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Empowering the Future: Manufacturing Day Inspires High Schoolers in Moberly, MO

The demand for manufacturing workers is on the rise, and companies are recognizing the value of investing in skilled talent. We'd like to extend our gratitude to Orscheln Products for their recent hosting of an event on Manufacturing Day, where they welcomed 180 high school students. This event provided these young individuals with a unique insight into the vast career opportunities within the manufacturing industry.

As we reflect on our remarkable visit to Orscheln Products last Wednesday, we can't help but celebrate their annual Manufacturing Day with great enthusiasm. Among the attendees was Kaylee Paffrath, who, along with more than 180 high school students from the local area, had the privilege to explore the multitude of career possibilities offered by Orscheln Products.

Throughout their visit, they were treated to an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the facilities, had the chance to explore the test lab, and made stops at each station within the manufacturing plant. It was an enriching and eye-opening day, providing our young talents with the fantastic opportunity to uncover the diverse career paths available right here in Moberly, MO.


City of Moberly Secures $1.5 Million EDA Grant to Boost Infrastructure

The city of Moberly is set to receive a $1.5 million from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). This funding is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce's broader commitment, amounting to $2.8 million, aimed at facilitating crucial infrastructure improvements to bolster the present and future business landscape in Missouri. Moberly will allocate the grant primarily for the enhancement of roadway infrastructure in and around an industrial park, with the extension of Robertson Road being the key focus. Tom Sanders, Director of Moberly Public Works, highlighted the pivotal role this funding will play in expanding two other roads, fostering direct connectivity within the industrial park, notably near Swift Prepared Foods. The city of Moberly is also contributing $1.6 million to this road improvement initiative, a sum derived from two other grant projects: the Governor's Transportation Cost-Share and industrial site grant funding. Sanders emphasized the necessity of this additional funding to achieve comprehensive road connectivity within the industrial park. Robertson Road is the central thoroughfare required for a direct connection, and the existing funding was insufficient to complete the project. This grant, in conjunction with the road improvement, promises to unlock opportunities for businesses within the Moberly industrial park to expand and thrive. Sanders explained that this newfound infrastructure will render the location more attractive for expansion, thus providing existing facilities with greater expansion potential and potentially enticing further growth and development. Congressman Sam Graves, representing Missouri's 6th District, underscored the positive impact that improved roadways will have on Moberly. He stated, "Developing the industrial park in Moberly will greatly benefit business expansion efforts. Adequate road infrastructure is always a challenge to these developments, and this grant will go a long way towards alleviating that challenge." Sanders emphasized the city's commitment to a swift implementation, with the next step being to secure engineering approval through the EDA. He explained, "As we are doing a partnership with other grant funds, timing is essential, so we're going to be working really quick to try and get that in front of them, get it approved, and then get the engineering started." Notably, the city of Washington will also receive an EDA grant worth $1.3 million, aimed at critical infrastructure improvements to support a new industrial park and promote business growth in the area. References: EDA Public Affairs Department, (2023, September 28). U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $2.8 Million to Boost Businesses and Grow Jobs in Missouri. U.S. Economic Development Administration. Reporter, S. W., KOMU 8. (2023, September 29). Moberly granted $1.5 million for infrastructure improvements. KOMU 8.



SBDC Roadshow in Glasgow, MO - November 8th

The Small Business Development Center Roadshow is coming to town on November 8th and you won't want to miss it! This FREE event will provide you with valuable resources, expert advice, and networking opportunities to help your business succeed.

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023

3:00 pm

at Arthur Morris Lifestyle Wealth Mgmt.,

518 1st St, Glasgow, MO 65254


Small Business Federal Contracting Certifications--8(a) and HUBZone - November 14th

SBA Overview (How SBA Can Help YOUR Small Business) - November 14th


In partnership with Uber, MoDOT is offering $10 vouchers for Uber ride-shares from now until December 31, 2023. Each person can claim the $10 voucher 2 times to be used within the State of Missouri. The rides are available daily from 5:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. The code is SoberMO23.


