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Lincoln Mayor John King signed an agreement with Co-Mo Connect to bring high speed internet to the City of Lincoln. This infrastructure improvement will bring positive change to manufacturing and distributing possibilities. Lincoln is ideally located on 4-lane Highway 65 and companies looking to utilize their location for these industries will now enjoy lightning fast internet connection. It will also have an effect on education, work from home professionals, and services looking to do business online.
The City of Warsaw Board of Alderman and Mayor voted unanimously to approve a contract with Co-Mo Connect to install fiber in the entire community. This act continues our effort to move Warsaw forward as a progressive rural community that invests in itself.
Southwest Electric Cooperative and their lender, COBANK, have generously awarded a grant to the Community Association of Regional Enterprises, a 501c3 non-profit administered by Kaysinger Basin Regional Planning Commission for the Benton County Economic Development Program.
“We are excited about this grant opportunity and the good it will do for economic development efforts in our region,” said Kaysinger Executive Director Sheridan Garman-Neeman.
This funding will be used to develop a Benton County Economic Development website to promote its shovel-ready sites for development and help market local businesses in Benton County. “Since taking this position, I have found that the new businesses tend to lack the funding for marketing expertise and a marketing budget. Through this grant, I will be able to assist them with those needs,” says Benton County Economic Development Director Jo Ann Lane. Lane plans to purchase a little extra space for grand openings in newspapers, assist them with getting listed on Google business, and help with better signage. She will also be hosting an online cooperative marketing event where she shows these businesses how to leverage social media and each other’s social media to cross-promote their businesses.
Each year, COBANK matches funds generously donated by Southwest Electric Cooperative for community needs. This year, they chose to give to economic development programs in Benton and Dallas Counties.
Kaysinger Basin Regional Planning Commission serves Bates, Benton, Cedar, St. Clair, Hickory, Cedar, and Vernon counties. Kaysinger is also an EDA-funded Economic Development District (EDD). As an EDD, they pursue economic development projects around the region that support the strategic economic development plans for the region that engage both local governments and stakeholders. Kaysinger has a regional economic development team that serves their counties and has taken on a uniquely aggressive role in economic development since this area has an underserved niche. Kaysinger administers the Benton County program for the county and three cities in the county. For more information, please contact the Executive Director, Sheridan Garman-Neeman at:
Email: Sgarman@kaysinger.com Phone: 660-885-3393
Pictured: Ted Zeugin, manager of Member Services and Communications; Sheridan Garman-Neeman, Kaysinger Executive Director, James Ashworth, CEO/general manager
A community wide water main grant funded by the Department of Natural Resources SRF will replace old water mains throughout the City of Warsaw.
Improvements to Main Street, including widened streets, sidewalks, and bike lanes is being funded through a grant awarded by Community Development Block Grant.
The Missouri Municipal League (MML) held their annual statewide conference in St. Louis from September 27-29, 2021. At their awards luncheon, Warsaw received the MML Innovation award in the small community category. This category is for communities with a population less than 5,000.
The award is for the 2015 Building on Success to Capitalize on the Future - Comprehensive Plan and all the other planning efforts leading up to the revitalization of Warsaw.
The City of Warsaw’s objective was to rebuild the crumbling city infrastructure and reverse the economic distress by making it an inviting place to live, enjoy recreation and conduct business. With limited resources in 1997, the City committed to writing grants and training employees to provide in-kind grant match to construct many of the projects that have received state and national recognition. Today the City is seeing increased sales tax revenues, visitors, businesses and new residences. By investing in the City’s underground utilities, maintenance is decreasing while gaining increased sewer treatment capacity for the future expansion of the city. All of this has been achieved by a 24-year commitment to planning and implementation that addressed decaying infrastructure while developing new infrastructure. By planning a gradual approach to improvements and development, this has allowed the various city fund balances to increase, while also, carefully investing from those funds for the improvements.
The Benton County Economic Development Website has been made possible by a grant from Southwest Electric Cooperative and their lender, COBANK. Thank you for your generous support.
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