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Career Center to host second business start-up workshop 

The Career Center will host its second “Starting Your Own Business” workshop on Tuesday, February 24, at 10 a.m.  Keli Morris from Northwest Enterprise Facilitation will conduct the workshop.  Anyone who would like to attend can call 660-582-8980 or email amy@nwmorcog.org to get their name on the list.  Based upon client feedback, we have changed the day/time for our weekly Job Club workshops at the Career Center.  Starting in February, Job Club will meet Wednesday mornings at 9:30. For more information or to reserve a spot, please call the Career Center.


FY’16 Solid Waste Grant call to open 

The FY’16 grant cycle for Solid Waste District grants will open on February 2.  The Northwest Missouri Regional Solid Waste Management District will have $47,500 of grant funds from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Solid Waste Management Program to fund recycling and waste reduction projects in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors throughout Atchison, Gentry, Holt, Nodaway, and Worth counties.  The grant funds are intended to reduce the amount of solid waste entering the local waste stream and/or to facilitate recycling.  Any individual or organization with a project to reduce, reuse or recycle such items as: paper, aluminum, organic waste, plastics, electronics or other recyclable materials can submit an application and may be awarded funds to support their project.  Applications are due on April 6, 2015.  The competitive review process and acceptance by the State continues through April, May and June.  Successful applicants usually begin new projects at the beginning of the 2016 fiscal year, July 1, 2015.  For more information or an application, contact Linda Laderoute at linda@nwmorcog.org or 660-582-5121.


Local Government Assistance Survey 

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is working with natural resource agencies in several states, in consultation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to improve local government access to environmental compliance information and assistance.   They are asking that you take five minutes to answer a few questions about the kinds of assistance that may be helpful to you and your organization at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2MH7T9K.  Your feedback on this survey by February 7, 2015 will help plan new tools and services for communities, especially related to drinking water and waste water treatment systems.  After you take the survey, you may also be interested in visiting a new website designed by the EPA for local government leaders at http://www2.epa.gov/communities.  


Statewide Interoperable Communication Plan meeting scheduled 

Emergency responders from Region H are invited to participate in the review and revision of Missouri’s Statewide Interoperable Communications Plan (SCIP).  The SCIP is a strategic planning document, designed to guide the public safety community to a path of interoperability in Missouri, and while it is very important during times of emergency and disaster, it has day to day implications as well.  The Department of Public Safety is hosting meetings across the state to allow the first responder community to share their input on the current plan and recommendations for updating the plan.  There will be discussions regarding the role of broadband and FirstNet in Missouri’s SCIP and how those technologies might be included as part of an overall interoperability strategy.  The Region H meeting is scheduled for January 21, from 10:00 – 3:00 at the St. Joseph Police Department, located at 501 Faraon St.  In order to plan for sufficient meeting space, please RSVP to bob.bloomberg@dps.mo.gov.


Atchison County Hazard Mitigation Plan available for comment  

The Atchison County Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan requires the opportunity for public involvement in the development and review of the plan during the drafting process.  All members of the public are invited to provide comments and input on the first draft of the completed plan.  Copies of the plan may be accessed virtually through the Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments (NWMORCOG) website (here) or in printed form at the office in Maryville, located at 114 West Third Street.  The deadline for receipt of public comments is February 2, 2015.  All comments may be returned to Chance Long via mail to NWMORCOG, 114 W. Third Street, Maryville, MO  64468 or by email to jchance@nwmorcog.org


USDA-RD REAP Grant Funds Available

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) provides financial assistance to agricultural producers and small businesses in rural America to purchase, install, and construct renewable energy systems; make energy efficiency improvements to non-residential buildings and facilities; use renewable technologies that reduce energy consumption; and participate in energy audits, renewable energy development assistance, and feasibility studies. This assistance is available in the form of grants or loans/loan guarantees.  The following grant amounts apply:

1)      The minimum Renewable Energy System Grant request is $2,500 up to a maximum of 25 percent of eligible project costs or $500,000, whichever is less.

2)      The minimum Energy Efficiency Improvement Grant request is $1,500 up to a maximum of 25 percent of eligible project costs or $250,000, whichever is less.

Missouri has $1.8 million in grant funding available for REAP. For information call the USDA-RD office in Columbia at 573-876-9321, email Nathan.tutt@mo.usda.gov, go to http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/MO-REAP.html or contact your local USDA-RD office.


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