MU Health Care, Moberly Regional Medical Center Announce Strategic Relationship

With a shared commitment for improving rural access to quality healthcare, Moberly Regional Medical Center and University of Missouri Health Care have formed a strategic relationship designed to increase access to specialty services and enhance healthcare for people living in northeastern Missouri. The relationship will bring MU Health Care physicians and specialty services to Moberly, expanding medical services that MRMC can offer locally and connecting patients who may need it to higher level care in Columbia. This unprecedented strategic partnership was formalized for the local patient in mind, from minor procedures to specialized surgical matters. Moberly Regional Medical Center will now meet the needs of all who are seeking medical attention in Moberly and the surrounding southern Randolph County area. “Combining the roots, relationships and strengths of our community hospital with the expertise of a premier academic health system is a winning formula that creates comprehensive care, more options and can keep local residents close to home when they need medical care,” said Michael Hall, Moberly Regional Medical Center CEO. “Our collaboration fulfills the commitment we have to serve our community and MU Health Care's commitment to ensure continued access to quality healthcare in Missouri's rural communities.” “We are very happy with this alignment in place, I’m ecstatic to say the least,” said Nim Chinniah, vice chancellor for health affairs, MU Health Care. “We have always worked with Moberly Regional Medical Center in the past but this really localizes our MU Health Care professionals so that they will be serving the community in which they live, so people around town will see our hospital workers around the community, around the corner and waiting in line at the grocery store, it will all be more cohesively put together.” The alignment builds upon an existing relationship MU Health Care and MRMC have in which MU Health Care physicians staff Moberly Regional’s Emergency Department to ensure immediate access to high-level care in a medical crisis and the ability to tap into University Hospital’s Level 1 trauma center, Level 1 STEMI center and Comprehensive Stroke Center. “This strategic relationship aligns with our commitment to expand access to healthcare in Missouri’s rural communities and affirms our mission to save and improve lives,” said Chinniah. “Not only will this improve care for northeast Missourians where they live, but we will be able to better connect them with more than 600 MU Health Care doctors in more than 80 specialties working together to ensure they receive the highest quality care possible.” Chinniah also mentioned that “MU will not be taking over, partnering or merging with Moberly Regional but instead will be expanding their extensive relationship with Moberly Regional to provide more localized care that meets the needs of the community which will bring MU specialist, doctors, nurses, surgeons, and physicians to Moberly Regional Hospital,” “Community members will no longer have to commute back and forth late at night to Columbia for health care, and we want it to remain local as well as community based for all residents of Randolph County to get the best high quality local care as possible,” mentioned Chinniah. Article originally published 10/4/2023 in the Moberly Monitor Index.


Moberly Area Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cuttings



ATTENTION fishers/boat owners It might be getting a little chilly out for fishing but don't put that boat up for the year just yet! Our 17th Annual Glasgow Winter Boat Parade is just around the corner. Join in the fun on Saturday, November 25th at 6:30pm. Entries can be made in person (at Beckett's, The River Bend Restaurant, Market Street Floral or The Glasgow Missourian), by phone (660-324-1242) or online

Moberly's Christmas Festival will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2023, in the Moberly Depot District. This event features local shopping & dining, Christmas parade, live reindeer, Mayor's Tree Lighting, & much more! Parade application and more details can be found at

Join us for our Annual Festival of Lights with a Christmas Parade Kick Off, Saturday, December 2nd, 2023. It's the most magical time of the year in Downtown Fayette!

The festivities will begin with holiday shopping and eating in downtown Fayette. Followed by a magical Christmas Parade at 5:30pm. The lighting of the Fayette Magic Tree & Courthouse Light Show coordinated to music will follow the parade, with a special visit from SANTA!

This year's parade theme is "Holiday Movie Marathon" - prizes will be awarded for top floats.


Public Notice

The Missouri Department of Economic Development Community Development Block Grant Program is opening the CDBG Industrial Infrastructure Program at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 4, 2023. The Industrial Infrastructure Program is an open cycle program, meaning applications will be accepted year-round until available funding is exhausted.

This program helps communities develop public infrastructure that allows industries to locate new facilities, expand existing facilities, prevent the closing of a facility or the relocation of a facility outside the state. Grant funds may be used for public streets, water or sewer lines, engineering and other public facilities necessary to support the private sector project. A public entity must own the facilities to be funded. Links to the online application, application documents, and application guidelines are listed below.

For more information on the CDBG Industrial Infrastructure Program, please contact Debbie Feeback, Chief Development Officer at or Harry E. Bozoian, CBDG Planning Specialist at


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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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