong, Bunceton, and Russellville; and the update of hazard mitigation plans for Callaway, Cooper, Howard, and Moniteau counties. He indicated that staff will continue its partnerships with the Economic Development Administration, Missouri Department of Transportation, and SEMA- Division of Homeland Security.
September 5, 2016 – The Mid-MO RPC office will be closed for Labor Day.