Dan Lennon, Director of the Missouri Division of Tourism (MDT), recently spoke to Mid-MO RPC’s Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC). Discussion items included the economic impact of tourism, Missouri’s efforts to brand itself as a tourist destination and resources for local organizations to take advantage of when marketing their local events.
Tourism plays a significant role in the Missouri economy. Tourism had a $15.3 billion total economic impact on the Missouri economy in 2014, and Missouri had a record number of visitors, 39.2 million, last year. The tourism industry directly supports more than 290,000 jobs statewide.
Callaway County Presiding Commissioner Gary Jungermann was elected chairman of the Mid- Missouri Regional Planning Commission for the upcoming FY16 fiscal year at the June 24th Board of Directors meeting. Other officers that comprise the organizations’ executive committee include: Vice-President- Kris Scheperle Cole County Commission, Secretary- Josh Hawkins Ashland City Administrator, Treasurer- Mayor Tim Grenke, Centralia, and Personnel Chair- Les Hudson, Director of Protective Services, Fulton. Outgoing Chairman Dan Atwill- Presiding Commissioner of Boone County will continue to serve on the Executive Committee.
Advisory Committee Chairs selected for the upcoming year are: Economic Development – Mike Kelley, City of Tipton, Transportation – Kenneth Kunze, Moniteau County Presiding Commissioner, and liaison to the Area F Regional Homeland Security Oversight Committee – Josh Hawkins, City of Ashland.
Mid-MO RPC is governed by a 20 member Board of Directors representing the local government membership. At present, the membership includes 38 incorporated municipalities and the six county governments within its service area of – Boone, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Howard and Moniteau counties.
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June 4, 2015 – The Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) held its bi-monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 27th at the Southern Boone Library in Ashland.
Katrina Williams, Mid-MO RPC staff, gave a brief over view of the Draft Ashland Transportation Plan that has been written for the city. The City of Ashland contracted with Mid-MO RPC to create an updated plan to guide city growth and development. The plan provides city staff and elected officials with an important planning tool that includes project goals, an overview of current capacity, and an inventory of current needs. The plan will also be useful when the city applies for any state or federal funding. A sub-committee was formed comprised of City Aldermen, Planning and Zoning Committee members and concerned citizens. Also, public meetings have been held to gather community input. Recommended improvements cited in the plan include, future outer roads with additional access points to US Highway 63 and installation of additional round-abouts to alleviate traffic congestion. Additional recommendations include development of an asset inventory, updated street classifications, code and ordinance review and partnering or collaborating with other governmental agencies.
May 08, 2015 – Mid-MO RPC has received funding approval from the Missouri Department of Transportation for the Mid-MO Mobility Management Project. This Federal Transit Administration grant will provide 80% of the funding for a two year project to hire a Mobility Manager and support the ongoing efforts of the Mid-Missouri Transportation Coordination Council (MMTCC). Over the past two years, with financial support from the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council (MODDC), Mid-MO RPC staff has been working alongside several regional transportation stakeholders as part of a planning grant to increase regional coordination. Support from Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA), United Way’s 211, and MODDC are critical to the success of the project. These partners, along with many others, have provided the drive to improve transportation coordination in the region.
July 21, 2015 – 1:30 pm, Cole County Fire Station #4, 5206 Monticello Rd., Jefferson City (map).