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The Moniteau County Regional Economic Development Council discussed its ongoing programs, among other topics, at its November meeting.

Currently, MRED has two monthly programs taking place in the county — Startup Moniteau mixers and Central Missouri Business Leaders meetings. The mixers, informing attendees about the LaunchU startup program, have taken place monthly since September, with the last event of the year taking place Dec. 12 at The Gathering Place. MRED President Mike Kelley said so far, six individuals have committed to signing on for the program, which is set to take place twice weekly from Jan. 7-Feb. 13 in Tipton.

Meanwhile, Central Missouri Business Leaders meetings will continue next week, at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, with guest speaker Bobby Medlin, of Bobby Medlin CPA Group. The December speaker will be Derek Storms, owner of Storms Axe Throwing in Eldon.

Plans for the upcoming annual meeting, set for April 9, were also discussed. The meeting will take place at Sweet Chipotle Catering & Event Center in California. MRED plans to invite both the chambers of commerce in California and Tipton, as well as businesses from High Point, Jamestown and Clarksburg.

Some discussion also revolved around California Progress, Inc.'s recent efforts to purchase the Latham Sanitarium property. CPI approached MRED about potentially contributing toward the $95,000 purchase price — some of which has already been covered by community donations and the initial $10,000 deposit paid by CPI — and ultimately elected to decline, on the basis of the project being "outside the scope" of what MRED does in its efforts to promote economic development in the county.

As there will be no December meeting, MRED will not meet again until after the new year.

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