Programs

Local Government Programs

Grant Writing-The organization assists cities, counties, special districts, and not for profit groups develop project financing proposals, identifies potential funding sources, and assists with the preparation and submission of grant and loan proposals.

Grant Administration-The organization assists cities, counties, special districts, and not for profit groups manage state and federal grant and loan programs.  The organization specializes in working with organizations to maintain project compliance with the affiliated state or federal regulations.

Community Planning-The organization works with member communities and related organizations to develop strategic or comprehensive plans to guide the development of individual communities and the region.

Economic Development Planning-The organization is designated by the United States Department of Commerce-Economic Development Administration as an economic development district (EDD).  The responsibility of the EDD is to coordinate economic development activities on a regional basis, development a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS), and to benchmark the progress of the region using key indicators.

Transportation Planning-The organization partners with the Missouri Department of Transportation to identify and prioritize transportation improvement needs within the region.  The organization has designated a transportation advisory committee (TAC) to assist with the identification and prioritization of needs.

Business Lending-The organization manages lending programs to support job creation and private sector investment in the region.  The Microenterprise Loan program is designed to assist small business owners and entrepreneurs secure the needed capital to grow.  The maximum loan is $25,000.

The EDA-Revolving Loan Funds are designed to create employment opportunities and to leverage private investment through business financing.  The maximum loan is $150,000. The loan programs are designed to partner with local financial institutions.  Loan applications are reviewed by a designated loan committee.  Download the loan application here.  Revolving Loan Fund Application

Hazard Mitigation Planning-The organization works with State Emergency Management Agency to complete county-wide Natural Hazard Mitigations Plans that are a prerequisite to qualify for disaster mitigation funding.  Local plans must be updated every five years to maintain program compliance.

Water Quality Planning-The organization works with the Department of Natural Resources to conduct needs assessments and develop plans to protect and improve the water quality of the regions streams and rivers.  Water quality planning focuses on private and public wastewater systems and stormwater controls and regulations.

Regional Homeland Security-The organization works with the Office of Homeland Security to coordinate the investment of Homeland Security grant funds to enhance the capacity of local emergency response agencies, to align local response capacities with other regional response agencies, and to coordinate local and regional response capabilities with statewide resources.

Solid Waste Management-The organization provides staff support, grant administration, and planning services for the East Central Missouri Solid Waste Management District.  The purpose of the program is to reduce Missouri’s dependency on landfills through education, enhancing recycling capacities, and promoting the reuse of recovered materials.  Visit the recycling center web page.  Click here.

Mapping Services-The organization uses the latest in GIS technologies to assist communities, districts, and programs with mapping needs.  The mapping capabilities include using GPS gathered data to create new maps, and using Census and other data sources to create pictures of information in a geo-spatial environment.

Traffic Counting Services-The organization maintains traffic counting and monitoring equipment to inventory traffic levels, monitor driver behavior and to identify travel patterns.  A speed display trailer can be deployed to alert travelers of their speed and record the number of vehicles on particular routes.  Traffic counters can be deployed on various roads within the region to determine the number and types of vehicles using the roadways.

Disaster Recovery Assistance-The organization serves as a clearinghouse for state and federal programs and initiatives to assist communities recover from natural disasters.    Areas of focus for the organization in recovery assistance include infrastructure repair and clean up, housing assistance, business assistance, and coordination of local, state and federal programs.

Air Quality-The organization is working closely with local governments and state and federal agencies on the implementation and monitoring of new air quality standards as part of the Clean Air Act.  Part of the region is considered in an air quality non-attainment area, while new lower air quality limits could impact the entire region.

Census Data Affiliate-The organization is designated by the State of Missouri and the U.S. Census Bureau as an affiliate organization and repository for Census data.  Staff can assist with data research on Census and other demographic information.

Workforce Development Programs

Missouri Career Center-The organization operates the Missouri Career Center, which is designated as a one-stop-shop for constituents to access workforce development programs.  The program allows residents to file and report for unemployment benefits; obtain financial assistance for training; and work with staff on job searching activities.  Programs operated in the Missouri Career Center are funded by the Workforce Investment Act.

Title I-Adult Program-This program is specifically designed to work with individuals over the age of 21 who have barriers to employment.  Barriers can include having low income, reading or math deficiencies, felony convictions, or substance abuse.  Services available include classroom training, support services, case management, subsidized employment, and job searching activities.

Title I-Youth Program-This program is specifically designed to work with individuals between the ages of 14 and 21 who have barriers to employment.  Barriers can include being a teen parent or dropout, having reading or math deficiencies, low income, or criminal records.  Services available include classroom training, support services, case management, subsidized employment, summer work opportunities, and job searching activities.

Dislocated Worker Program-This program is specifically designed to work with individuals who have been laid off due to a plant closure or a reduction in labor force.  Services available include classroom training, support services, case management, subsidized employment, and job searching activities.

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