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MAEDC Newsletter | July 24, 2023

Missouri Northeast Annual Meeting Re-Cap

Randy Asbury and Kaylee Paffrath participated in the Missouri Northeast Annual meeting last Friday at the Silver Rails Event Center in Macon, MO. During the event, Kaylee was nominated for the position of Vice President of Missouri Northeast. The Missouri Northeast Development Partnership was established in 2008 and represents various cities, counties, and organizations in the Northeast Missouri region. Its primary goal is to stimulate job creation and boost capital investment in the area. To achieve this, Missouri Northeast collaborates with partners at the regional, state, and national levels to promote the region as an attractive destination for potential new industries. Additionally, apart from focusing on economic development, the organization emphasizes education, networking with strategic partners, and advocating for common issues affecting the region. Presenters included Leslie Sieck Vice President for Economic and Workforce Development at Culver-Stockton College and Executive Director of the Tri-State Summit, Deborah Price Vice President of Business Recruitment and General Council for Missouri Partnership, Shawna Searcy, Deputy Director of Regional Engagement for the Missouri Department of Economic Development, as well as several legislative updates.


Business Bites at MAEDC

We want to express our gratitude to everyone who attended our inaugural Lunch & Learn event with the Small Business Development Center in Moberly, MO, on July 13th. We had an amazing turnout, with entrepreneurs and small business owners from three different counties joining us. The energy and ideas shared by this fantastic group are sure to make a positive impact on the Moberly Area.

As we are committed to supporting the local entrepreneurial ecosystem, we are thrilled to announce that we have planned five more Lunch & Learn sessions for this year! We look forward to seeing even more enthusiastic participants and fostering further growth and collaboration in the community.

Join us on the 2nd Tuesday of every month for an afternoon of networking and insightful presentations. The event kicks off at 11:30 am with a networking session, providing you with ample opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals, exchange ideas, and explore potential collaborations. It's the perfect chance to expand your professional network and build meaningful relationships within the business ecosystem.

These workshops are open to all individuals interested in either starting or expanding their business. We encourage you to stay tuned for more upcoming Business Bites events in Howard County. There will be plenty of opportunities to learn and engage with like-minded entrepreneurs, so be sure not to miss out!


  • TUESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2023 AT 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM; Topic: Building a Business Plan

  • TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2023 AT 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

  • TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2023 AT 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

  • TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2023 AT 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2023 AT 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM


Future Missouri Route 3 Project Update in Randolph County

HANNIBAL – The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has been preparing for a road realignment project on Missouri Route 3 between U.S. Route 24 and Route BB in Randolph County.

"We have worked through the right of way process with the project currently on schedule to go out for bid in the August letting. Bids will be presented to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for action at the September 7 meeting," explained Northeast District Engineer Paula Gough.

The decision was made in 2021 to close the road when a significant slide caused unstable soil conditions in the area. HNTB has conducted the necessary environmental evaluation to determine a viable design solution. This included a review of soil conditions, slopes of the quarry pits on either side of Route 3, and the excavated caves below this area. The proposed work would involve shifting the road to the west by 15’-30’ and lowering it by 10’-15’ to ensure a favorable location.

For more information on this and other projects in your area, please contact MoDOT’s Customer Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK MODOT (275-6636). You can also visit us online at


Recovery Friendly Workplace: Reimagining Today's Workforce

Join the University of Missouri Extension for Recovery Friendly Workplaces: Reimagining Today’s Workforce Statewide Meeting presented by Recovery Friendly Workplaces Missouri. With a focus on creating recovery-friendly workplaces, this meeting will explore ways to promote a healthy and productive workforce by fostering a workplace culture that promotes employee safety, health, and well-being through strategies that provide support for managers and employees, including reducing stigma and providing recovery resources related to the challenges surrounding substance use disorders.

This class will be offered in-person in Columbia, MO or online. Those attending online will be emailed the link about a week prior to the training.

Why you want to be part of the conversation:

  • Learn more about Recovery Friendly Workplaces

  • Network with businesses and organizations that are interested in creating supportive safe environments

  • Together we can impact the economy and workforce by supporting employees affected by substance use disorder


Take a look inside the Mark Twain Regional Review Newsletter: July 2023

  • Clerk's Lunch and Learn Training Event

  • CDBG in Action: Macon Wifi Park

  • CDBG in Action: Elmer Demolition

  • Northeast District MoDOT News

  • Mark Twain Revolving Loan Fund (RLF)

  • And more!


Looking for Warehouse Storage for Bales near Columbia, MO We have a client who is on the hunt for a space the meets the following requirements within 60 miles of Columbia, MO:

  • Size: At least 10,000 sq ft

  • Doors: Approximately 15 ft for easy movement of bales in and out

  • Flooring: Concrete floor not necessary

  • Lease: At least 2 years, possibly longer

  • Seasonal Activity: Most activity during September through November, but some bales stored year-round

If you have any leads or recommendations, please send us an email at! Your assistance could be a huge help to our client. They are also open to considering larger warehouse spaces if available!



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