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MAEDC Newsletter | Oct. 2, 2023

Asbury Announces Impending Retirement as President of Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation

Randy Asbury, president of the Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation (MAEDC), announced his impending retirement of December 15, 2023, at the September 19 MAEDC board meeting. Asbury was named president of Moberly Area Economic Development in 2022 after joining the organization in 2019.

A search for Asbury’s replacement will begin immediately with Asbury continuing to lead the organization during the search process.

Prior to joining MAEDC, Asbury represented Chariton, Macon, and Randolph counties in the Missouri legislature. He was also a Randolph County Western District Commissioner and the executive director for the Coalition to Protect the Missouri River for 15 years.

“As the dad of my four best friends, and the grandfather of three with hopefully more to come, Connie and I hope to spend a lot of quality time chasing kids, serving others, and pursuing ongoing interests,” stated Asbury.

“My nature is not to sit around so I intend to continue being productive while enjoying more time with my family."

“The opportunity provided to me by MAEDC leadership has been an honor. I wish them well as they find a capable replacement to lead the organization into the future.”

MAEDC promotes investment within Howard and Randolph counties for expansion of existing businesses, new business attraction, and community and entrepreneurial development.

If you are interested in apply for the position please visit:


Norfolk Southern Grant Programs

NS recently launched a new local grant program which includes two sections:

  • The Safety First Grant Program is designed to support first responders and organizations that work tirelessly to prevent and prepare for emergencies and ensure that community members get home safely each day.

  • The Thriving Communities Grant Program is designed to support nonprofits that promote economic opportunity, support vibrant community life, and provide equal access to basic life necessities – building a strong and resilient foundation for long-term prosperity.

Applications will be accepted through November 15 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. To learn more about each program, please visit the NS Corporate Giving website.


Employer Showcase

The Moberly Area Chamber of Commerce Employer Showcase is quickly approaching on October 19. This is an event where area high school students have the ability to learn about different careers in the Moberly Area and how they can obtain those careers. If you are an employer and would like to sign up head to our website here: ******Please note that this event is not a job fair.



Exporting 101 Are you curious about the world of exporting and its potential impact on your business growth? This session is tailor-made for you. Tue, October 10th at 11:30 am

Human Resources

Facing challenges in talent acquisition and retention? Don't miss our insightful discussion.

Tue, November 14th at 11:30 am


State of Manufacturing

The Landscape. We wanted to know about manufacturers’ perspectives on both the current state of their organization, as well as the current state of manufacturing in Missouri and in the United States. Perspectives on Workforce. Workforce continues to dominate headlines on a national, state, and local level, so we wanted to identify the unique workforce issues challenging manufacturers in Missouri. Internal Strategy & Operations. A portion of the research was dedicated to better understanding how manufacturers are using internal strategic and operational initiatives to overcome challenges facing their industry. Expectations for the Future. We wanted to know how manufacturers feel about the future of their organization, as well as their perspective on the outlook for the industry, more broadly. See the full State of Manufacturing Research Report to understand the industry, organization, and respondent information of those participating in the research.


KWIXLand Business Spotlight: Leslie Fischer, International Trade Director

We were delighted to have Leslie Fischer as our special guest on September's episode of the KWIXLand Business Spotlight. Leslie Fischer serves as the head of the International Trade program at the Missouri Small Business Development Centers (SBDC). In her capacity, Leslie plays a pivotal role in guiding companies as they shape their export strategies and navigate the complex landscape of global social responsibility. She is dedicated to providing education and fostering connections with various export assistance entities and trade opportunities. Before her tenure at the SBDC, Leslie Fischer contributed her expertise as an international marketing specialist for the Missouri Department of Agriculture and as an international trade specialist for the Missouri Department of Economic Development. In these roles, she played a crucial part in facilitating valuable trade opportunities for both Missouri-based companies and international buyers. Leslie's impressive educational background includes a Master's degree in Global Management from Fordham Gabelli School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Kansas. For a comprehensive look at our engaging conversation with Leslie Fischer, be sure to check out the full interview by following this link: Don't forget to mark your calendars for October 10th, as we invite you to join us for "Business Bites - Exporting 101." It promises to be an enlightening and informative event you won't want to miss! Click Here to RSVP!


Grant Opportunity

Small Business Saturday will be here soon (November 25th) and the Mark Twain Regional Council of Governments wants to help with YOUR campaign! Learn more and find the fillable application here:


Aerospace Special Processes Suppliers Summit 2023 October 10-12, 2023 | St. Louis, MO

What is Aerospace Special Processes Suppliers Summit? ASPSS is a unique venue in the US and offers a matchmaking event dedicated to surface treatment and finishing capabilities for aerospace manufacturing. The event focuses on chemical processes, heat treatment, materials testing, surface enhancement and related services. ASPSS is an opportunity for manufacturing engineers, fabrication, supply chain teams and vetted suppliers to come together through approved and pre-arranged meetings. Visitors will not be accepted. Typical distractions will be a NO-SHOW.




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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