April 1, 2015 – The Board of Directors of the Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission voted unanimously to submit letters of support of proposed legislation to increase the state fuel tax for funding support to the Missouri Department of Transportation.
At the March 25th, Mid-MO RPC Board of Directors meeting, Dave Silvester, MoDOT Central District Engineer reviewed with Board members that an increase in the state’s fuel tax by 2 cents for the next three years would generate enough funds for MoDOT to match all available federal funds, to continue to make safety improvements, and to avoid implementation of the Missouri 325 system. Silvester also informed the Board that cities and counties would evenly split an additional $71 million in new tax revenues each year.
March 24, 2015 – Mid-MO RPC staff moderated a strategic planning session for the Moniteau County Regional Economic Development Council (MRED) Wednesday, March 11, in the Community Room at California City Hall. More than 20 local community and business leaders participated in the event and shared their views on the future of MRED and economic development in Moniteau County.
March 17, 2015 – Ed Siegmund, RPC Executive Director and David Bock, Community and Economic Development Planner, spoke at the March 5th Jefferson City Chamber Cole County Communities Committee. Approximately 25 individuals attended the meeting, with Siegmund and Bock reviewing RPC activities, and Cole County projects.
March 6, 2015 – Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission (Mid-MO RPC) has submitted a grant application to MoDOT for Federal Transit Administration 5310 Mobility Management funding 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.
February 20, 2015 – Steve Lauzier, Director of University of Missouri Research Parks, recently spoke to Mid-MO RPC’s Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) about the future of Discovery Ridge Research Park.
The long-term vision for the park focuses on attracting companies specializing in nuclear medicine, information technology, agricultural biotechnology, additive manufacturing and advanced materials. It is believed that as many as 1000 new jobs could be created at Discovery Ridge in these high tech sectors over the next 20 years.
This vision for Discovery Ridge has already begun to materialize. ABC Laboratories and IDEXX BioResearch are already located at Discovery Ridge and employ more than 300 people combined. The University of Missouri and City of Columbia also announced last year that Northwest Medical Isotopes (NWMI) will soon be bringing 68 new jobs to Discovery Ridge.
April 21, 2015 - 1:30 pm, Cole County Fire Station #4, 5206 Monticello Rd., Jefferson City (map).