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Missouri Economic Development Council Visits Fayette, MO for District 4 Meeting

The Howard County Economic Development Council (HCEDC) hosted the Missouri Economic Development Council (MEDC) District 4 in Fayette last week as they convened for their semi-annual meeting at Central Methodist University. Over 30 economic developers and their associates from throughout central and southern Missouri attended.

The meeting took place on Thursday, May 9th, focusing on Workforce Development. Dr. Roger Drake, CMU President, inaugurated the meeting with a warm welcome and an overview of the university's economic impact on the community. The university contributes $70.5 million annually to the Howard County economy and $123.1 million throughout the state of Missouri.

Julee Sherman, CFO and Vice President for Finance and Administration, was a featured guest who provided an overview of the college's programs, current and future projects, and introduced the $9 million student housing development, Eagle Plaza, located in downtown Fayette.

Shelle Jacobs, Missouri One Start Manager, presented on the various workforce development programs offered through the Missouri Department of Economic Development’s One Start program. Missouri One Start is the state’s premier workforce recruitment and training division, assisting eligible businesses of all sizes in staying competitive by providing customized recruitment assistance and resources to train and upskill new and existing employees.

Scott Morris, President of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, Landon Ball, President of the Fayette Chamber of Commerce, and Cana Conrow, Executive Director of Downtown Fayette, all presented overviews and project updates of their respective organizations and communities. The day concluded with a behind-the-scenes tour of Eagle Plaza and a sweet treat from Henry’s Hometown Ice Cream.

"This gathering provided a fantastic platform to connect with fellow professionals, learn about resources available to our employers, and highlight the charm of Fayette. A heartfelt appreciation goes to our gracious hosts at CMU and our lunch sponsor, HCEDC, for their contributions to our memorable experience," said Kaylee Paffrath, President/CEO of Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation, the economic development service provider for the Howard County Economic Development Council.

About MEDC: MEDC serves as the authoritative voice on economic development and related issues in Missouri. As a statewide nonprofit association of economic development professionals and community leaders, MEDC has been the unified voice of Missouri economic developers since 1979.


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