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.
Please join us for our Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) meeting on Tuesday, April 11th from 9:00 am to 10:30 am at the Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission (Mid-MO RPC) office in Ashland.
Rob Dixon, President and CEO, Missouri Community College Association, will be presenting on the new Missouri Community College Workforce Development Network that was just announced earlier this month. This network of 12 community colleges will help expand workforce training in the state.
PLEASE NOTE: The location for this meeting has changed to the Mid-MO RPC office in Ashland instead of the Columbia Regional Airport.
Here is a link for directions to the Mid-MO RPC office:
Presenter: Rob Dixon, Missouri Community College Association
Date: Tuesday, April 11th, 2017
Time: 9:00 am-10:30 am
Location: Mid-MO RPC Office
206 E. Broadway, Ashland, MO
As always, RSVPs our encouraged but not required. Please RSVP to David Bock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 10, 2017 – Rob Dixon, President and CEO, Missouri Community College Association, will be the guest speaker at the upcoming meeting of the Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission’s Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC).
Mr. Dixon will be presenting on the new Missouri Community College Workforce Development Network that was just announced last month. This network of 12 community colleges will expand workforce development opportunities in the state and help individual employers meet their workforce training needs.
The EDAC meeting is set for Tuesday, April 11th from 9:00 am to 10:30 am at the Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission office in Ashland. EDAC meetings are open to the public and anyone with an interest in the topic is encouraged to attend.
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.
The Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission is currently seeking a Regional Planner. The person hired for this position will do planning work in economic development, transportation, comprehensive planning, hazard mitigation and environmental projects. A four year planning or related degree plus some experience is preferred. Please click here for more information and how to apply.
The importance of Hazard Mitigation Plan five year updates has taken on a whole new meaning for communities within Cooper County in 2017. The last hazard mitigation plan for Cooper County was finalized in 2012. In the process of evaluating past risk assessments and developing new mitigation strategies for this year’s update, the city of Bunceton, MO attracted attention on the warning siren map.
As shown on the inserted map, the City of Bunceton hasn’t had a working warning siren for its 354 citizens within the community in 5 years. It was learned in the recent updating process that the warning siren had caught fire when test activated. For safety reasons the warning siren was dismantled and has been deemed as inoperable ever since. It was cost prohibitive for the City of Bunceton to acquire a new warning siren at that time.
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Pat Cunningham on Saturday, February 18. Pat was instrumental in the re-forming of the Regional Planning Commission in 1999 and she remained active with the Board of Directors for over 15 years. During her time supporting the Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission, she served as the first Chair of the Economic Development Advisory Committee. She also served as Treasurer and Budget Chair for over 6 years. We will definitely miss her warm smile and loving nature. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.