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MAEDC NEWSLETTER | February 5, 2024

Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation (MAEDC) Board Proudly Welcomes Dr. Cliff Miller to its Board of Directors

The Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation (MAEDC) Board proudly welcomes Dr. Cliff Miller to its Board of Directors. Dr. Miller's appointment was confirmed during the January board meeting, marking an exciting addition to the organization's leadership.

With a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to community prosperity, Dr. Miller brings invaluable insights to the boardroom. As the owner of Green Hills Veterinary Clinic in Moberly, Missouri, his dedication to serving the local community and fostering economic growth aligns seamlessly with the mission of the MAEDC Board.

“I'm excited about the opportunity to serve the Moberly area and help in any way I can to attract jobs and aid in the growth and healthy future for our community. I think continued job formation and business growth is extremely important to the wellbeing of a community and it's citizens," said Dr. Miller.

“Dr. Miller's blend of professional experience, local insight, and dedication to excellence will undoubtedly enrich the strategic initiatives and endeavors of the Moberly Area Economic Development Board,” said Kaylee Paffrath, Director of Business Development for MAEDC.

The Moberly Area Economic Development Board looks forward to Dr. Miller's valuable contributions and collaborative spirit as they continue to champion economic growth and innovation in the Moberly Area.


Register Now for the Mid-Mo School of Leadership and Culture

At Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation, we deeply understand the significance of cultivating a robust company culture. That's why we are thrilled to announce the launch of the 2024 VPCulture School of Leadership. This live training program is tailored for leaders right here in Mid-Missouri, offering a comprehensive system designed to elevate your company culture and position it as the employer of choice.


Our year-long, in-depth training program for leaders kicks off on March 12, 2024. Join us on this transformative journey as we provide the tools and insights necessary to shape a thriving and positive workplace culture. Don't miss the opportunity to enhance your leadership skills and contribute to the success of your organization. Let's build a workplace where everyone can thrive!


The VP Culture School of Leadership includes:

·         4 Live Interactive Workshops

·         A guided process to an Optimal Culture

·         Follow-up Resources between Workshops

·         Access to Workbooks and Online Resources

·         Taught by an Organizational Psychologist

·         Great for all levels of leaders in your org


Who Should Attend

It is recommended that top and middle managers should attend. Although the training is helpful for employees of all levels.


Location: Moberly EDC 115 N Williams St, Moberly, MO - All courses will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


The Four Workshops:

  • Culture Science March 12

  • Personality Science May 21

  • Emotional Science July 30

  • Values Science October 1Online video of workshops available upon request for those who have difficulty attending the live event. 



Instead of each organization paying high consulting fees for individualized training, we gain from the economy of scale by offering the training to the entire business community. Pricing includes all four sessions.

$75.00 / Employee quarterly

$300.00 / Employee for full training


Would you like to learn more? Join us for a free webinar on February 8th at 10:00 am CST to learn more about the program.


Missouri SBDC Growth/Elevate Program

The Missouri SBDC is introducing their newest program, Elevate!


It's designed for businesses that are scaling in employee size and revenue. It recognizes that as you grow, your priorities change, tasks evolve, and plans adapt. It's designed to provide guidance to grow sales and achieve higher profits. 


A few examples of how it's helped other business owners include: 

  • Learn how to recruit, retain, and develop talented employees. 

  • Get a handle on your financial management and understand what your books are telling you. 

  • Bring in best practices around operations to complement your managers' working knowledge. 

  • Prepare to export — from documentation to identifying global markets and setting up distribution channels. 

  • Explore new markets, create prospect lists for those markets, or analyze competitors while addressing your sales and marketing process. 


This program is offered in partnership with the statewide Missouri SBDC and the Edward Lowe Foundation. The best part is that this program is offered at no charge, thanks to grant funding and the Southern Missouri Innovation Network


To qualify for the program, companies must be:

  • Privately held. 

  • Employing 10-100 full-time equivalent employees. 

  • Reporting annual revenue of $1-$50 million. 

  • Have the desire and capacity to grow.


The program is between a $5000 and $10,000 value that is offered at no cost. Please have potential businesses Schedule a meeting with Lance Coffman using this link to learn more or email Mark Christian, EDFP at


Public Policy Updates

Kaylee Paffrath, Director of Business Development, attended the Missouri Economic Development Council’s (MEDC) Economic Issues Summit last week in Jefferson City. This marked the first MEDC event of the year and presented a valuable opportunity to network with other economic development organizations throughout the state of Missouri. The event's primary focus was on the current legislative outlook. Guest speakers included Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe, Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, and several other distinguished guests. Kaylee serves as the MEDC District 2 Public Policy Representative.

MEDC Public Policy Agenda - 2023-24 (1)
Download PDF • 374KB

2024 MO NE Legislative Issues Handout
Download PDF • 130KB

Weekly update from the Nexus Group...


This week, MEDC testified in support of one bill that would fulfill a priority within our public policy agenda. The Senate Committee on Fiscal Oversight heard SB 876, which would create a new tax credit for short-line railroad infrastructure investments and for investments in railroad spurs tied to economic development projects. The committee is expected to vote on this bill next week. Also, next week the House Committee on Rural Community Development will hear Rep. Greg Sharpe’s HB 2407. This bill would create tax incentives to support the development of workforce housing. MEDC will be there to testify in support of the bill.


