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Community members share ideas at public forum.

Public Forums Paving the Way for Economic Development Last week, community members from Randolph County participated in the MAEDC's Public Forums. MAEDC's Strategic Planning Initiatives are being led by Jim Fram, CEcD, CCE, of Community Growth Strategies, LLC. Over the years, Mr. Fram has gained experience in working with large and small communities and with site selection consultants in Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska, bringing thousands of new jobs and millions of dollars in new capital investment.

In addition to the recently held forums, additional public forums are being planned for Howard County on April 21st. As part of MAEDC's community-focused strategic plan, Mr. Fram has also conducted dozens of interviews and multiple focus groups with individuals ranging from business owners to civic leaders, retirees, teachers, and more. In the coming weeks, we will complete the research phase of the strategic planning process and move into the action phase. The Howard County Public Forums will take place on April 21st: - New Franklin - 8:30-9:30 am, 132 East Broadway, New Franklin, MO

- Fayette - 10:30-11:30 am, Keller Building - Large Conference Room., 600 W. Morrison St., Fayette, MO

- Glasgow - 1:30-2:30 pm, Glasgow City Council Chambers, 102 Market St., Glasgow, MO

The Fennel at 315 North Clark, Moberly, MO

City of Moberly awarded $494,266 ARPA Community Revitalization Grant The City of Moberly and the Moberly Depot District announce their ARPA Community Revitalization Grant submission was successful and they have been awarded $494,266 to be used for the further development of The Fennel as a Community Center. The Fennel is a historic building formerly known as Fennel Wagon Works and Fennel Auto Body Works located at 315 North Clark in the downtown Moberly Depot District. The City of Moberly has been working to improve this property for the past several years to become a downtown space that could be used for Farmer’s Market type events and other community activities. “This grant will allow The Fennel to be further improved so that these types of events could take place year-round,” said Public Works Director, Tom Sanders from the City of Moberly. According to Sanders, "grant dollars will be used to provide nice, finished floors, to treat, seal, and insulate walls, install HVAC, upgrade electric, install utilities, add additional bathrooms, and enhance lighting." Continue Reading...

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Economic and Workforce Report

The Central Region is comprised of 19 counties in the center of Missouri. This region is home to several cities including Columbia, Mexico, Rolla, Camdenton, Lebanon, and the state capital, Jefferson City. The Central Region workforce has more than 313,700 employees, making up 10.7 percent of Missouri’s employment. In 2021, about 51.6 percent of the workforce was male and 48.4 percent was female, which matches the Missouri average. The regional average unemployment rate in 2021 was 3.6 percent. 

The Northeast Region is comprised of 16 counties in northeastern Missouri. This region is home to several cities including Kirksville, Hannibal, Moberly, and Warrenton. The Northeast Region workforce has around 123,900 employees, making up 4.2 percent of Missouri’s employment. In 2021, 47.3 percent of the workforce was female and 52.7 percent was male. The regional average unemployment rate in 2021 was 4.0 percent. 


A Harbinger of the Future for Rural America Dean Barber | Mar. 26 When we think of rural America, it conjures up images of an aging white farmer or a white blue-collar worker who is struggling. Yet rural America is incredibly diverse racially, geographically, and economically — from the large expanses of publicly leased lands in the West to Native American reservations and settlements along the U.S.-Mexico border to predominantly Black communities in the Southeast.

Today, there are 46 million rural residents, which is just 14 percent of the U.S. total. This is the smallest percentage of the population to reside in rural areas in U.S. history. Though population declines have been widespread -- only about a third of nonmetropolitan (rural) counties gained population between 2010 and 2020 -- rural America has become more racially and ethnically diverse. Continue Reading...


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