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The Board and staff of the Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation (MAEDC) have long taken a three-pronged approach to economic development in the region... Business Retention & Expansion, Business Attraction and Entrepreneurship. In the past, MAEDC staff have collaborated with numerous partner organizations in an effort to piece together support for local entrepreneurs. With recent developments in the national economy over the last several years we recognized a growing demand for rural entrepreneurial assistance. In effort to satisfy this need for our partner counties MAEDC collaborated with the Moberly Area Chamber of Commerce and the Moberly Area Community College to create a new organization dedicated to entrepreneurial development in our region. And so, Grow Mid-Missouri was created.
Columbia, Missouri (December 3, 2013) – MFA Oil Company, a farmer-owned cooperative based in Columbia, MO, has a contract to purchase the 33 acre commercial site that was formerly built to house a sucralose production facility.
The four-county regional partnership of Cooper, Howard, Monroe and Randolph Counties continue to make great progress in being a Certified Work Ready Community. Just a few short weeks ago each of the four counties that make up the Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation’s service region where named a Certified Work Ready Community In Progress. Having earned this designation has set the four-county region apart in terms of its workforce development efforts.
Pilot Grove, MO. After four long years without a local grocery store in the town, a group of local community minded citizens has reversed a national trend. In many small rural communities grocery stores have been closing for a variety of reasons leaving communities without a local place to purchase food forcing shoppers all too often to commute many miles to buy the staples needed to support their families. In Pilot Grove, Missouri that situation just changed.
Left with no local grocery store when the former store closed leaving a deteriorating building in the middle of the Downtown area of the town of 762 residents, the community rallied to address the issue first hand. “Losing a business in the heart of the community is always difficult,” said Glenn Schupp, local banker at Citizens Community Bank. “This was an important issue for the community.”
The Missouri Division of Energy is officially a part of the Department of Economic Development (DED). The Division’s transfer from the Department of Natural Resources was made possible through an executive order signed by Governor Jay Nixon, in efforts to reduce red tape and make it easier for consumers and businesses alike to access technical and financial energy resources and services.
Monroe City, MO. A long team effort has resulted in a new small business opening in Monroe City. BK’s Place, a family restaurant, has opened for business at 209 Fifth Street in Monroe City.
The locally owned restaurant has been a year-long project by Kathy Troy and Bill Janes, co-owners to bring their unique style of dinning to the community. The couple received assistance in business plan development from a team comprised of Moberly Area Economic Development and the University of Missouri Extension in Monroe County.
When Community Lanes closed their doors in May 2013, many people feared an era had ended and bowlers were afraid they would have to give up their beloved sport or travel elsewhere to participate in league play. Thanks to two former Moberly residents, that will not be the case.
Moberly, MO – Construction of a new petroleum pipeline by Enbridge Pipeline Company through central and northeast Missouri is providing an economic benefit that is reaching beyond what is easily seen. The hundreds of workers brought to the region by several contractors and suppliers to the multi-state project are paying benefits to small business throughout the area.
Austin, Texas, June 17-19, 2013 – A delegation of nearly 90 members of National Rural Economic Developers Association (NREDA) attended the Association's annual conference in Austin, Texas on July 17-19, 2013 at The Driskill Hotel. Honored at the NREDA Awards Luncheon was Gordon Ipson, Manager of Economic Development, Northeast Missouri Electric Power Cooperative, as the "2013 NREDA Rural Economic Development Leadership Award" recipient.
The Rural Economic Development Leadership Award recognizes outstanding leadership in the field of rural economic development. NREDA seeks to honor deserving individuals across America. Nominees may be economic development professionals or rural electric cooperative/rural telephone staff or board members.