The Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission will hold its quarterly luncheon discussion meeting on Wednesday, January 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge in Ashland.
John Baker, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Central Missouri, will discuss the opportunities to establish an affiliate community foundation, and the resulting benefits to your community. Through charitable donations the community foundation can result in a stream of income to support causes or community needs that you have identified.
A brief regional planning commission meeting will be held prior to our discussion of community foundations. Staff will review current activities, and future funding opportunities available to local governments.
Your welcome to invite community leaders that may have an interest in establishing a community foundation.
Lunch is being provided so please rsvp to Mid-MO RPC staff at 573.657.9779 or email Debra Griffin at email@example.com.
The Masonic Lodge is located directly north of the Mid-MO RPC office at 215 E. Broadway (map).
January 14, 2015 – On January 9th MoDOT announced the list of communities that have been awarded Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) funds. The communities of Ashland, Centralia, Prairie Home, and Russellville were awarded funding to upgrade or construct sidewalks.
TAP is a reimbursement program that provides designated transportation funding for enhancement projects such as sidewalks and safety improvements. All of the Mid-MO RPC communities will be constructing or upgrading sidewalks to provide safer access to community schools and facilities. Click on the links below to see the applications and project descriptions for each of the four communities; Ashland, Centralia, Prairie Home, Russellville.
In all, 14 projects were awarded funding in MoDOT’s Central District totaling a little over $4 Million. Click here to see a list of awarded Central District projects. There was approximately $31.3 Million available statewide for this program which will cover projects over a three year period from 2014 through 2016.
January 9, 2015 – USDA Rural Development is now accepting applications for its Community Connect Grant Program. The program provides grants to establish broadband Internet services in rural communities where it is currently not available. Grant funds may be used to construct, acquire or lease facilities used to deploy service at a minimum speed of 5 megabits per second (mbps) to all residential and business customers.
Eligible applicants include local governments, cooperatives, non-profits and for-profit businesses. Eligibility requirements also dictate that no part of a proposed service territory may already have access to Internet speeds of 3 mbps or higher.
The maximum grant award under the Community Connect Grant Program is $3,000,000, and the deadline for applications to be submitted is February 17, 2015.
January 8, 2015 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is now accepting applications for its Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants. LWCF grants are available to cities, counties and school districts to be used for outdoor recreation projects.
Eligible projects for the LWCF grants include:
LWCF applications must be submitted to DNR by March 31, 2015. The maximum LWCF grant award is $75,000, and all LWCF grants require a 55 percent match.
Click here for more information about the DNR Land and Water Conservation Fund grant opportunity.
December 29, 2014 – The Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission Board of Directors held it’s quarterly meeting on Wednesday, December 17th at the RPC office located in Ashland. The meeting was chaired by Dan Atwill, Chairman of Mid-MO RPC and Boone County Presiding Commissioner.
Ed Siegmund, Executive Director reviewed the Discovery Ridge Research Park infrastructure improvements and the grant application submittal to the Economic Development Administration (EDA) by the University of Missouri and the City of Columbia. Siegmund indicated that the project is requesting $613,905 in Economic Development Administration funding support for road improvements and a wastewater lift station. The improvements are necessary for the location of Northwest Medic al Isotopes at the research park. The project has been selected for further consideration for funding support by EDA.
Board members also reviewed the Transportation Alternative Projects submitted by local governments within the Mid-MO RPC Region, and the prioritization of these projects for funding support. Director Siegmund indicated these projects will be reviewed and discussed at the December 18th MoDOT Central District meeting. Other agenda items addressed included discussion of two projects with the University of Missouri-the Capstone Marketing with CORE, and the Asset Management with the School of Engineering.