The Moniteau County Regional Economic Development Council discussed possible plans for the coming year at the regular meeting Jan. 10, conducted at Bobbio's Eatery in Tipton.
Plans include developing the Registered Apprenticeship Program, and conducting the six-week Launch U course, which is designed to encourage and assist entrepreneurship. The roster for the course is being finalized. The course starts with learning about networking through games, which will connect the people involved by likes, dislikes, hobbies and more.
MRED President/CEO Mike Kelley said assistance has been given to two business expansions in the county and has answered inquiries of at least one business looking to locate in the county.
The Workforce Development Committee goals discussed at the December committee meeting, was mentioned by Kelley. It is to connect current and future workers with local business people to let them know what occupational opportunities are available in the county. A part of this is the idea to take new school staff members on a tour of the businesses in the county.
The Missouri Department of Economic Development is attempting to put together a local economic development program in which information can be collected to determine trends for beginning development and tracking the trends outside the state. The object is to help the local economy to grow.
It was decided to have the annual meeting be a part of the regular April meeting. Kelley is working on the 2017 annual report.