The Kemper Military School was an integral part of the Boonville community from the time it was founded in 1844 until it closed in 2002. The city, not wanting to see the campus abandoned, purchased the campus in 2003 and began redevelopment efforts. Redevelopment began with the conversion of campus green space to football, baseball and other playing fields. The city also leased the former field house building to the local YMCA and was able to attract State Fair Community College (SFCC) to campus in 2012.
The city’s most recent Kemper campus redevelopment effort was led by Boonville economic developer Jim Gann. Dr. Gann worked with the Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission to acquire $1.5 million in federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant funding to assist the city with renovations to Kemper’s Science Hall. This $3 million renovation converted Science Hall into an IT training center with courses offered through SFCC. The IT training center began its first classes this past August.
The city of Boonville will be hosting Mid-MO RPC’s Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) on Tuesday, October 11th. Kate Fjell with the city will give a presentation on development efforts in Boonville to be followed by a tour of the new IT training center. The meeting and tour is open to all whom have an interest. Those that plan to attend the meeting are asked to please RSVP to Mid-MO RPC Community & Economic Development Planner David Bock at email@example.com.
Meeting and Tour Details:
Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Time: 10:00 am-11:30 am
Location: Science Hall
701 3rd Street, Boonville
RSVP: Contact David Bock at firstname.lastname@example.org
Background on the city’s past redevelopment efforts of the Kemper campus can be found here.
September 22, 2016 – The City of Armstrong has been awarded $377,477 in CDBG grant funding in order to address the community’s two largest infrastructure needs: street condition and inflow and infiltration (I&I) of storm water into the city’s wastewater system.
The city was able to take advantage of CDBG funding to overlay roughly half of the roads in the community back in 2004, but the other half of town has been in dire need of overlays for several years. The original intent of community leaders was to apply for additional CDBG funding as soon as phase one of the original project was complete; however, CDBG stopped funding road overlays for several years. CDBG started funding road improvements again two years ago, and Armstrong decided to apply for funding in order to complete overlays in the rest of the community.
The city has also experienced storm water inflow and infiltration (I&I) into the city’s wastewater system through its street manholes. The current project will allow the city to address 12 manholes during the street overlay process, which will reduce the city’s I&I issues.
The street and I&I improvements will be nice complements to the new City Hall building that the city was recently able to build with the assistance of USDA-Rural Development and an outpouring of private donations.
The Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission assisted Armstrong with the CDBG grant application and will serve as the grant administrator on the project. This will include completing an environmental review of the project area before road work begins next summer.
Community Action Poverty Simulations (CAPS) promote a greater understanding of poverty. During the simulation, participants role-play the lives of low-income families…from single parents trying to care for their children to senior citizens trying to maintain their self sufficiency on fixed incomes.
MO Rides – Central Missouri has established a corresponding Transportation Simulation which includes all of these elements, but with an even greater focus on transit barriers. Are you out of bus money? Car break down? How will you conduct your daily business? Experience this unique event and see if you can survive some of life’s most unpredictable hurdles.
Tuesday Oct. 18th @ 3:00 pm
Mueller Student Center
501 Westminster Ave, Fulton, MO 65251
For more information or to RSVP, please contact: Anthony Nichols at (573) 777-5213
September 12, 2016 – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has notified Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission that the Cole County/Jefferson City Hazard Mitigation Plan has been approved, effective August 31, 2016. The plan has been updated to an “all hazards” plan which includes mitigation for technological and human-made hazards in addition to the required natural hazards.
The Executive Committee of the Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission (Mid-MO RPC) held its quarterly meeting on August 31, 2016 at the Mid-MO RPC office in Ashland. Executive Committee members in attendance included: Gary Jungermann, Chair (Callaway County Presiding Commissioner), Kris Scheperle, Vice-Chair (Cole County Associate Commissioner), Sam Stroupe, Secretary ( Howard County Presiding Commissioner), Tim Grenke, Treasurer/Budget Chair (Mayor, City of Centralia) and Les Hudson, Personnel Committee Chair (Director Planning and Protective Services, City of Fulton). Other attendees included Rick Hess, Holts Summit City Administrator, Ed Siegmund, Mid-MO RPC Executive Director, Lee Ann Jestis, Mid-MO RPC Fiscal Officer and media representatives.
Committee members approved contract amendments with MoDOT and Missouri Development Disabilities Council for mobility management project, approved the submittal of an application to the Office of Administration for funding support in the amount of $8,900, approved the selection of Kenny D. Hales, CA for the FY16 audit and adopted by resolution the update of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). Other discussion items included work program items: the Cooper County Hazard Mitigation Plan and a potential study with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for the Lower Missouri – Moreau Watershed.
October 10, 2016 – The Mid-MO RPC office will be closed for Columbus Day.
October 18, 2016 – 1:30 pm, Cole County Fire Station #4, 5206 Monticello Rd., Jefferson City (map).