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I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend and were able to spend time with family and friends. We had another eventful month here at MAEDC, with many interactions with future business owners, as well as current ones. I was welcomed as a guest speaker for the Fayette Rotary Club, joined my colleague Gigi Quinlan McAreavy for the Boonslick Education and Employment Expo, attended the ICSC Local Meet-up at Chicken N’ Pickle, and much more.


As many of you may know, Megan Schmitt, former Executive Director of the Moberly Area Chamber of Commerce, recently moved on from her position, and with that, she also moved on from our board. We would like to thank Megan for her many years of service to the MAEDC board of directors. Her wisdom and insights will leave a lasting impact. We wish her the best in her future endeavors.


We would also like to thank Randall Thompson for his time on the board as he served as Interim City Manager for the City of Moberly. We welcomed back a familiar face, Michael Bugalski, as he was recently selected to serve as the City Manager for the City of Moberly and now serves as a board member for MAEDC.


Randolph County NECAC and its construction partners broke ground on March 21st on the $14 million conversion of the former Moberly Junior High School to the 40-unit Tannehill Senior Apartments. The development at 101 N. Johnson at the west end of downtown Moberly will feature units of one or two bedrooms with major appliances for income-qualifying people ages 55 and older. The complex will also have a community room. This has been a long-awaited ceremony as plans have been in the works for several years. We are thrilled to welcome this historic addition to the Moberly Depot District.


I hope you will join us next Tuesday, April 9th, to kick off the 2024 Business Bites series with the Small Business Development Center as they present “Start or Grow Your Business.” The event will start at noon and finish around 1:00 pm. It will take place right here at MAEDC, 115 N. Williams St., Moberly, MO 65270.


I am looking forward to another eventful month. Please feel free to reach out anytime. I look forward to serving our business community and wish you all a wonderful April.




Kaylee J. Paffrath, MBA


Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation

Ph: 660-263-8811




United Credit Union Expands Community Betterment Efforts with Mural Installation in Moberly, Missouri

United Credit Union (UCU) continues its commitment to community enhancement by unveiling a new vibrant mural in Moberly, MO. Following the success of previous mural projects in Mexico and Vandalia, the addition of this eye-catching painting aims to contribute to the unique charm and character of each town.


"We at United Credit Union pride ourselves on giving back to the community; we are People Helping People," says Jo Chapman, AVP of Branch Operations at UCU. "The decision to embark on this mural project aligns with our mission of community betterment and improvement."


The mural is a testament to UCU's dedication to building financial success one member at a time. It serves as a visual representation of the institution's commitment to empowering communities and making a positive impact.


Looking ahead, while no other projects are currently in the works, UCU expresses its aspiration to extend its community outreach initiatives to all branch locations, aiming to donate murals in the future.


Residents and visitors are encouraged to visit United Credit Union's new addition to the Moberly Depot District located at the corner of Reed and Clark St, next to Bud’s Hair Lounge.


About United Credit Union:

United Credit Union is a member-owned financial institution committed to building financial success one member at a time. With a focus on community betterment and improvement, UCU offers a wide range of financial products and services designed to empower individuals and strengthen communities.


Level Up Your Supervision

April 9, 2024 | 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Columbia, Missouri


Supervisors in manufacturing are invited to participate in this half-day supervisory training.

This training is limited to 30 participants.

Why attend?

  • Learn what it takes to boost your team’s engagement and reduce absenteeism and turnover.

  • Enhance your ability to communicate more effectively with team members, even when those conversations turn difficult.

  • Implement proven coaching strategies to empower your team to meet or even surpass your expectations.

  • Level-set your supervisory skills.

Cost: $290

Continuing Education: 3 PDHs | Digital Badge and Certificate

Partners: Columbia Regional Economic Development Inc (REDI) and Missouri Training Institute


Data Training for Public and Nonprofit Sector 


June 27, 2024 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Columbia, Missouri


This in-person training teaches attendees how to use data through hands-on exercises, demonstrations, data communications practice, and other methods. Attendees will gain fundamental skills in finding, manipulating, visualizing, and communicating data!


The training will benefit professionals from community nonprofits, utilities, chambers of commerce, public sector, economic development organizations, workforce boards, associations, and higher education institutions. Spots are limited.


Enhance your ability to:

  • Find sources of data and manipulate downloaded data in Excel.

  • Create effective and professional data visualizations.

  • Communicate data effectively in presentations.

  • Utilize data for grant writing and/or grant reporting.


Cost: $450

Continuing Education: Digital Badge and Certificate

Partners: MU Extension Exceed – Regional Economic and Entrepreneurial Development Program




Public Policy Updates


Missouri legislators returned to the Capitol this week from their annual spring break. With renewed interest in legislative priorities, there was an influx of committee and floor substitutes and amendments, along with productive debate in both chambers. Additionally, the House Budget Committee finalized their version of the FY25 Budget, which is expected to be debated by the full House Chamber next week.

With the quickly approaching adjournment date of May 17th, House and Senate members are now eyeing every opportunity available to advance their proposals to Governor Parson’s desk. With only seven weeks remaining, and the House dedicating next week to Budget debate, activity is predicted to only become more chaotic!


