October 20, 2014 – On Tuesday, the Mid-MO RPC Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) met at the Columbia Regional Airport. The agenda for October’s meeting included presentations from the University of Missouri Athletic Department and the Missouri Department of Transportation.
Tim Hickman and Mitzi Clayton from the University of Missouri Athletic Department shared with EDAC a new university study that shows the economic impact of Mizzou transitioning to the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The economic impact of University of Missouri athletics was more than $247 million from July 2013 to June 2014. That is a 50% increase when compared to Mizzou’s last year as a member of the Big 12 Conference. Community representatives from Columbia, Jefferson City and Boonville were all present at Tuesday’s EDAC meeting and all confirmed that that their communities have definitely felt the economic impact of Mizzou transitioning to the SEC.
Steve Engelbrecht, MoDOT Central District Planning Manager, presented the current draft of the Missouri State Freight Plan to EDAC. Missouri’s freight plan was designed to establish goals and strategies for updating the state’s freight system over the next 10 years, develop guidance for future investments in transportation, and prioritize freight projects that will provide the most economic benefit to the state. The freight plan is currently in its public comment period, which ends October 31st, 2014. A draft of the freight plan, a freight plan survey and a public comment portal can be accessed by visiting www.mofreightplan.org.
September 12, 2014 – Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission (Mid-MO RPC) staff has been working alongside several regional transportation stakeholders over the past 18 months as part of a Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council (MODDC) planning grant to increase regional coordination. The mission of the MODDC planning grant is to: “Sustain a regional partnership for better community access through transportation coordination and mobility management”.
The Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission (Mid-MO RPC) Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, August 27th at the Ashland Masonic Lodge. Dan Atwill, Boone County Presiding Commissioner and Mid-MO RPC Chair presided over the meeting.
Agenda items included Board approval for Mid-MO RPC to submit a FY15 grant funding application to the Missouri Department of Administration. Other items included the Aerial Imagery Cooperative Procurement Project, Asset Management Project with the University of Missouri, building department services offered by the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS).
September 8, 2014 – TAP is a reimbursement program that is a consolidation of three discontinued grant programs: Safe Routes to School, Transportation Enhancements, and the Recreational Trails Program. There are a few significant changes:
Click here to see the 2014 TAP Application Guidelines for more information on changes and eligibility.
August 28, 2014 – Co-Mo Electric Cooperative recently hosted the Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission (Mid-MO RPC) Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC), for a discussion about their new gigabit Internet service called Co-Mo Connect.
Gigabit Internet is 100 times faster than the average broadband connection in the United States, and Co-Mo Connect is one of the few Internet providers in the nation to offer gigabit speeds. Entrepreneurs that need access to gigabit speeds are flocking to the few areas of the country that have gigabit capabilities. Data centers, advanced manufacturers using 3D printing and companies that are heavy users of cloud-based computing are all examples of the types of companies that are attracted to areas with gigabit service.
Co-Mo Connect has completed Phase 1 of its four phase fiber-to-the-home build out, which includes central Moniteau County (including the City of California) and portions of the Co-Mo’s territory around the Lake of the Ozarks (including Sunrise Beach and Laurie). Phase 2 of the project is currently underway with Co-Mo Connect recently announcing that the cities of Tipton and Versailles will be included as part of Phase 2 of the build out. Each of the remaining phases will take roughly one year to complete.
October 21, 2014 – 1:30 pm, Cole County Fire Station #4, 5206 Monticello Rd., Jefferson City (map).
November 11, 2014 – The Mid-MO RPC office will be closed for Veterans Day.