After four weeks of gridlock, senators, staff and Capitol regulars briefly became hopeful this week after leadership and the freedom caucus struck a deal on moving the Initiative Petition bills. It seemed as if the whole Senate chamber was finally willing to let the gubernatorial appointments go through. As soon as the motion was made to approve the appointments, Senator Mike Moon picked up a book and shut down the Senate floor in an attempt to block former Senator Dan Hegeman’s appointment to the Highway Commission. During his filibuster, Senator Moon recalled a time the former Appropriations Chairman refused to help override one of Governor Mike Parson’s vetoes, however, after a 16-hour filibuster, the gubernatorial appointments were all approved, including Dan Hegeman.


Meanwhile, the full House continues to work on their priorities and they approved their first bill this week relating to open enrollment for school districts. With five weeks of legislative session complete and only fifteen remaining, all eyes continue to remain on the Senate as they have yet to be able to function, much less advance any legislation.


Howard Electric Cooperative is pleased to offer the Howard Electric Lineman Scholarship again this year.

This $1,000 academic scholarship is awarded annually to a student pursuing an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Electrical Distribution Systems at State Technical College of Missouri or Ozarks Technical Community College.

In addition to fulfilling scholarship criteria, consideration is based on availability of funds.

Application deadline is March 8, 2024.

Visit their website for more information:



You are invited to the fifth annual Boonslick Expo for Education and Employment

Date: Wednesday, March 27

Time: 9:00 to 11:00 am

Location: Isle of Capri Casino Hotel, 100 Isle of Capri Blvd, Boonville, Missouri.

Participants: Graduating seniors looking for employment and juniors exploring employment and training options other than college

Organizers: Boonslick Workforce Development Community Action Team and schools in Cooper and Howard Counties.


This spring’s event focuses on career readiness and employment opportunities for graduating seniors looking for employment or on the job training directly out of high school. Seniors from the eight high schools in the two counties plus seniors from schools in adjoining counties will be attending. Participating schools are expected to prepare students to come appropriately dressed, resume in hand, and ready to discuss opportunities with employers and training programs. This event will allow students to see the range of entry-level jobs, possible apprenticeships for earn while you learn opportunities, and short-term training options. Some of the participating seniors will be earning industry recognized credentials (IRCs) in their career tech programs. Our goal is to offer face-to-face networking for employers and future employees- offering a resume or application and scheduling a job shadow or interview date. Juniors who have shown a sincere interest in learning more about apprenticeships and training will also be invited to attend This is a professional event focused on gaining employment; it is not a general career fair. The planners want this Expo to serve the needs of both the jobseeker and employer.


Sponsorships Available : Your $200 sponsorship means your organization will be featured on the EXPO website and welcome banner at the event.

Basic registration is FREE this year.


Please contact:

Cheri Cherry, CMCA Community Organizer for Cooper and Howard Counties,, 660-882-5601 ext. 1004

Follow the EXPO of Facebook: and online: https://


50 By Friday

Last week, Kaylee Paffrath was invited to attend a special presentation at Moberly Area Community College, where Professor William King hosted Dr. Sean Siebert as a guest speaker in his Marketing Class. During the presentation, Dr. Siebert introduced his innovative "50 by Friday" program, sharing impactful stories of students as young as 9 who were touched by his powerful message. He recounted inspiring tales of teenagers who were beginning to stray down troubled paths but managed to turn their lives around and achieve their $50 by Friday goals.

Dr. Siebert also discussed his significant work within the Missouri Prison System, highlighting his efforts to improve the lives of those within our correctional system and sharing insights on coping with grief. Following his presentation, Mr. King’s students contributed $1,500 towards Dr. Siebert's efforts. This contribution will help expand the availability of his book, "Fighting the Good Fight: Finding Hope Where Hope Has Been Lost," to six additional county jails.


Available Sites and Buildings


Missouri STEM Initiative - Join Today!

Are you ready to embark on a journey of innovation, discovery, and education? Look no further! The Missouri STEM Initiative is here to make a lasting impact on our community and beyond.

HELP WANTED signs are popping up everywhere, and we believe the key to a brighter future lies in empowering our kiddos with the skills of tomorrow.

Visit to learn more.


You are invited to participate in Westran's Flex Program

A letter from the instructor:

For those of you who don't know me, I am Westran's shop teacher. I have been working to reinvigorate our shop program with more welding, woodworking, and general construction. All my students are proficient in measuring. Most are good with converting inches to feet and feet to inches, concrete calculations, and power tool usage. I am seeking student "internship" placements. I am attaching our flex program document so you know the policy we have in place to ensure students are working to their fullest potential. We also have other students who may not be interested in manufacturing but could fill other roles.

Not all of our students are 18 so if that is a requirement for the position please let me know. I require all my students to complete a pre-employment program before eligibility. Some of our students are eligible to leave school early.

Some of you have donated materials and money to help build my program. It is greatly appreciated. In the future I am trying to purchase a planer and I need a new program board for my CNC machine. Shop programs are not eligible for state funding so your help is always appreciated.


Allan Sharrock

Westran Industrial Technology and Ag Mechanics Teacher


Leadership Northeast - Enroll Now for 2024!


Save the Date! Missouri Startup Weekend is April 5th!

Participants work together over a 3 day period to develop a business idea and compete for the chance to win significant monetary investment and mentorship to get their startup off the ground. Over the last decade, Missouri Startup Weekend has been the birthplace for billion dollar startup ideas. Those founders have returned with an entire community to help other entrepreneurs do the same.


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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