Two committees of the Moniteau County Regional Economic Development Council (MRED), met at Burgher Haus Oct. 11. Committees meeting were the Business Attraction, Development and Retention and the Workforce Development.
Chairman/CEO Mike Kelley spoke briefly, then members of each committee took up the matters of electing a chairman and determining what their goals were going to be.
Workforce Development Committee
Stefani Thompson of Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA) accepted the chair position of the Workforce Development Committee. Because of other factors, she advised the committee this could be temporary.
The basic goal of this committee is to develop a workforce to fill work needs, whether already in the county, or which may be coming in the future. One of the goals they discussed was to develop a business and education partnership. Members of this committee include representatives of local businesses and Moniteau County schools. Both committees were in agreement that there is work available in the county, and it is needed for young people to be provided with that information. Many seem to be of the opinion that they have to go somewhere else to find employment. There are opportunities in the area.
Basically, young people in this area need to be given enough information to realize there are career opportunities locally, and help in getting connected with those opportunities.
Business Attraction, Development and Retention Committee
Mark Koechner of Koechner Manufacturing, Tipton, accepted the chair position of the Business Attraction, Development and Retention Committee.
The basic goal of this committee is to gain businesses in the county which will provide employment and increase the economic status of the county. This can be done through attracting new businesses, as well as encouraging entrepreneurs to begin new businesses and to retain the businesses already in the area. A part of this may be encouragement of infrastructure development, which then could act to draw businesses to the county and to encourage start ups of businesses in the county. To do this, more information is probably needed on what locations are available, both those ready for a business to move into, and possible building locations.
It appears that the goal of all of the committees, not just the two which met Wednesday, is to create opportunities. For some, it is to encourage them to look at the entrepreneurial opportunities. For others, it is to encourage them to look at the possible workforce needs of the existing and new businesses, and seek to develop the skills to fill those needs.
Although the marketing committee was not meeting, it was represented. The marketing concept seemed a bit different than one committee member originally thought. On one hand, it is marketing the county to possible businesses. On the other, it seems to be marketing occupations to the students in school, who are the future employees.
The MRED board will meet in November.