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Etcher, NADO Officers Visit Capitol Hill
nado 2/22/13 Washington, D.C.
On February 22nd, the NADO Executive Committee held its winter meeting in Washington, D.C. During their visit, the group conducted outreach meetings with key congressional committee and federal agency leaders, including the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Senate Agriculture Committee, HUD, EPA, and OMB. They focused on budget and policy issues for community and economic development (including EDA, USDA, and DOT funding). In addition, the group spent time discussing NADO’s local and national priorities with EDA Assistant Secretary Matt Erskine and with senior White House and Congressional officials. NADO Executive Committee members Left to Right in photo: President John Leonard (GA), Treasurer Terry Bobrowski (TN), First Vice President Peter Gregory (VT), Second Vice President Steve Etcher (MO), Secretary Jeff Kiley (NM), Immediate Past President Russ Cowley (UT), and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development and Chief Operating Officer Matt Erskine.

RPCs Begin Planning for Broadband Implementation
mbbn 2/7/13 Jefferson City, MO
Missouri's 19 Regional Planning Commissions have partnered with MoBroadbandNow for a second round of broadband planning in the state. Missouri's RPCs will utilize "Regional Technology Planning Teams" to evaluate the new statewide broadband strategic plan. In addition, new "Targeted Topics" committees will be created to form broadband implementation plans for specifc economic clusters, including healthcare and agriculture. For more information, please visit http://mobroadbandnow.com/regional-planning/

Etcher Elected NADO Secretary, Missouri Directors Present
Steve Etcher

10/16/12 Las Vegas, NV
Missouri's Regional Planning Commissions were well-represented at the National Association of Development Organization's (NADO) annual training conference, held October 14-16 2012 in Las Vegas, NV:

MACOG Recognized with 2012 NADO Innovation Awards

8/17/12 Washington, D.C.
The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) has announced MACOG will receive two 2012 Innovation Awards. For 26 years, NADO’s Annual Innovation Award program has honored members who have had significant and positive impacts on their regions through innovative approaches to problem solving and program delivery. MACOG will receive the awards at NADO's Annual Training Conference in Las Vegas, NV this coming October. The MACOG Innovation Award-winning projects are:

  • Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan for Missouri’s Electric Cooperatives. This project caps an intensive 18-month planning process that resulted in the creation of a statewide Hazard Mitigation Plan for the electric cooperatives in the state of Missouri. With the completion of the plan, Missouri's electric cooperatives are now eligible to apply for federal hazard mitigation dollars through FEMA, thereby strengthening the resillency of the state's electric grid infrastructure. MACOG will accept this award along with the Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments, which served as the project lead.

  • Missouri Watershed Planning and Wastewater Study. This project, funded by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, assessed the wastewater capacities of every community over 500 people in the state of Missouri. The result of the study was a comprehensive analysis of the Missouri's municipal wastewater treatment facilities, and the identification of problem areas that could potentially impact sensitive watersheds. MACOG will accept this award along with the Boonslick Regional Planning Commission, which served as the project lead.

RPCs Testify Before Blue Ribbon Transportation Committee
7/5/2012 Statewide
RPC directors from around the state have been testifying before a Blue Ribbon committe formed to develop solutions to the transportation challenges in Missouri. The Blue Ribbon Citizens Committee on Missouri's Transportation Needs, formed by Missouri House Speaker Steve Tilley, is listening to MoDOT officials, business leaders, transportation stakeholders, and other Missouri citizens as they offer solutions to transportation funding, needs prioritization, and economic competiveness. "The purpose of the committee is to examine Missouri's current and future transportation needs and explore possible solutions," said Speaker Tilley. "We need to start a conversation with all Missouri citizens to make sure our transportation system can function at a level that will foster economic growth and handlegrowing traffic safely and efficiently." Right: “Len Toenjes, President, Association General Contractors of Saint Louis thanks Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Felicity Brady for outlining Missouri’s rural transportation planning process before the Blue Ribbon Citizens’ Committee on June 29, 2012 at the Show-Me Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.”