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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Railsback says GHRPC has 'rebounded' at annual board mtg.

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  • On November 29, 2012, the Green Hills Regional Planning Commission Board of Directors held their Annual Meeting and Christmas dinner. The meeting was held on the campus of North Central Missouri College, Trenton and began with partner agency, elected official, and staff introductions. Executive Director, Randy Railsback provided an overview of the agencies accomplishments for the past 10 years in which he has been the Director for the agency.
    Railsback noted that in spite of severe financial difficulties at the beginning of his tenure, the agency has rebounded and continues to attract Federal and State funds and programs to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of the counties and communities serviced by the Green Hills Regional Planning Commission (GHRPC). The Commission serves Caldwell, Daviess, Harrison, Grundy, Mercer, Putnam, Sullivan, Livingston, Linn, Chariton, and Carroll counties in north central Missouri and is the largest geographic Planning Commission region in the State.
    Since 2002, Mr. Railsback noted that the agency had assisted in attracting over $365 million dollars of Federal, State, and local funds to the region to address a number of public infrastructure needs as well as Economic Development Technical Assistance and support, Disaster and Transportation Planning, Solid Waste Management, and Workforce Development. Specific program achievements highlighted by the Director included:
    • $50 million dollars in CDBG/USDA/DNR grant funds were awarded throughout the region for a variety of infrastructure projects
    • $2 million dollars in CDBG grant funds awarded to 21 Demolition projects resulting in the demolition of 450 vacant dilapidated structures
    • 19 economic development loans were made totaling $904,516.00
    • $2.3 million dollars of Federal Workforce Investment Act funds have been invested in the region to support training and supportive services for individuals seeking employment or training
    • 65 Environmental Reviews have been completed which is required for any project to receive Federal funding and each county has had a Hazard Mitigation Plan prepared which is necessary to obtain FEMA/SEMA funds and useful to attract other types of funding
    • The Economic Development Administration/Department of Commerce invested $390,840 to support the availability of Economic Development Technical Assistance for the region
    • Transportation Planning in Partnership with MoDOT has resulted in over $300 million dollars invested in 160 projects throughout the region
    • The Solid Waste Management District has sponsored 61 grants totaling $540,690.00 and held 48 Waste Collection events throughout the region
    Director Railsback concluded his comments by stating he was very proud of the agencies accomplishments which could not have been realized without qualified staff and the assistance of each city and county government within the eleven county region.
    The Green Hills Regional Planning Commission's office is located at 1104 Main, Trenton MO 64683. Communities or individuals with questions or interest about services offered by the Commission are welcome to contact the Commission office by mail, website www. ghrpc.org, phone 660-359-5636, or via email at ghrpc.org.

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