Staff Updates

Staff Updates: March 2020

Staff keeping up with the Spring momentum

Sheridan Garman-Neeman, Executive Director
In addition to the general administration of KBRPC, TRCDC and CARE, I have been working on hiring the economic development team that is funded through our RCDI grant. So far I have hired the Cedar County Economic Developer and the Benton County Economic Developer. We have a few prospects for the Vernon County economic developer that we will be interviewing in the near future. In addition to hiring, I have started training the new ED team and am lining up more training opportunities for them.
I am working on an EDA grant in order to hire a hazard mitigation specialist. Ashley and I met with the City of Butler for a work session where we did a grants 101 presentation and tried to identify the city’s upcoming project priorities. We plan to meet with more cities in the future. I am currently working with two telecommunications providers to bring internet to under-served areas in our region and plan to submit a USDA re-connect grant for one of the providers. I am currently working with a business expansion in Henry County. I am working on a business plan for the BDC for CARE.

Ashley Swartz, Community Development Administrator
The Lowry City CDBG is out for bid. Bids are scheduled to be opened April 8. I am working on project development for a community who wants to seek grant funds for demolition through CDBG this coming Spring. We are still waiting for CDBG to announce open applications. The NAP application I wrote this past fall for the Friends of the Hickory County Health Department was funded, and we have contracted with them to sell their tax credits for them. We look forward to seeing the finished project. This spring I will be writing a NAP application for the Prairie Chapel United Methodist Church to expand their community services. I have been approached by several local organizations that are needing grant funding, and am continually researching options for them. Once a suitable funding source is found, project development will continue and grant applications will be submitted. Depending on the project, this can take a while to find the right source for the right project. With the new year, comes new funding opportunities so we’re hoping to find some that match the project. I will be assisting Sheridan in writing an EDA Disaster grant application for the City of Windsor. I submitted an application for a small marketing grant from Walmart to help KBRPC in developing and implementing our communications plan, and we are still waiting to hear the results of this. I submitted two other grants to assist with the cost of communications and marketing, one was not funded, and we are still waiting to hear on another. To help us in our communications plan on how and where we can improve, please take a moment to fill out this quick and easy brand perception survey, we’d appreciate it so much.
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Teresa Heckenlively, St. Clair County Economic Development Director

St. Clair Economic Development has been conducting outreach to businesses throughout the county to provide resources to help support businesses retention. I am updating my social media pages to help create an email list of companies wanting information about new resources coming through the pipeline. I am meeting with DED weekly to learn about new resources as they come available. I am touching base with my municipalities at least weekly. I am also helping a group working to provide homemade masks and gowns to St. Clair County healthcare and first responders who have a need for them.

Michelle Slater, Regional Planner
I’m working on sending out our recycling grants available notice for FY2021 this week to our communities within the solid waste management district and newspapers. There will be approximately $50,000 in grant funds available. Transportation planning is a work in progress, but an exciting addition to my responsibilities at KBRPC. There are several training opportunities that I am attending in the next few months which will help me to serve our communities in an even greater capacity. The second round of revisions for the Bates County Hazard Mitigation Plan will be turned in this week.

Katie Hunter, Administrative Assistant

I have been working on creating a database in google drive of all of Kaysinger’s past projects and project data. Currently Kaysinger’s collective data resides in a series of thumb drives, computers, hard drives and separate google drives. I have been cataloging all of Kaysinger’s technology onto a spreadsheet with who the technology is checked out to. In addition to these larger projects, I process our daily mail, perform administrative duties such as type up reports and some calendaring.

Nick Allison, Cedar County Economic Development Director
I’m excited to join the Kaysinger team. Recently graduated from Truman State University, I am a native of El Dorado Springs and will be working in economic development for Cedar County. Having started last week, it would be premature to update you on the work I’ve been doing in the county, but between training and reading I am learning a lot. I should have more to say in
my next report.