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MRPC board learns of Manufacturing Day in October

For immediate release

For more information, contact
Bonnie Prigge

ST. JAMES—Manufacturing is a $30 billion industry in Missouri, and manufacturers are in need of employees throughout the state and in the Meramec Region, Alan Galindo of the Central Workforce Development Board (CWDB) told the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) during its Aug. 9 meeting. To encourage young workers to consider a career in manufacturing and showcase what manufacturing is today, several companies around the state and some in the Meramec Region will be participating in National Manufacturing Day. Galindo shared that manufacturers from Cuba, Owensville and St. James will be hosting tours and celebrations in conjunction with Manufacturing Davy in October. Manufacturers and economic developers are working in conjunction with CWDB to plan these events, and some will include tours by area high schools.

Currently manufacturers make up 11.3 percent of the state’s private sector employment – 263,314 jobs across 6,491 establishments according to the Missouri economy brief on manufacturing. In the Meramec Region, Crawford, Gasconade, Maries and Osage counties all have higher levels of employment in manufacturing than the national average.

“We want to help our youth know that many of the industries in our region employ engineers, accountants, HR professionals, IT specialists and other professional positions,” explained Bonnie Prigge, executive director of MRPC, after the meeting. “Many of the line staff positions are highly computerized, so it is a very different environment from 30-40 years ago, and current and future workforce need to see that.”

For more information on Manufacturing Day celebrations planned across the region, contact Alan Galindo at CWDB in Rolla at 573-426-2946 or email alan.galindo@cwib.us.

In other business, the board:

  • Heard an update from the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) about Proposition D – a statutory ballot measure for increasing the state fuel tax by 2.5 cent annually for four years, resulting in a 10-cent increase by 2022. The proposition will be on the ballot pn Nov. 6, and if passed, will generate an estimated $288 million for the state road fund and another $123 million for cities and counties for road and bridge projects, when fully funded;
  • Heard an update from MRPC Executive Director Bonnie Prigge on a potential defense department pilot grant that would allow for funding of projects in areas around Fort Leonard Wood that would benefit the base,
  • Heard an update on Annual Dinner planning, which will take place on Oct. 25 in Hermann,
  • Began preliminary planning of MRPC’s 50th Anniversary celebration on Jan. 23, and
  • Selected new chair and vice-chair for the operations committee. Steve Vogt representing Belle was elected chair and Mayor of St. Robert George Lauritson was elected vice-chair. Officers on the other two committees remained the same with external relations chair Dent County Presiding Commissioner Darryl Skiles and vice-chair Don Brackhahn representing seniors on the board and planning committee chair Mayor of Potosi T.R. Dudley and vice-chair Mayor of St. James Jim White.

Formed in 1969, MRPC is a voluntary council of governments serving Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties and their respective cities. Washington County Presiding Commissioner Marvin Wright serves as chairman. A professional staff of 23, offers technical assistance and services, such as grant preparation and administration, housing assistance, transportation planning, environmental planning, ordinance codification, business loans and other services to member communities.

To keep up with the latest MRPC news and events, visit the MRPC website at www.meramecregion.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/meramecregion/.