2019 – Article 1 – February
I was looking back at the article I wrote in February 2017, I started it with writing about the amazing weather we were having for February with temps in the 60s and 70s; I definitely cannot say that this year! This year I find myself repeating several times a day “spring is just around the corner.”
I mentioned in my December article that we are working on a couple new prospects and I am happy to report that they are progressing well. Hopefully, by the time I write my next article I will be able to share the details. In the meantime, the following is a review of 2018 for Macon County Economic Development and a list of new or expanded business within the county.
New or Expanded Businesses in Macon County
Old Hwy 63 Garage – LaPlata
Prokup Family Pharmacy – Bevier
Boling’s Barber Company
Maple City Events Center
Senior Benefits Services
Storage Facility in Heartland Industrial Park
Creed Archery – pro-shop and ecommerce business
B4 & After – LaPlata
Shivers Shaved Ice
Crown Implement – under renovations
Homescape and Exchange Candle
~ Come Home Scholarship Awards – 3 – $1,000 for 2018-2019
~Contracted with Ady Advantage Consultants to access Macon County for business attraction and create a targeted industries list, marketing brochure, and new Macon County Economic Development Website (in progress).
~Facilitated loan/grants through USDA/RD to secure self-contained breathing apparatuses for the City of Macon Fire Department and 4 new patrol vehicles for the Macon County Sheriff’s Department.
~Participation in Northeast Missouri Development Partnership – Secretary
Leadership Northeast Academy – Participated in and worked on planning for this new leadership class.
Legislative visit – Planned and attended the 2018 Legislative breakfast at the Capital.
~Sponsored and hosted the 11th annual 8th Grade Career Fair.
~Macon Volunteers for Progress – Macon County Tourism group -Secretary.
~Hosted “First Steps to Starting a Business” class through the Missouri Small Business and Tech Center.
~Reviewed 23 Requests for Information from Missouri Department of Economic Development; qualified to submit for one.
~Administer loan and grant program for the Industrial Development Authority of Macon County.
~Working on becoming a Certified Work Ready Community – 84% complete.
~ Business retention – meet with existing businesses and provide support.
We are hard at work at your economic development office; I am out meeting with our existing businesses, we are starting preparations for the 8th grade career fair, the MCED Stakeholders meeting, and the Bicycles Across Missouri riders we will have in town in June, and continuing to work on the couple prospects I mentioned earlier. So as we continue to work hard and I continue to repeat “spring is just around the corner” I want to remind you that our best is yet to come.