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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at the Port of Howard/Cooper County Expanding Infrastructure to Support Regional Growth

New Franklin, MO — May 9, 2024 — The Boonslick Economic Development Corporation (BCDC) and the Howard County Economic Development Council (HCEDC) are pleased to announce a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of a transformative infrastructure project at the Port of Howard/Cooper County. The ceremony will take place on Friday, May 17th, at 10:00 a.m.

This event represents the culmination of extensive collaboration and financial support from various grants, including those from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). This expansion will provide a substantial boost to the port's operational capacity and resilience, benefiting the local community and the broader regional economy.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will include remarks from local officials, representatives from the port authority, and key stakeholders involved in the project. Attendees will have an opportunity to network and discuss the positive impact this expansion will have on the local economy.

Members of the media and the public are invited to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Please RSVP by May 15th to Gigi Quinlan McAreavy at or Kaylee Paffrath at


Event Details:

Date: Friday, May 17, 2024

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Location: Port of Howard/Cooper County

Address: 103 County Road 463, New Franklin, Missouri 65274


For additional information, please contact Kaylee Paffrath at 660-263-8811 or Gigi Quinlan McAreavy at 660-882-4001.


Media Contact:

Gigi Quinlan McAreavy Director of Economic Development Boonville/Cooper County O: 660-882-4001 C: 660-621-1875

Kaylee Paffrath

President/CEO of Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation, economic development service provider for the Howard County Economic Development Council

O: 660-263-8811 C: 660-353-0724


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