January 29, 2015 – The Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission held its quarterly luncheon discussion on Wednesday, January 28th at the Masonic Lodge in Ashland. The featured speaker for the luncheon was John Baker, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Central Missouri. Over 20 individuals were in attendance representing local governments, chamber of commerce, or civic organizations.
Baker reviewed with attendees how community foundations work, and the resulting funds that would result to invest for designated purposes. He informed participants that communities can establish an affiliate foundation – where funds can be controlled and directed to local established priorities. The Community Foundation of Central Missouri would serve as the fund manager. Baker also reviewed the significant “transfer of wealth” that will occur within the Region in the next 10 and 20 year time periods, and how if a small portion of that wealth was invested in community foundations could benefit local philanthropic efforts.
A brief Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission meeting was held following the community foundation discussion. Ed Siegmund, Director of the RPC reviewed financial statements and staff activities underway.
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.
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.
February 12, 2015 – The Mid-MO RPC office will be closed for Lincoln’s Day.
February 16, 2015 – The Mid-MO RPC office will be closed for Washington’s Day.