Services

Regional Planning Commissions are conduits for state and federal funding sources. Because of this established relationship, communities across the Kaysinger region benefit from our work regardless of membership status. This includes speaking at various organizations, workshops, local, regional, and state conferences, advocating for the region at the state level and providing input on funding initiatives that benefit the region.

How can Kaysinger assist your community?

Regional Planning Commissions throughout the state are working more collaboratively and efficiently due to scarce resources. Coordinated statewide efforts are becoming more prevalent. Missouri benefits from these coordinated efforts that provide communities more resources and tools to respond to growth pressures and creatively implement community visions.

Kaysinger organizes partners and coordinates planning efforts on a wide range of issues that are important to our rural communities. It is our goal to provide practical guidance, technical expertise, and other resources to enable communities to sustain or attain a way of life that is equitable, healthy, and sustainable.

How We Can Assist

Communities in the Kaysinger region may apply for many different funding resources when updating or improving infrastructure or starting programs to address needs. Kaysinger staff offers local governments and non-profits a wealth of grant writing experience, expertise, and success. Grants are typically used for community improvements, such as water and sewer systems, bridges, fire stations, senior and community centers, sidewalks, drainage improvements, and housing demolition. A grant application can be complicated and time-consuming so let us help. Grant writing is one of the many services Kaysinger offers member communities as part of their membership.

Once a grant is approved, Kaysinger is available on a contract basis to provide the day-to-day administration to help ensure the scope of work is completed in accordance with state or federal guidelines and all necessary reporting is accomplished successfully.

We know new projects can be difficult to fund. Let us assist in finding grant funds. We work closely with state and federal agencies to notify our communities about funding opportunities. We subscribe to several sites with funding opportunities. Let us help you find the funding for your next project.

Our Economic Development Directors can help your community develop an economic development plan. These plans provide a comprehensive overview of the economy, set policy direction for economic growth, and identifies strategies, programs, and projects to improve the economy.

Kaysinger offers Economic Development workshops to our communities. We can provide a workshop on a specific topic, or we can tailor it to your needs.

Needing a specific map? Let us help! We have staff that can build interactive web maps with ArcGIS.

Maybe a full comprehensive plan isn’t what’s needed for your community. Perhaps you just need help developing a community needs assessment to determine what the community needs and wants. We can help facilitate these meetings and help identify projects needed in your community.

Communities in the Kaysinger region may apply for many different funding resources when updating or improving infrastructure or starting programs to address needs. Kaysinger staff offers local governments and non-profits a wealth of grant writing experience, expertise, and success. Grants are typically used for community improvements, such as water and sewer systems, bridges, fire stations, senior and community centers, sidewalks, drainage improvements, and housing demolition. A grant application can be complicated and time-consuming so let us help. Grant writing is one of the many services Kaysinger offers member communities as part of their membership.

A good business plan guides you through each stage of starting and managing your business. You’ll use your business plan as a roadmap for how to structure, run, and grow your new business. It’s a way to think through the key elements of your business. Business plans can help you get funding or bring on new business partners. Investors want to feel confident they’ll see a return on their investment. Your business plan is the tool you’ll use to convince people that working with you — or investing in your company — is a smart choice. Our Economic Development Directors can assist you in developing a business plan.

Housing Needs Assessments are used by local governments to identify housing issues and solutions that can be used to make strategic decisions related to the housing market and is often used as a basis for future housing and policy decisions and/or to secure financing for various housing programs and projects.

We understand how difficult it can be to stay current with all the state and federal resources available. Let us be the liaison between your community and state and federal agencies. Kaysinger staff is in constant communication with state and federal agencies making sure we have the most up-to-date information for our communities.

Kaysinger has an Armadillo Speed Sensor to conduct traffic counts for the region. Many MoDOT traffic studies and permits require a speed study. The traditional method has been to nail down a device on the roadway surface to collect that data. That process took time and put individuals in the middle of the road. The Armadillo Speed Sensor is an innovative way to deploy a speed study from the side of the road out of the lane of traffic. This device attaches to a signpost or a tripod that registers all the lanes at one time. It then provides data for each lane as well as the type of vehicles and their speed. Due to an 11-day battery life, the data is collected for a longer time. The speed study data is sent via email to a traffic studies specialist in an easy-to-use spreadsheet. Once the data is received, the sensor is moved to a new location. The Armadillo has been used several times throughout the region and provided valuable information to the community. 

Kaysinger continues to serve as the leading voice for regional transportation planning in west-central Missouri and remains a dedicated supporter and facilitator of communication between MoDOT and the cities and counties in our region. In support of regional transportation planning, Kaysinger and MoDOT work in partnership each year to develop and execute a transportation work plan designed to allow local input into statewide transportation planning. 

Many state and federal agencies require a NEPA Review for awarded projects, such as CDBG, USDA, EDA, and MODNR. NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) is designed to ensure that Federally funded projects are environmentally sound. Kaysinger can conduct these reviews for you. These assessments take time and attention-let us help!

For over 20 years, Kaysinger has been an administrator for the Quad Lakes Solid Waste Management District. Similar to the planning commissions, the solid waste districts are divided up to cover every community within the state. The Quad-Lakes Solid Waste Management District serves the Missouri counties of Bates, Benton, Cedar, Henry, Hickory, and St. Clair.  The purpose of the solid waste district is to utilize a portion of landfill fees and redistribute those into recycling grants. Each year, grants are available for recycling initiatives and projects.

Complete Streets are streets designed and operated to enable safe use and support mobility for all users. Those include people of all ages and abilities, regardless of whether they are traveling as drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, or public transportation riders. The concept of Complete Streets encompasses many approaches to planning, designing, and operating roadways and rights of way with all users in mind to make the transportation network safer and more efficient. Complete Street policies are set at the state, regional, and local levels and are frequently supported by roadway design guidelines.

Complete Streets approaches vary based on community context. They may address a wide range of elements, such as sidewalks, bicycle lanes, bus lanes, public transportation stops, crossing opportunities, median islands, accessible pedestrian signals, curb extensions, modified vehicle travel lanes, streetscape, and landscape treatments. Complete Streets reduce motor vehicle-related crashes and pedestrian risk, as well as bicyclist risk, when well-designed bicycle-specific infrastructure is included (Reynolds, 2009). They can promote walking and bicycling by providing safer places to achieve physical activity through transportation. We have great partners for this process; let us help your community put a Complete Streets Policy in place

We know there is a lot of information regarding ARPA assistance from many agencies across the country and the state. We have staff who stays current with ARPA regulations and has a great working relationship with those agencies. Let us help navigate this tricky and often confusing process.

Project development is the process of planning and allocating and finding resources to fully develop a project. Have an idea for a project but not sure where to start? Kaysinger staff is well versed in project development and can assist your community with this step.