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February was a bustling month at MAEDC. We hit the road with Moberly Area Community College’s Dean of Workforce Development and Technical Education, Suzi McGarvey, and Director of Workforce Development, Brandi Glover, to enlighten area employers about the array of programs and degree paths available at MACC. They also shared insights on the Missouri Works Program, the state’s top incentive tool for expansion and retention. This program aids businesses in accessing capital through withholdings or tax credits for facility expansions and job creation. If you're involved in on-the-job training, it's worth discussing with MACC to explore potential funding opportunities.


Additionally, we had the pleasure of touring Associated Electric’s Thomas Hill Energy Center in Clifton Hill, Missouri. Employing approximately 215 individuals, the Thomas Hill Energy Center serves as a crucial resource for providing reliable, around-the-clock electricity to members at an affordable cost. The plant has garnered national recognition for its efficiency and successful transition to low-sulfur coal, resulting in a 90 percent reduction in sulfur dioxide emissions. And let’s not forget about the breathtaking views! Our region boasts beautiful landscapes, excellent fishing spots, and ideal flat areas for business location.


We're launching a quarterly Workforce/Manufacturers Roundtable series at the MAEDC office. This month, we welcomed MACC and eagerly anticipate hosting future sessions. You can RSVP on our website, and if there's a specific topic you’d like us to cover, please send it my way.


As I settle into my new role, I want to take a moment to express my gratitude for your kind words and congratulatory remarks. I feel truly blessed to lead an organization with such a rich history of supporting the workforce in the Moberly area. With the transition, we'll be moving to a monthly e-newsletter format. Unfortunately, there simply isn't enough time in the day to provide bi-weekly updates, but I don't want to miss out on spreading the good news of happenings in our region. Please feel free to reach out anytime. I look forward to serving our business community and wish you all a wonderful March.




Kaylee J. Paffrath, MBA


Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation

Ph: 660-263-8811


Suzi McGarvey, Dean of Workforce Development and Technical Education, and Brandi Glover, Director of Workforce Development at MACC, recently presented at our Manufacturer’s Round Table here at MAEDC. They discussed the array of programs and degree paths available at MACC and shared information about the Missouri Works Program with the group.


As the state’s number one incentive tool for expansion and retention, this program helps businesses access capital through withholdings or tax credits to embark on facility expansions and create jobs. Additionally, this program can assist businesses in purchasing equipment to maintain their facility in Missouri.



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 1

Online 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


Check out that view! Kaylee Paffrath, our President/CEO, and Tina Bealmer, our Office Manager, recently had the incredible opportunity to tour the Thomas Hill Energy Center. For 60 years, Associated Electric has provided reliable, wholesale power generation and high-voltage transmission to our six transmission co-op member-owners. They supply 51 local electric cooperatives in Missouri, Iowa and Oklahoma serving about 935,000 member homes, farms, schools and businesses.


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

Harness the Power of AI

March 21, 2024 | 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Columbia, Missouri

Business owners and leadership are invited to join us for a hands-on training on the practical implementations of artificial intelligence on business.

Why attend?

  • Broaden your understanding on how to stay ahead of this rapidly evolving landscape of technological leadership.

  • Learn the strategic applications and transformative potential of AI and how it’s shaping the future of business.

  • Learn best practices during a panel of experts who have successfully integrated AI into their enterprises.

Seats are limited. Lunch and parking provided. Stay ahead in an increasingly AI-driven world.

Cost: $290

Continuing Education: 0.5 CEUs or 5 PDHs | Digital Badge and Certificate

Partners: Mizzou Engineering


Last week, Kaylee Paffrath attended the Missouri Association of Manufacturers Tradeshow and Conference in the beautiful city of Branson, Missouri. Kaylee was accompanied by Stan Hulett from Big Rocks Manufacturing and Dave Patton from PEPCO, Inc. as they represented the Missouri STEM Initiative.

The Missouri STEM Initiative's mission is to align regional employment needs with education programs and support to develop, promote, and enhance our future Missouri workforce.

This was an excellent opportunity to network with Missouri Manufacturers. The event featured many engaging sessions and provided opportunities to delve deeper into the manufacturing landscape in Missouri. It's worth noting that the MAM is the only organization dedicated solely to representing the interests of Manufacturers in Missouri. Did you know that they offer an affordable health insurance option for Missouri Manufacturers?

To learn more about MAM visit:

To learn more about MSI visit:


Public Policy Updates


This week, the House Committee on Rural Community Development approved Rep. Greg Sharpe’s HB 2240, which would create a workforce housing investment trust fund to support the development of workforce housing. The Senate debated SB 742, sponsored by Sen. Lauren Arthur, which would create three new tax credit programs to support child care programs. The bill was laid over after Sen. Bill Eigel spent roughly an hour questioning Sen. Arthur and critiquing the proposal. Next week, the House Committee on Rules – Regulatory Oversight will hear HB 1480, which would create a new tax credit program to incentive large, advanced manufacturing projects, and HB 2240 (noted above). This is not a hearing where public testimony is accepted.


KWIXLand Business Spotlight: Amber Overfelt, General Manager/CEO of Howard Electric

Amber Overfelt was the February featured guest on KWIXLand's Business Spotlight. Take a listen as she shares valuable insights about economic development efforts in Howard County and the impact of entities like Howard Electric Cooperative on these endeavors. Support for such initiatives is typically heavily weighted towards public bodies, with some contributions from private or semi-private entities.


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

Tickets go on sales March 1st - more info to follow!







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.


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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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