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Cavender Honored at Retirement Reception
5/5/11, Jefferson City, MO
Richard Cavender, Executive Director of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission in St. James, Missouri, was honored by his colleagues and friends at a reception and dinner at the Jefferson City Country Club May 5th, 2011. Cavender, who is retiring from MRPC after 32 years of distinguished service, is widely considered one of the founding fathers of regionalism in the State of Missouri.

Fellow executive directors and planning partners listened intently as Cavender recounted his early days with Missouri's regional planning commissions, first with Mid-America Regional Council in Kansas City and then Meramec RPC. Several stories were told of harrowing hiking and motorcycle mishaps, but most of all friends and colleagues simply took time to say "congratulations" on an exemplary career in public service, and "thank you" for paving the way for regional agencies in the Midwest.

Cavender, who also served a term as president of the National Association of Development Organizations, will be replaced by current Meramec Assistant Director Bonnie Prigge.

Steve Etcher, right, interviews Richard Cavender, left, at Cavender's retirement dinner

Duke Elected Area 9 Director of MfSMA

4/20/11 Dexter, MO
The Missouri floodplain & Stormwater Managers Association, Inc. (MfSMA) held its annual conference at Lake of the Ozarks, Tan-Tara-A, on Wednesday March 30th through April 1st.

The Keynote Speaker at the luncheon on Thursday was Robert B. Sneed, Water Management Section Chief, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Nashville District. His presentation was about the May 2010 flood event on the Cumberland River Basin.
The conference had two concurrent sessions on Wednesday. “Risk MAP and Beyond in Missouri” and “Effect of Map Changes on Current and Future Flood Insurance Policy Holders” were two of the topics.

The  Thursday sessions included “Monitoring and Maintaining Post-Construction BMP’s (Best Management Practices), The Advantages of a Watershed-Based Approach to Wet Pond and Wetland Maintenance”, “Community Rating System (CRS) Applications”  and Watershed Modeling for Green Infrastructure Retrofits.

The Friday sessions included the General Session, “Flood Risk Management-Better Coordination & Communication” by Matthew Hunn, P.E.-Flood Risk Mgt/ICW Program Manager: US Army Corps of Engineers.

Also in the General Session, Steve Duke was re-elected as Area 9 Director to the MfSMA Board of Directors that represent 16 counties in Southeast Missouri. This is another example of how the Missouri Association of Council of Governments (MACOG) and its Regional Planning Commissions and Council of Governments members partner with not-for-profits, Local, State and Federal Agencies to provide professional and technical assistance to city/county governments in the State of Missouri.

The Missouri Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association, Inc. is a non-profit organization of professionals involved in floodplain and stormwater management within the State of Missouri. Membership in the association is comprised of local and state government officials, engineers, land surveyors, insurance agents, mortgage lenders, and other private industries or individuals engaged in the management of floodplains or stormwater.

MoBroadbandNow Planning Partnership

3/30/11 Jefferson City, MO
Missouri’s RPCs are key planning partners in Missouri’s statewide broadband planning initiative: MoBroadbandNow.  Launched by Governor Jay Nixon as part of the State’s Transform Missouri effort, MoBroadbandNow is charged with creating statewide awareness, mapping, and maintaining the state broadband inventory and conducting planning efforts to expand broadband access from 79.7% to 95%. Each regional planning commission will administer a strategic task force known as a Regional Technology Planning Team (RTPT) appointed by the RPC and the Missouri State Office of Administration to gather community feedback and to create a strategic broadband plan designed to meet local and regional broadband needs.  This team will work over the next 12 months to develop a strategic plan to implement their solutions and to craft benchmarks for success in their respective region.  Members of the team represent key interests of the region from areas such as education, business, economic development, healthcare, public safety, local government and area libraries.

Missouri Directors Attend National Policy Conference

3/21/11 Washington D.C.
Executive Directors from five Missouri Regional Planning Commissions attended the annual policy conference of the National Association of Development Organizations in Washington D.C. March 20-23. While in the nation's capitol, the directors heard from a variety of federal elected officials and agency heads, with a particular emphasis on the funding challenges facing the country. Some of the conference sessions included topics such as federal Transportation and Workforce Investment Act reauthorization, EDA funding levels, and CDBG and USDA-Rural Development funding outlooks. After the policy conference sessions, the directors took the opportunity to visit Capitol Hill and meet with the staff members of a number of federal elected officials, including Senators McCaskill and Blunt and Representatives Akin, Graves, Hartzler, and Leutkemeyer. The following directors attended the conference:

  • Steve Etcher, Boonslick RPC (NADO Secretary)
  • Tye Parsons, Northwest Missouri RCOG (NADO Board Member)
  • Richard Cavendar, Meramec RPC (Past NADO President)
  • Randy White, Pioneer Trails RPC
  • Robin Fitzgerald, Mark Twain COG

MACOG,AMEC Kick-Off Electric Cooperatives HMP
2/24/11 Jefferson City, MO
MACOG, in partnership with the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives (AMEC), recently began an 18-month planning process to prepare a statewide hazard mitigation plan encompassing all 46 of Missouri’s electric cooperatives.  As the RPCs and electric cooperatives learned during a series of orientation workshops across the state, each non-urban RPC will pair up with a number of cooperatives to prepare individual chapters specific to the respective cooperatives’ assets and issues.  These sections will then be compiled along with other more common statewide elements into one statewide plan.  The Northwest Missouri RCOG is coordinating the overall planning process with cartographic assistance from the Bootheel RPC.  “We are pleased to access the expertise and resources of Missouri’s regional planning commissions to help us develop this critical statewide plan,” said Rob Land, AMEC Director of Risk Management and Training.  Upon completion, Missouri’s electric cooperatives satisfy a key eligibility requirement under the Federal hazard mitigation program in order to potentially receive HMP funds for mitigation improvements to their systems and infrastructure. 

