Missouri FIRST Columbia

$10 million in new small business and agriculture investments announced through Missouri FIRST initiative

Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt today joined Mid-Missouri small business, economic development and agriculture leaders at the Columbia Chamber of Commerce to announce he has approved $10.4 million in new small business and agriculture investments through his Missouri FIRST initiative. Missouri FIRST (Financing Investment in our Rural, Small Business, and Technology communities) allows Schmitt to […]

Union/ConAgra reach contract agreement at Trenton, Missouri plant

Audio: Nestle reaches agreement to purchase ConAgra plant in Trenton

Nestle announced today that it has reached a conditional agreement with ConAgra Brands to purchase ConAgra’s factory building in Trenton as well as its cooked-before-canning process line. Economic Development Consultant Phil Tate is a former interim director of the North Central Missouri Development Alliance assisted the alliance in finding an industry to use the ConAgra building. […]

North Central Missouri Business Facilitation

North Central Missouri Business Facilitation assists area businesses with development

North Central Missouri Business Facilitation aids area businesses with development. Facilitator Stephanie Williams explains that the organization is made up of a group of individuals from Caldwell, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Grundy, and Harrison counties. She says its mission is to assist small business owners and entrepreneurs, obtain the information they need, and help them move […]

Union/ConAgra reach contract agreement at Trenton, Missouri plant

Audio: Economic Development Consultant Phil Tate responds to ConAgra closing

Monday’s announcement on the ConAgra Foods phase-out and eventual closing were not totally unexpected since there’s a state law regarding advance notification when layoffs are planned. Economic Development Consultant Phil Tate has been working on finding an industry to use the ConAgra building. In a prepared statement today, Tate confirmed phase-out and closing dates established by ConAgra but […]

Ralph Boots

Audio Interview: Ralph Boots leaving post in Trenton to fill position of Director of Economic Development in Liberty

Community Developer at Trenton for the past eight years, Ralph Boots, is leaving next month to accept an economic development directors position at Liberty.  Boots, a native of Moberly, spoke today with KTTN’s John Anthony.       As of the first of May, Boots had transitioned from the community development position for the city […]

Trenton, Missouri

City building codes hot topic at administrative committee meeting

Chairpersons were selected during meetings last night of the economic development and administrative committees for the city of Trenton. Chosen as chairperson of the economic development committee was Jennifer Hottes-Urich. Selected to chair the administrative committee was Dave Mlika. Those two, plus finance committee chairman Travis Elbert, will comprise the utility committee which oversees matters […]

Economic Development

Audio Interview: Trenton Development Director Ralph Boots on ConAgra and Economic Development

Since ConAgra made an announcement ten months ago that operations would phase out at the plant in Trenton beginning in the summer of 2017 and conclude with a potential closing sometime in 2018, very little information has been released. But there’s been lots of speculation. Economic Development Director Ralph Boots came by KTTN to provide what he could regarding […]

Arts can boost, diversify small-town economies

A two-day training this fall will show civic leaders, artists, elected officials, entrepreneurs, business owners and others how the arts can play a role in community and economic development. “Community Development Academy Explores: Arts & Economic Development,” Sept. 26-27 in Excelsior Springs, Mo., will look at the arts as a strategy for boosting and diversifying […]