Economic Development News
Chamber staff reaches out to Cole County Municipalities
Published: Sunday, September 28, 2014
By: Missy Bonnot, Director, Economic Development
As part of the Economic Development contract with the County of Cole to perform economic development services, the Chamber has been meeting with city council/alderman in municipalities in Cole County. The municipalities include Centertown, Lohman, Russellville, St. Martins, St. Thomas, Taos and Wardsville.
In August staff met with St. Thomas, Lohman and St. Martins. In September they will attend Wardsville and Russellville meetings and meet with Taos and Centertown in October.
“We appreciate the work the Chamber provides for Cole County” says Dan Bax, mayor of St. Martins. “It was beneficial for us to hear how economic development projects work and the services that are available to residents of St. Martins and all of Cole County.”
Chamber staff discussed Business Attraction and the work involved to market Jefferson City and Cole County nationally. The Chamber also maintains a buildings and site database on the Chamber website, listing available land and buildings in Cole County. In addition to the Chamber’s Business Attraction efforts, staff outlined their ongoing efforts in identifying business expansion opportunities and provided information on programs and resources available from the state and local perspective.
Also discussed was Small Business technical assistance. The chamber provides technical assistance and resources to individuals considering starting a business or who are currently a business owner in Cole County. Information on the services provided by SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) and the University of Missouri-Cole County Extension Office were offered at each meeting as a way to provide business counseling at no cost to startups and existing businesses.
Cole County Communities meets monthly for breakfast at the Chamber. Facilitated by the Chamber, the group is open to all Cole County municipalities. Topics of discussion include issues that affect all jurisdictions within our county. Chamber staff encouraged all city councilmen and staff to attend these meetings.
As a follow up to the initial outreach meetings, Chamber Staff will revisit each municipality every six months and meet with existing businesses owners to discuss the Chamber’s economic development services and offer their support.
The municipalities have been appreciative of the Chamber’s outreach effort and we look forward to partnering in the future.