Article 2 – July
The first half of 2019 has been busy at Macon County Economic Development.
In my last article I mentioned that we were working with a couple new prospects; I am happy to say that both chose to locate in Macon!
C-Com Inc., telecommunication contractors, purchased a building on Nixon Boulevard; relocating from Bethel Missouri. C-Com is bringing twenty-three employees with them and is committing to adding several positions.
Central Service & Supply, Inc., a manufacturer headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa chose Nixon Boulevard as well and is building a new facility. They provide equipment and supplies to the mining and construction industries and expect to create three-five new positions.
Welcome to Macon and thank you for choosing our community for your expansion and investment!
I am working with a couple of entrepreneurs as they build out their business plans and decide on a location. One has just opened a restaurant/convenience store in Kaseyville, be sure to stop in and support this new business. Also, at this time our office is working with a prospect on a location in the Heartland Industrial Park, I can’t share any details at this time but hope to be announcing this new business by the end of this year.
At the beginning of May we held the Macon County Economic Development (MCED) Stakeholders meeting at Noland Catering. Many members of the MCED Board of Directors attended in addition to approximately thirty of our investors, communities, and service provider representatives. I provided an update on the activities of our office over the past year and shared our plans for the future and then each attendee was given the opportunity to provide an update. The meeting is a great way to share plans and projects and provide support to our associates as well as receive feedback on the needs of our investors, communities, and providers.
The Class of 2023 Career Fair was held on May 10 at the Macon R-1 High School/Macon Area Career and Technology Education Center (MACTEC). We hosted approximately 187 students from Atlanta, LaPlata, Bevier, Immaculate Conception School, and Macon. At the fair students had an opportunity to visit with fifteen of our local businesses and nine or our school organizations/clubs to learn about the opportunities available. They also listened to a presentation by a Truman student and participated in some team building activities with members of the National Guard. We have been planning and hosting this event for many years to ensure that our students are aware of the opportunities that exist right here in our communities and to encourage them to start thinking about building a future in Macon County. The success of this event is dependent on the support we receive from our local businesses, organizations, and the staff at Macon R-1 and MACTEC, we could not do it without their contributions. Thank you so much for continuing to support our efforts!
MCED is happy to announce the recipients of the 2019-2020 Come Home Scholarship awards; Alessa Hruska, Atlanta; Jamison Hogsett, Macon; and Mary Bradley of Bevier! To apply for the Come Home Scholarship the student must be a senior in high school in Macon County, have a GPA no less than 2.0, plan to attend college/tech school the fall following graduation, and demonstrate a genuine intent of returning to Macon County to work after completing their education; each recipient will receive $1,000 toward their education. Congratulations Alessa, Jamison, and Mary!
This is just a few highlights of things we have been working on; we are also out visiting with our businesses, working on workforce solutions, and community/tourism efforts. I am serving as Secretary again this next year for the regional economic development organization, Northeast Missouri Development Partnership. Participation in the organization is a very valuable tool in our economic development tool kit as we can better align our efforts when we are conscience of regional efforts and is an excellent networking source. If you have any ideas, comments, and/or suggestions feel free to contact our office; we are always happy to meet with you and discuss the future of Macon County.