MPRC to Host Missouri DED Director Kerr

10/12/10 St. James, MO
Eleven local volunteers—including two youth—who have served the Meramec Region will be honored for their community service efforts on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, during Meramec Regional Planning Commission’s 2010 Annual Dinner celebration at Linn State Technical College in Linn. The event will be held in the college’s new 84,000 square feet state-of-the-art Vehicle and Power Center.

Those to be recognized by MRPC for community contributions and volunteer efforts include:

  • Theresa Cook of St. Robert, nominated by St. Robert Mayor George Sanders;
  • Betty Frink of Steelville, nominated by Franky Todd, at large commissioner for seniors;
  • Larry Ellis of Belle, nominated by Maries County Presiding Commissioner Ray Schwartze;
  • Jay Anderson of Salem, nominated by Salem Mayor Gary Brown;
  • Duane Fennewald of Westphalia, nominated by Westphalia Mayor Chris Dickneite;
  • Adam Birdsong of Rolla, nominated by Doolittle Mayor Paul Smith;
  • Cecil Penland of Crocker, nominated by Crocker Mayor Linda Wilson;
  • Jim and Diane Boulware of Salem, nominated by Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles;
  • Nikki Scheulen, a youth from Loose Creek, nominated by Osage County Commissioner Vance Samson; and
  • Lane Howard, a youth from Lecoma, nominated by Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles.

    The Eugene E. Northern award, the highest honor given by MRPC for volunteerism and community service, will also be named at the dinner.

    The Osage County and Linn State Technical College are serving as hosts of the event. Sponsors for the evening include the Legends Bank and the city of Linn.
    The public is invited to attend. The evening will begin with a tour of Linn State Technical College’s Vehicle and Power Center, the site of the Annual Dinner at 4:30, reception from 5 to 6 p.m., featuring a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, open bar and exhibits.

    Dinner will be from 6 to 7 p.m. and will be prepared by Argyle Catering.
    The program and awards presentation will follow the dinner and is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. David Kerr, director of the Missouri Department of Economic development, will be the guest speaker and will share information on the department’s efforts to develop a strategic economic development plan for the state, an effort that has involved several leaders from the Meramec Region.
    Cost of the event is $25 per person. Reservations can be made by calling MRPC at (573) 265-2993.

MACOG Partners with EIERA to Support MMDP
9/20/10 Jefferson City, MO
MACOG is partnering with Missouri’s Environmental Improvement and Energy Resources Authority (EIERA) providing services to support the Missouri Market Development Program (MMDP).  Under an agreement approved in September, MACOG will prepare a research report of adjacent state programs and activities focused on market development of recovered materials and recycled-content products.  The report will deliver a recommendation of those successful programs that can potentially be replicated in Missouri and other possible bi-state partnership opportunities for marketing, promotion and manufacturing activities.  Missouri’s RPCs will also host a series of recovered materials fairs across the state that will highlight the opportunities and success stories in the recovered materials markets.  These events will also promote the various technical and financial assistance elements of the Missouri Market Development Program.  For additional information on the MMDP, please visit http://www.dnr.mo.gov/eiera/mo-market-dev-program.htm

New Reports Posted to MACOG Website
9/16/2010 Jefferson City, MO
The Missouri Association of Councils of Government (MACOG) announces that the Annual Reports and Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) documents for its member agencies are now available in the "Archive" section of its website. Direct links below:
View Annual Reports. | View CEDS.

Boonslick Director Elected NADO Secretary
9/3/2010 San Diego, CA
Steve Etcher, Executive Director of Boonslick RPC in Warrenton, MO, has been elected as Secretary of the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO). Etcher, who was elected at NADO's annual training conference in San Diego, had previously served as a NADO board member from the Midwest Region. His one year-term will conclude at the 2011 Annual Meeting, held in Miami, FL.

Tye Parsons, Executive Director of the Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments, has been named to the NADO board of directors to fill Mr. Etcher's seat.

Missouri Directors Attend Annual NADO Conference

9/3/10 Jefferson City, MO
Executive Directors from five Missouri regional planning commissions attended the Annual Training Conference of the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO), held August 28-September 1 in San Diego, California. The directors heard updates on proposed federal transportation legislation, local food production, EDA grant updates, and other timely topics. Those directors attending from Missouri were:

  • Randy Railsback, Green Hills RPC
  • Steve Etcher, Boonslick RPC
  • Chauncy Buchheit, Southeast Missouri REPDC
  • Robin Fitzgerald, Mark Twain COG
  • Tye Parsons, Northwest Missouri COG