The Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission’s Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) recently met to discuss the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) competition sponsored by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) and the MoDOT Freight Plan.
David Schmidt, Director of the Business & Research Information Development Group (BRIDG) at the University of Missouri, discussed BRIDG’s application to make a 20+ county region in Missouri a federally designated “Manufacturing Community”. The Investing in Manufacturing Partnership (IMCP) competition is an effort by the federal government to encourage the development of advanced manufacturing. Twelve regions nationwide will be selected as “Manufacturing Communities”. These regions will earn preferential treatment for grants from 14 federal agencies including EDA, USDA, DOT, HUD, SBA and the Delta Regional Authority.
The IMCP competition requires that applicants select a specific geography and identify a target manufacturing cluster within their proposed region. The proposed cluster for the BRIDGE application will be Production and Energy Technology. Within this cluster the focus will be on making investments in workforce development. The region identified in the BRIDGE application encompasses counties falling in the triangle made by Interstate-70, Interstate-44 and Highway 63. In the Mid-MO RPC region, Boone, Cole and Callaway counties fall within this proposed IMCP geography.
The ultimate goal of the IMCP effort is to take the competitive advantage that Missouri has in the Production and Energy Technology cluster and make it more competitive globally.
April 10, 2014 – The Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission’s Transportation Advisory Committee met on March 26 with a presentation on Missouri’s Waterways and Freight.
MoDOT’s Mr. Bryan Ross reported there are fifteen public port authorities in Missouri. Currently the Mid-MO RPC region has one non-functioning port authority on the Missouri River in Howard County. Ross stated that if the legislative bill that proposes a one cent sales tax passes in November, multi –modal transportation may receive funding for maintenance or expansion.
April 10, 2014 – Throughout the month of March, Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission’s (Mid-MO RPC) staff hosted several public meetings across the region to gather public comment as part of the update of the Mid-MO RPC Regional Transportation Needs List. Meetings for public comment were held in each county and attendees provided staff with several new projects to add to the existing Regional Transportation Needs List.
March 24, 2014 – The Missouri Department of Public Safety announces a series of meetings with the public safety / first responder community to explore how implementation of a dedicated public safety broadband network could benefit their mission. The Department received a federal grant, the State and Local Grant Implementation Program (SLIGP), and as part of that grant, is partnering with the Missouri Association of Councils of Government (MACOG) to hold meetings across the state, beginning in April, to provide information about a proposed public safety broadband network; elicit feedback from the attendees about their requirements for a network; how a dedicated public safety broadband network could best work for them; and who would use the network.
March 13, 2014 – The Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission Board of Directors held it’s quarterly meeting on Wednesday, February 26th at the Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission (Mid-MO RPC) office located in Ashland. Eddie Brickner, Cooper County Presiding Commissioner and Mid-MO RPC Chair, presided over the meeting.
Meeting items included Board approval of the contract with the Missouri Association of Council of Government to assist with FirstNet planning services, approval to amend the personnel policy to allow for pro-rated health insurance reimbursement for part-time personnel, a review of the recently completed audit, transportation planning updates and other work program activities.
May 8, 2014 – The Mid-MO RPC office will be closed for Truman’s Birthday.
May 26, 2014 – The Mid-MO RPC office will be closed for Memorial Day.