The Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission luncheon discussion will feature Amy Schneider, Director of Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau. She will be sharing information on how the City of Columbia is preparing for the August 21 total eclipse of the sun.
It is predicted that millions of visitors will be viewing this rare celestial event in the state of Missouri and many of those visitors will be traveling to communities in the Mid-MO region where they will experience over 2 minutes and 30 seconds of totality.
Mutual Aid Coordinator, Matthew Luetkemeyer from State of Missouri Department of Public Safety will also be joining us for the discussion and be available to answer questions regarding how they can assist in community events as well.
April 12, 2017 – Rob Dixon, President and CEO, Missouri Community College Association (MCCA), spoke this week to Mid-MO RPC’s Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) on how community colleges across the state are joining forces to address the challenge Missouri businesses face – the availability of a skilled workforce.
Earlier this year, the 12 community college leaders across the state signed an agreement to join forces to create what is known as the Missouri Community College Workforce Development Network. Under the new agreement, if a Missouri company needs assistance with employee training but the nearest community college doesn’t have a curriculum or expert faculty in that subject, then the new network will use collective resources among all the state’s two-year colleges to meet that business’ needs.
April 5, 2017- The purpose of the Cost Share Program is to build partnerships with local entities to pool efforts and resources to deliver state highway and bridge projects. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) allocates Cost Share funds based on the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission’s (MHTC) approved funding distribution formula. At least 10 percent is set-aside for projects that demonstrate economic development through job creation. Projects are selected by the Cost Share Committee, which consists of the Chief Engineer, Chief Financial Officer and the Assistant Chief Engineer. They are then recommended for approval by the MHTC via a STIP amendment.
The Cost Share Program provides financial assistance to public and private applicants for state highway and bridge projects satisfying a transportation need. Applications will be due June 30, 2017. For more details see the program guidelines here.
The Board of Directors of the Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission (Mid-MO RPC) quarterly meeting was held March 22nd at the Mid-MO RPC office in Ashland. Items discussed at the meeting included approval of a contract with Environmental Research Center, discussion of the FY16 audit, and the budget process for the upcoming year, and hazard mitigation planning.
Ed Siegmund, RPC Director informed the Board of the need to undertake an archaeological study as a requirement for the environmental report for the Boone County CDBG infrastructure project associated with the announcement of the American Outdoor Brands distribution center in Boone County. Siegmund informed the Board the three bids were obtained, with the lowest bid received from the Environmental Research Center (ERC). The Board approved the RPC entering into an agreement with ERC for the archaeological survey.
Beginning conversations with local citizens, resource agencies, and local governments on the condition on the Lower Missouri –Moreau River Watershed were held March 14, 15, and 16 in three mid-Missouri communities. This project has a goal of developing a practical, watershed strategy identifying obtainable goals to improve water quality for future generations. Partners in the planning effort include the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, University of Missouri Extension, and the Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission.
May 29, 2017 – The Mid-MO RPC office will be closed for Memorial Day.