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MAEDC NEWSLETTER | January 8, 2024

Howard County Economic Development Council Hosts Annual Meeting

The Howard County Economic Development Council (HCEDC) convened its annual meeting last week at Central Methodist University, drawing a great community turnout. The Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation (MAEDC) serves as the economic development service provider for the HCEDC.


Richard Fowler, retired CEO of Howard Electric Cooperative, set the tone for the meeting by taking attendees on a trip down memory lane. He delved into the origins of the HCEDC and its pivotal role in retaining Missouri Pacific Lumber in Howard County following the 1993 flood.


Amber Overfelt, the current CEO of Howard Electric and Chair of HCEDC, moderated the meeting, outlining goals for the upcoming year. JB Waggoner, a board member of both HCEDC and MAEDC, and Kaylee Paffrath, the Director of Business Development for MAEDC, also contributed their perspectives on upcoming projects and organizational goals.


Route 5 Bridge Replacement Public Meeting

Due to the inclement weather in the area, we are rescheduling this meeting for Jan. 30, 2024, from 4:30-6p.m. It will be located at the American Legion at 705 Washington Street in Glasgow.

Public Meeting

January 9, 2024

Public Meeting

A public open house will be held Jan. 9, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the American Legion at 705 Washington St. in Glasgow. There will be no formal presentation, so attendees may come and go anytime during the open house. Exhibits will outline the work being planned and the timing of construction.

The public is invited to provide comments and ask questions of the project team in person at the meeting, online or by mail by Jan. 23. Mailed comments should be postmarked on or before Jan. 23 and addressed to:

Howard County Missouri Route 5 Bear Creek Bridge Project

1511 Missouri Boulevard

Jefferson City, MO 65102

Meeting Exhibits

At the link below, find all available exhibits regarding the new bridge. Comments are accepted Jan. 9-23.

As someone with a vested interest in infrastructure projects in Howard County, you are invited to a public meeting on Jan. 9, 2024, regarding the planned bridge replacement on Missouri Route 5 over Bear Creek in Glasgow. The open-house style meeting will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the American Legion at 705 Washington Street in Glasgow. There will be no formal presentation, so attendees may come and go at any time during the advertised hours. Please note that the meeting schedule may change due to the forecasted winter weather event on Monday and Tuesday.

If you can’t attend the meeting, you can still participate by visiting Missouri Route 5 Bridge Replacement over Bear Creek in Howard | Missouri Department of Transportation ( There you can explore the proposed construction plans, provide input, and ask questions of the MoDOT designers and engineers.

Project materials will be available for viewing both at the in-person meeting and online. The public is invited and encouraged to offer input at the meeting or at any time during the two-week comment period, Jan. 9 - 23.


Public Policy Updates

The Missouri Economic Development Council (MEDC) and Missouri Northeast (MONE) have meticulously crafted comprehensive Public Policy agendas for the 2024 legislative session. These agendas encompass a range of issues critical to the economic development and well-being of our region. The key focus areas include workforce housing, incentives for businesses, childcare, and infrastructure.


At MAEDC we are excited to participate in various legislative events in Jefferson City during the month of January. These events provide an excellent platform to engage with policymakers, build relationships, and advocate for the interests outlined in our Public Policy agendas.


If there are specific topics within our agendas that you would like to explore further or join in advocating for, please do not hesitate to let us know. Your insights and support are instrumental in advancing our shared goals for the region.

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

2024 MO NE Legislative Issues Handout
Download PDF • 130KB


2024 Community Empowerment Grant Workshop presented by the Missouri Main Street Connection

Who Should Attend?


Any Missouri community interested in learning more about the time-tested Main Street principles for downtown revitalization and a 60/40 Matching Grant for assistance in establishing a not-for-profit, 501c3 Main Street organization in their historic commercial district should attend this workshop.


Child Care Expansion Grants

In a bid to address the pressing need for quality infant and toddler care in underserved areas, Missouri's Early Care and Education Connections has unveiled a promising funding opportunity. Geared towards licensed child care programs in regions identified as child care deserts, this initiative aims to increase accessibility to crucial early childhood education.

The funding allocation is contingent upon the number of infant and toddler slots added to existing programs, with an additional consideration for programs contracted with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to receive subsidy payments.

This strategic approach ensures that the financial support is targeted towards areas where it is needed the most, promoting equitable access to high-quality child care.

Deadline to apply for the Child Care Expansion for Infants and Toddlers is February 6, 2024.


Commercial Space for Lease

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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.


Mark Twain Regional Council of Governments continually strives to provide a wide range of professional services to its member governments and the communities it serves, addressing important issues that impact the quality of life of the residents within the region.

Please click the button below to view the January 2024 Edition of their newsletter, Mark Twain Regional Review.


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.


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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.


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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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