April 2, 2009

NEMO Regional Planning Commission to Celebrate 40th Anniversary

The Northeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission will celebrate its 40th Anniversary at the Annual Spring Membership Dinner Meeting on April 13 at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 707 North Main Street in Edina. The meeting is open to the public.

Ninth District Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer will be the keynote speaker this year following the dinner, which begins at 6:00 p.m. Congressman Luetkemeyer is scheduled to address those attending at 7:00 p.m. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

Following the speech by Congressman Luetkemeyer, business meetings for the Northeast Missouri†Regional Planning Commission and Rural Economic Development Corporation (NEMO RPC & RDC); NEMO Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO); NEMO Region ďCĒ Solid Waste Management District (SWMD) and NEMO Regional Public Housing Agency (PHA) will begin at 7:30 p.m.

A cash door prize of $100 will be drawn that evening compliments of the NEMO Innovatorsí Cafť located at the NEMO RPC & RDC Office at 326 East Jefferson Street, Memphis, Missouri.

Nate Walker, executive director of the NEMO RPC & RDC invites all area citizens interested in their regional planning commission to join in the celebration and attend the open public meeting on Monday evening, April 13th. Walker added that ďwe expect a nice turnout and are pleased that Ninth District Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer will be our keynote speaker.Ē

The Northeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission and Rural Development Corporation (NEMO RPC & RDC) is one of nineteen regional planning commissions in the State of Missouri, which are authorized by the State of Missouri Regional Planning and Community Development Act of 1966, Revised Missouri Statutes Chapter 251. The Regional Planning and Community Development Act of 1966 permitted the establishment of regional planning commissions to formally organize and band together by counties to promote the spirit of cooperatively working together to solve problems and plan the future development of regions and the State of Missouri.

The formation for regional planning commissions was a completely voluntary effort for the area county and community leaders of the time. The Northeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission (NEMORPC) was designated such by the State of Missouri by Governor Warren E. Hearnes on the 19th day of March in 1969. On this date, the Northeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission was created; with the boundaries of the commissionís authority to coincide with the boundaries of the counties of Adair, Clark, Knox, Schuyler, and Scotland. The original region served the five counties and 27 incorporated cities for a total of 32 member governments in Northeast Missouri.

In January of 1970, the region hired the first Executive Director, Nelson J. Glasgow and established a one-person staff and office space in one room within the Adair County courthouse in Kirksville, Missouri. Nelson Glasgow, Presiding Judge of Clark County, was very instrumental in formation of the organization and had been serving as the Chairman of the NEMORPC since March 19, 1969.

On December 22, 1975, the Northeast Missouri RPC entered into a cooperative agreement with the Counties of Adair, Clark, Knox, Schuyler and Scotland to formulate the Public Housing Agency for the member counties. This joint performance of governmental functions was pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 70.010 to 70.220 RsMO with Northeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission was designated the administrative agency for the newly formed Public Housing Agency (PHA) and Scotland County was designated as the designated official signatory lead county to act on behalf the member counties with the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Northeast Missouri RPC Executive Board is the official joint board as appointed by the Missouri statues.

On August 16, 1978, the Northeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission incorporated the Northeast Rural Development Corporation (NEMO RDC) to expand the mission and objectives for the region in Northeast Missouri. The Corporation was established with the same by-laws as the Regional Planning Commission and the Commission and Corporation be one and the same. On October 2, 1978, the region of Northeast Missouri was designated by the United States Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration as the Northeast Missouri Economic Development District. This was authorized under Title V of the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1985 to designate multi-county districts for the purpose of fostering and promoting their economic growth.

In 1982, the NEMORPC was outgrowing the original office space for one, now employing seven, the office moved from the Adair County Courthouse to the Second Floor of the First National Bank Building in Kirksville, Missouri. In June of 1992, the office was moved to Memphis, Scotland County, Missouri to the East School building, which had become vacant due to the construction of a new grade school for Scotland County.

During the year of 1992, Lewis County, Missouri petitioned the State of Missouri and the NEMORPC membership to join the region. In late 1992, The State of Missouri designated the County of Lewis to the boundaries of the Northeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission/Rural Development Corporation and Economic Development District. We now serve Adair, Clark, Knox, Lewis, Schuyler, and Scotland counties and the 33 incorporated cities for a total of 39 member governments in the six county area located in extreme Northeast Missouri.

The six counties of the Regional Planning Commission/Rural Development Corporation are bound together by Executive Order as the Northeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission. The region shares, as local units of government, not only a boundary line as such, but the active spirit of cooperatively working together to solve problems and plan the future development of the Northeast Missouri Region. The region experiences the same human, natural, and economic development needs. The region as a unit promotes the public safety, general welfare, and the economic prosperity for our citizens.

The region is tied to and accounts for the relationship with our geographic and topography, the existence of our agricultural, rural and urban development. The region has uniform physical, social, and economical problems regional in nature.

Meal cost is $10.00, please RSVP to Kathie Small @ kathiesmall@nemorpc.org or Teresa Skinner @ teresaskinner@nemorpc.org or call the NEMO RPC office at (660) 465-7281 by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday

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