KWIXLand Business Spotlight: Paul Zacharias, Missouri Small Business Development Center at Mizzou

Last month, we had the pleasure of hosting Paul Zacharias from the Small Business Development Center at Mizzou as our featured guest for the KWIXland Business Spotlight. We commemorated SBDC Day, during which Paul highlighted the collaborative efforts between SBDC and MAEDC in providing resources to local businesses. It's important to note that small businesses, as defined by the SBDC, have 500 or fewer employees. Take a moment to listen in and discover how SBDC and MAEDC could potentially support your business.

While you're at it, mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 9th at noon to delve deeper into the services offered by the SBDC at Mizzou.


NECAC Breaks Ground for Senior Apartments in Moberly

NECAC and its construction partners broke ground March 21 on the $14 million conversion of the former Moberly Junior High School to the 40-unit Tannehill Senior Apartments.


The development at 101 N. Johnson at the west end of downtown Moberly will feature units of one or two bedrooms with major appliances for income-qualifying people ages 55 and older. The complex will also have a community room.


NECAC President and Chief Executive Officer Dan Page offered historical highlights of the building and praised Moberly city government, schools and residents for their fortitude.


“Moberly has throughout its history been a city that makes a difference when and where it can, going over, around and sometimes even through barriers to obtain a worthwhile goal. No single partner in this project could have made the strides that have been made without those alliances and willingness of others to contribute, in whatever way that might be, toward this goal of resurrecting this building and the surrounding area so that a new need of the community might be fulfilled. So, to each of you, I say ‘Thank you.’”


NECAC Deputy Director for Housing Development Programs Carla Potts noted the project has been in the works for more than three years.


“After much time and support from the City of Moberly, our investors and the Missouri Housing Development Commission, we are excited to get this project under way,” Potts said. “We feel it will help seniors age in place in their surroundings on their terms.”


ND Consulting Group President Ken Nuernberger complimented Moberly for sticking with the project and said the apartments will not only provide housing going forward but harken to the history of the school and the vitality of the downtown area.


“We want to get this done in the next year to 18 months,” Nuernberger said of construction.

Brad Reiff of Midwest Housing Equity Group said he looked “forward to coming out to the ribbon cutting next year.”


Moberly Mayor Tim Brubaker praised the many city officials who backed the renovation and said the project would be “great for Moberly and the downtown.” And he told visitors about a personal experience from his schooldays there. It involved the stretch from the front entrance to the south side of the building.


“I can remember going down that hallway,” Brubaker said. “It was a long hallway when you had to go to the principal’s office. I only had to do it once.”


J.W. Ballinger of the Moberly Historic Preservation Commission noted that apartment residents also may have attended the school. “These old buildings hold a lot of memories,” he said.


Moberly City Manager Michael Bugalski spoke to the repurposing aspect of the project, saying it was a “celebration of a whole new generation” that would utilize the former school.


Sarah Graff of U.S. Rep. Sam Graves’ office thanked NECAC for its housing efforts and said the agency’s “impact is hard to overstate.”


The main portion of the two-story brick facility was built in 1930. It was last used for classes in 1997. The oldest part of the structure was an auditorium that dated to 1917 and was demolished with the gymnasium in 2018.


NECAC was awarded federal tax credits and Missouri HOME program dollars in December 2020 to finance the work. Construction was delayed due to the COVID pandemic and resulting higher costs for materials.


In addition to the apartments, NECAC, the Randolph County Caring Communities Partnership and the Horizon Housing Foundation will provide services such as financial fitness, exercise, nutrition and healthy cooking classes, food assistance in cooperation with local farmers’ markets, a health checkup clinic, computer and internet accessibility and transportation assistance.


Since 1997, NECAC has been a partner in the construction, renovation, management or planned development of more than 1,300 apartments and homes for the elderly, families and the disabled in 27 Missouri communities. The developments represent an investment of more than $90 million in the development of quality, affordable housing.



Ground was broken March 21 for the $14 million conversion of the former Moberly Junior High School at 101 N. Johnson to 40 senior apartments. Pictured, from left, are J.W. Ballinger of the Moberly Historic Preservation Commission, Moberly Mayor Tim Brubaker, Sarah Graff of U.S. Rep. Sam Graves’ office, Brad Reiff of Midwest Housing Equity Group, NECAC President and Chief Executive Officer Dan Page and ND Consulting Group President Ken Nuernberger.


SAVE THE DATE - Glasgow's 12th Annual Wine Walk is Saturday, April 13th!


Walmart believes that strengthening local communities creates value for both business and society. Each year, Walmart U.S. stores, Sam's Clubs, and Distribution Centers award local cash grants ranging from $250 to $5,000. These local grants are designed to address the unique needs of communities where their stores operate.


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Congratulations to Zaquiel Houston on the opening of Methodz Barbershop located in downtown Fayette. If you are in the area, stop by and check out his shop located at 112 South Main Street in Fayette, MO.

Click here to book an appointment or explore pricing.





Thank You Industrial Club Sponsors!

The collective efforts of our Industrial Club members have not only strengthened our organization but have also had a profound impact on the lives of countless individuals in our community. Together, we have been able to generate job opportunities, enhance workforce development, and foster an environment conducive to innovation and prosperity.




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