May 4, 2016 – Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission held its quarterly “luncheon discussion” meeting on April 27th at the Harry B. Pryor American Legion Hall, in Ashland. The luncheon featured key speakers discussing three major projects in the RPC region.
Callaway County Presiding Commissioner, Gary Jungermann reported on a Section 604(b) Water Quality Management grant that Mid-Missori Regional Planning Commission received for the Callaway County project. Thru the RPC, funds from Mo Department of Natural Resources will be used complete a feasibility study for the Cedar Creek Watershed (Millersburg area). The Commissioner sited the wastewater regulatory compliance challenges and overwhelming costs that are facing the local Millersburg residents and businesses. The selection process for hiring a consultant for the project has been completed. Engineering Surveys and Services has been contracted to complete the study that will include alternative strategies for consideration and their costs and financing options available for system improvements.
Moniteau County Regional Economic Development (MRED) President, Mike Kelley discussed the COMO Electric Cooperative, 1 gigabit broadband network available to its customers. USDA grant funds were awarded to MRED to hire consultants to complete a marketing study followed by a marketing campaign to targeted businesses to promote the Electric Cooperative gigabit network. Only a handful of cites nationwide have broadband networks that are capable of producing gigabit speeds and are virtually non-existent in rural areas. The project is connected to the state economic development strategy for the creation of new jobs.
Mid-Missouri RPC staff member, Lee Ann Jestis discussed the Deployable Asset Inventory project that will consist of data collection of deployable resources in the RPC region. The Missouri Association of Councils of Government (MACOG) was awarded $1.2 million to fund three projects that will help Missouri communities respond to disasters. The regional planning commissions/councils of government across the State will provide a comprehensive network and delivery system to assist communities and counties in developing a long term recovery system, identifying deployable assets and create a disaster resilient environment.
Mid-MO RPC staff will begin meeting in June with local governments and agencies to identify deployable assets that are available in a crisis that a local jurisdiction is willing to deploy outside of its boundaries at the request of the State or other local jurisdiction. This will expand the ability of communities to share key assets not only across regions, but across the state if necessary.
Attendees included representatives of twelve local governments as well as representatives for Senators Blunt and McCaskill and Representatives Vicky Hartzler and Blaine Luetkemeyer. Community reports, legislative activity, and RPC project overview were also discussed at the meeting.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri celebrates Local Government Week May 1-7, 2016. The week is an ideal time to learn more about how local government serves each citizen in your community every day.
Working together, your cities, counties and schools are the backbone of your community.
Local Government Is…
“Local government is closest to the people,” said Dan Ross, executive director of the Missouri Municipal League. “It makes what you love most about your community happen, such as your schools, parks or local downtown. Local government also ensures your quality of life through services you may not think about, like clean tap water or repaired streets.”
We are deeply saddened to announce that Robert “Bob” Jones passed away on Tuesday, April 19. Bob was an inspiration to all that knew him and he was truly a support to the Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this sorrowful time.
April 21, 2016 – The Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission will be having a Luncheon Discussion Meeting on April 27, 2016, beginning at 11:30 am, with lunch. Speakers will discuss wastewater, broadband, and deployable asset projects for the region. PLEASE NOTE that the meeting will be held at the Harry B. Pryor American Legion Post 152, 123 East Broadway, Ashland (map). Click here for Flyer. Click here for Agenda.
April 18, 2016 – Mid-MO RPC’s Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) met last week to discuss the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) being developed for the region and the recently passed federal transportation bill (FAST Act).
RPC staff presented to the group a draft SWOC analysis of the region which analyzes the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges of the regional economy as identified through data analysis and discussions with economic development professionals around the region. EDAC members provided feedback on the draft SWOC which has been incorporated within the updated draft and can be found here.
May 9, 2016 – The Mid-MO RPC office will be closed for Truman’s Birthday.
May 24, 2016 – 1:30 pm, Cole County Fire Station #4, 5206 Monticello Rd., Jefferson City (map).
May 30, 2016 – The Mid-MO RPC office will be closed for Memorial Day.