March 2014 – The Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission will hold six public meetings across the region to gather public input on the 2014 update of the Mid-MO RPC Regional Transportation Needs List. This list contains transportation needs that have been identified as priorities by counties and communities throughout the region and is part of the Mid-MO RPC Regional Transportation Plan. The RPC will be updating the Regional Transportation Plan this year.
Coinciding with the update of the Regional Transportation Plan, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has initiated a statewide process to identify and prioritize transportation needs as part of their Long Range Transportation Plan. As part of MoDOT’s Long Range Plan, counties and communities across the state are expanding their needs lists to include multi-modal projects such as transit, aviation, rail, waterways, and pedestrian and bicycle needs. Once needs have been identified through this process, high priority projects will be forwarded to MoDOT as part of the statewide prioritization process. An overview and timeline of the Mid-MO RPC Prioritization Process can be found here.
The general public and local governments are encouraged to attend any of the six public meetings and we hope to see you there! Information about location, date, and time of meetings can be found in our press release.
If you would like to submit a project suggestion or have a question or comment please contact us at email@example.com.
January 2014 – In 2013, MoBroadbandNow – the state broadband office – teamed up with regional planning commissions across the state to look at broadband availability and adoption at the regional level with special emphasis placed on how broadband is being used in the healthcare sector.
As with many industries, the Internet is dramatically changing how healthcare services are delivered. It is vital to have a strong broadband network throughout Mid-Missouri in order to ensure residents are able to receive first-class healthcare services.
As part of this broadband planning process, the Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission (Mid-MO RPC) brought together broadband and healthcare sector partners to discuss broadband in the region and how it is used to serve the healthcare needs of Mid-Missouri residents.
January 2014 – The Mid-MO RPC Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) met Wednesday, January 22 to discuss changes in funding for state multi-modal transportation needs and local program grant projects such as Safe Routes to Schools. The changes stem from funding cuts at the federal and state level.
In November 2013 an initiative petition was filed with the Missouri Secretary of State to give citizens the opportunity to vote on a 10-year one cent sales tax to fund transportation projects. The ballot measure, if approved, would generate $7.1 billion of revenue over the 10 years.
January 2014 – Forty-five representatives from business, utilities, nonprofits, and city and county government attended the January 22 RPC meeting to learn about business recovery after the 2011 Joplin tornado. Rob O’Brian, President of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, shared lessons learned from the response and recovery experience. The EF-5 tornado destroyed or substantially damaged 531 employers in the city and put more than 5,200 jobs at risk.
O’Brian discussed the three-pronged approach taken towards recovery. Prior relationship building allowed for a partnership whereby the City focused on citizens, the School Districts focused on schools, and the Chamber of Commerce focused on businesses.
December 20, 2013 – The RPC held a Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) workshop for key staff of the City of Ashland today. City Administrator Josh Hawkins extended the invitation for the workshop as a means of beginning the COOP process. A lively discussion of the current level of continuity preparedness was held among the staff which included representatives of city administration, police, and utilities.
Continuity of Operations Planning refers to the ability to keep an agency functional during a time of crisis or emergency. The planning process identifies the leadership, staff, facilities, equipment, records, and communication needed to support the continuance of the most essential functions of an agency.
Planning for continuity is a requirement for federal and state agencies but local planning efforts have focused in the past on emergency response and hazard mitigation planning. With the large numbers of emergencies and disasters in recent years, there is now a nationwide focus on continuity planning for local governments and businesses.
April 15, 2014 – 1:30 pm, Cole County Fire Station #4, 5206 Monticello Rd., Jefferson City (map).
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.