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MAEDC NEWSLETTER | December 26, 2023

Randy Asbury Recognized at December Board Meeting

Randy Asbury was acknowledged during last week’s board of directors meeting for his dedicated service to the Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation. Randy retired on Friday, December 15th, after four years of service at MAEDC.

"On behalf of the Board of Directors, we express our sincere appreciation to Randy Asbury for his four years of unwavering dedication at MAEDC. Your commitment has left an indelible mark, and your contributions have been instrumental in shaping our success. Thank you, Randy, for your tireless service and the positive impact you've had on our organization. Wishing you continued success in all your future endeavors," said Chuck McKeown, Board Chair.



KWIXLand Business Spotlight: Michael Eaton, Executive Director of the Missouri Association of Manufacturers

December's guest on KWIXLand in the Morning's business spotlight is Michael Eaton, Executive Director of the Missouri Association of Manufacturers. The Missouri Association of Manufacturers (MAM) has been a not-for-profit organization since 1993 with the vision of promoting, preserving, and advancing manufacturing in the state of Missouri. They are dedicated to bringing value to the manufacturers of Missouri. Michael has extensive experience working with major retailers to bring products to market in the housewares and outdoor industries, as well as in process development design.

Visit to learn more about the Missouri Association of Manufacturers and the Midwest Manufacturers Trade Show and Conference.


The Midwest Manufacturers Trade Show & Conference brings together manufacturers, suppliers, industry experts, advanced technologies, and support services from across the Midwest for two days of learning, sharing and connecting.


In today's highly competitive world of change and uncertainty, those who build trust, lead with courage, and collaborate with others will dodge the missiles of adversity and win. This year's theme, Never Fly Solo, comes from our Keynote Speaker, Lt. Col. Waldo Waldman. His presentation Tuesday night, along with every breakout session during this two-day event, will provide tools to overcome obstacles, break performance barriers, and take charge of change during adverse times.


Leadership Northeast - Enroll Now for 2024!

What is Leadership Northeast Missouri?

A regional leadership institute, which consists of six learning and networking sessions throughout the northeast Missouri region. The learning topics include: Transportation/Infrastructure, Healthcare, Workforce, Broadband/Agriculture, Navigating Government Systems. The leadership component utilizes the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test, along with the Army Training Manual to round out the leadership conversation.


Who Should Participate?

Anyone interested in enhancing their leadership skills and gaining a deeper understanding of our region. Leaders and future leaders.


Why Should I Participate?

  • Boost your leadership skills

  • Develop a deeper understanding of issues facing our region

  • Enhance your ability to evaluate issues in a regional context

  • Identify avenues for active participation at the local and regional level

  • Create a network of regional contacts



For over two decades, the Best of Rural Missouri Readers' Choice contest has provided audiences with the opportunity to share their favorite restaurants, festivals, destinations, and activities to enjoy with friends and family across the Show-Me State. Each year, thousands of votes are submitted, highlighting all there is to love about Missouri.

Based on your votes, Rural Missouri will announce a winner, runner-up, and editors' choice in each category. Online voters will have the chance to win a sweepstakes prize package valued at $500! The contest and sweepstakes winners will be revealed in our April 2024 edition. Take a moment to nominate your favorite Rural Missouri businesses using the link provided below.


This February MU will be launching their 3-day intensive program jointly offered by the University of Missouri- Columbia’s College of Engineering and the Missouri Training Institute. The Leadership Institute is ideal for the heavy civil, commercial, or industrial construction industries and is a great opportunity for employers looking to invest in their employee’s professional growth. Over 11.9% of Missouri job postings in the construction industry in 2022 were for construction managers. 


The Leadership Institute is designed to meet this demand for construction managers by supporting employers with growth from within. Leadership Institute Participants will engage in workshops to enhance their supervisory skills and gain fundamental knowledge in construction contracts, estimating, planning and scheduling, construction safety, and workforce trends and issues directly impacting the construction industry. Registration is open and spots for the 2024 Leadership Institute cohort are limited. PDHs are available.


Visit the Construction Management Leadership Institute for more information.  


Program Dates:

Wednesdays, February 7, 14, and 21 in Columbia, Missouri.

Daily schedule from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Closing ceremony and networking reception on February 23.



Year in Review - 2023

As we approach the close of another year, it brings us great pleasure to extend our heartfelt gratitude to you for your unwavering support and commitment to the Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation (MAEDC). 2023 has been a year filled with remarkable achievements, growth, and transformation, and it is thanks to your partnership that we continue to advance and shape the economic landscape of our community. You can find some of the key highlights from this year in the attached flyer.


Small Businesses Power America's Rural Economies

Small businesses power ⚡ America's rural economies! Learn about funding options, export assistance, and other programs and services to help rural entrepreneurs compete in the marketplace:


We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all those who actively participated in the various surveys conducted by the Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation (MAEDC) over the past few months.

Your valuable input has played a crucial role in shaping the 2023-24 MAEDC Labor Commuting Report and the 2023-24 MAEDC Wages and Benefits Survey. We are pleased to share the results of these surveys with you, and you can access the reports through the following links:

Your commitment to providing accurate and insightful information has significantly contributed to our understanding of the regional economic landscape. We believe that these reports will serve as valuable resources for businesses, policymakers, and the community at large.

As we move forward, we remain committed to gathering comprehensive data throughout the region. We encourage everyone to continue participating in future surveys, as your input is instrumental in helping us paint an accurate and dynamic picture of our evolving community.


Missouri Economic Dashboard


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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