May 08, 2015 – Mid-MO RPC has received funding approval from the Missouri Department of Transportation for the Mid-MO Mobility Management Project. This Federal Transit Administration grant will provide 80% of the funding for a two year project to hire a Mobility Manager and support the ongoing efforts of the Mid-Missouri Transportation Coordination Council (MMTCC). Over the past two years, with financial support from the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council (MODDC), Mid-MO RPC staff has been working alongside several regional transportation stakeholders as part of a planning grant to increase regional coordination. Support from Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA), United Way’s 211, and MODDC are critical to the success of the project. These partners, along with many others, have provided the drive to improve transportation coordination in the region.
May 2015 – The Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission and the Columbia/Boone County Office of Emergency Management are sponsoring a second public presentation on the update of the Boone County Hazard Mitigation Plan on Wednesday, May 13 at 1:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the County Commission Chambers in the Roger B. Wilson Boone County Government Center, 801 E. Walnut, Columbia (map and press release). The public is invited to attend and give input.
The plan has been update to an “all hazards” plan which includes mitigation for technological and human-made hazards in addition to the required natural hazards. This presentation will focus primarily on the updated mitigation strategy developed by a planning committee composed of representatives of county and city governments, all school districts, Columbia College, Stephens College, and the University of MO. The committee has been meeting regularly since November to update the plan.
The updated plan will be submitted to SEMA by June 5; approval by FEMA is expected sometime in the late summer or fall. A draft in progress of the plan may be viewed at this link. For questions, please contact Susan Galeota, 573-657-9779.
April 30, 2015 – The Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the Mid-MO RPC Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) this month. Missy Bonnot, Director of Economic Development for the JC Chamber, gave a presentation highlighting many recent economic development successes.
Jefferson City was selected earlier this year – after a competitive RFP process – as the location for the new Special Olympics Training for Life Campus. The Training for Life Campus will be a first of its kind facility modeled after the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. It will be home base for 16,500 athletes and 1,142 coaches. Ms. Bonnot pointed out that one of the key reasons that Jefferson City was successful in its efforts to attract the Training for Life Campus was the overwhelming support from the community throughout the process. Multiple partners were involved including Cole County, City of Jefferson, Farmer Companies, Lincoln University, JCMG, Capital Region Medical Center, SSM Health, Jefferson City YMCA, Jefferson Bank, Hawthorn Bank, Central Bank and Ameren Missouri.
April 28, 2015 – The Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission (Mid-MO RPC) held its luncheon discussion meeting on April 22nd at the Masonic Lodge in Ashland.
Jan Simon, Executive Director of Missouri Community Betterment (MCB), and Greg Batson, USDA Rural Development Program Support Director were the featured speakers during the luncheon. Both speakers provided overview of programs and the impact of their respective organizations.
Simon explained that the benefits of the Missouri Community Betterment Program is the availability and guidance a community can receive through the Community Evaluation process, access to the Missouri Rural Funding Team, and the opportunity to participate in the MCB project competition and awards conference in October. She also reviewed the rates for participation in the Missouri Community Betterment Program-communities under 1,000 in population 1-$100, 1001-7,499-$250, over 7,500-$400.
April 1, 2015 – The Board of Directors of the Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission voted unanimously to submit letters of support of proposed legislation to increase the state fuel tax for funding support to the Missouri Department of Transportation.
At the March 25th, Mid-MO RPC Board of Directors meeting, Dave Silvester, MoDOT Central District Engineer reviewed with Board members that an increase in the state’s fuel tax by 2 cents for the next three years would generate enough funds for MoDOT to match all available federal funds, to continue to make safety improvements, and to avoid implementation of the Missouri 325 system. Silvester also informed the Board that cities and counties would evenly split an additional $71 million in new tax revenues each year.