July 11, 2014 – The Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission, in coordination with representatives from Boone County and Jefferson City, facilitated a second meeting to discuss the Missouri 2015 Leaf-Off Imagery Program. The meeting was a follow up to Regional Planning Commission meeting in April, which all membership was invited to learn about the project and discuss their participation. This project gives imagery users the opportunity to cooperatively purchase various aerial photography products at a reduced cost. Attendees included assessors and staff from Boone, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Howard and Moniteau Counties.
Jason Warzinik, Boone County GIS Manager and Greg Resz, Jefferson City GIS Manager, provided an overview of the program and gave an update on what entities are counties/cities are signed up to participate. Boone County, the City of Columbia, University of Missouri, Cole County, Jefferson City, and Callaway County will all be participating in the 2015 flight. All of the attendees were positive about the benefits of more current aerial imagery. The more rural counties of Cooper, Howard and Moniteau are discussing participation pending funding availability. The deadline to participate will be September 2014.
For additional information regarding the 2015 Imagery Flight, contact Mid-MO Regional Planning Commission, Jason Warzinik – 573.886.4325 or Greg Resz - 573.634.6436.
July 7, 2014 – We are saddened at the loss of William “Bill” Lay. He was a long time representative, supporter, and contributor to the Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission. Mr. Lay was a representative from Howard County for our Transportation Advisory Committee for over 10 years.
Bill Lay cutting the ribbon at the Route 240 new bridge ceremony in Fayette. (Article and photo)
Mr. Lay passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2014. We extend our condolences to his family. (Obit)
July 1, 2014 – The Missouri Department of Economic Development announced today it is making available $7.5 million in low-interest loans to public schools, public/private colleges and universities, local governments, public water and wastewater treatment facilities, and public/private not-for-profit hospitals to complete energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects throughout the State of Missouri.
The department’s Division of Energy is accepting loan applications from July 1 through October 31, for projects costing between $5,000 and $1.5 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 $1.5 million.
The loans provide financing for energy-saving investments such as lighting systems, waste heat recovery or combined heat and power systems, renewable energy systems, insulation, heating and cooling systems, and other measures that reduce energy use and cost.
Loans to public schools and local governments do not count against debt limits or require a public vote or bond issuance. Loans are repaid from energy savings achieved.
To read the full press release, click here. For more information or to apply for the loan, visit the Department of Economic Development Energy Loan Program webpage.
June 23, 2014 – The Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission held its bi-monthly Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) meeting last week. At the meeting, MoDOT District Engineer David Silvester discussed the draft list of transportation project priorities for the MoDOT Central District. MoDOT has made a commitment to begin construction on all projects included in the final project list over the next ten years if Amendment 7 (3/4 Cent Transportation Sales Tax) is approved by voters on the August 5th ballot.
Major projects included on the list that will have a significant impact on economic development in the Mid-Missouri region include expanding Interstate-70 to a six-lane highway, expanding US Highway 50 to a four-lane highway from California to Sedalia, and improvements to the Columbia Regional Airport.
June 17, 2014 – As part of the requirements set forth by the proposed Amendment 7 (¾ cent sales tax), The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has announced dates for open house meetings across the state. The proposed sales tax would provide an estimated $5.4 billion in funding for transportation projects over 10 years (2015-2025). The amendment would provide that 90 percent of the revenue, an estimated $480 million annually, will go toward state transportation initiatives. Ten percent, or an estimated $54 million annually, will be split among cities and counties for transportation projects.
The goal of the open house events is to gather public input on the draft transportation project priorities that have been created in each district. The draft priority lists have been compiled through a large amount of public outreach by MoDOT, Regional Planning Agencies, and Metropolitan Planning Organizations.
The draft projects proposed by Mid-MO RPC went through several stages of public input and stakeholder review. A subcommittee of the Mid-MO RPC Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) prioritized and scored the projects using goals set out by MoDOT as a guide: