February 11, 2016 – Mid-MO RPC’s Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) will be touring Hubbell Power Systems in Centralia on Tuesday, February 16th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Hubbell is a major manufacturer and distributor of equipment for electrical distribution systems. Hubbell has made recent investments in new processes and automation within its facility that will be highlighted on the tour.
If you are interested in attending the Hubbell Power Systems tour, please contact David Bock at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 573-657-9779.
The Mid-MO RPC Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) met in Ashland to discuss funding changes brought about by the new FAST Act Transportation Bill. MoDOT’s Transportation Planning Specialist, Mike Henderson gave a brief presentation on the impact of the bill to the state and took questions attendees.
“The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act is five-year legislation to improve the nation’s surface transportation infrastructure, including our roads, bridges, transit systems and rail transportation network. The bill reforms and strengthens transportation programs, refocuses on national priorities, provides long-term certainty and more flexibility for states and local governments, streamlines project approval processes and maintains a strong commitment to safety. Congress passed the FAST Act and it was signed into law by the President on December 4, 2015.” – MoDOT
The Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission held its quarterly “luncheon discussion” meeting on January 27th at the Masonic Lodge in Ashland. Featured speakers at the luncheon were Terry Luetkemeyer and Donna Martin with First State Community Bank.
The luncheon discussion focused primarily on tax-exempt lease purchasing financing opportunities available for political subdivisions. Leutkemeyer and Martin explained to attendees that advantages of leasing included saving capital dollars for other projects, enables improved cash flow, and leasing spreads the cost of an asset over the useful life of the asset or project. Attendees discussed the municipal budgeting processes as it relates to leasing.
Attendees included representatives of eleven local governments as well as representatives for Senators Blunt and McCaskill. Community reports, legislative activity, and RPC project overview were also discussed at the meeting.
January 7, 2016 — Callaway County is pursuing designation as a Certified Work Ready Community. In order to become a Certified Work Ready Community a county must meet certain goals. One goal involves being able to demonstrate that a sufficient number of area high school students have earned an ACT National Career Readiness Certificate. This certificate is earned when students do well on the ACT WorkKeys exam. This exam measures and certifies the essential work skills needed for success in jobs across industries and occupations. Skills tested include applied mathematics, locating information and reading for information.
December 30, 2015 – Planning for the mandated 5-year update of the Cole County/Jefferson City Hazard Mitigation Plan will begin at a kickoff meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 9-11 a.m. at Cole County Emergency Services (1736 Southridge Drive in Jefferson City). All communities and school districts in Cole County have been specifically invited to participate in this plan which confers eligibility for both pre- and post-disaster mitigation funding. Any interested parties in the region or surrounding counties are also welcome to participate.
February 12, 2016 – The Mid-MO RPC office will be closed for Lincoln’s birthday.
February 15, 2016 – The Mid-MO RPC office will be closed for Washington’s birthday.