Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Notice for Not-for-Profits

If you are associated with a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, you should check into IRS Form 990-N. Your organization may be required to file this document or face loss 0f status.

The IRS site is: http://www.irs.gov/charities/article/0,,id=169250,00.html.
By clicking on "here" in the box titled "How to File", you will be taken to a place where you can try to register as a new user. You'll need to enter the organization's 9-digit EIN - when you enter the EIN the system will kick you out if you are not required to file Form 990-N.

If you don't know if your organization is still registered as a not-for-profit you can check by going to the Missouri Secretary of State site: https://www.sos.mo.gov/BusinessEntity/soskb/csearch.asp
and searching for your organization.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Northwest RCOG Wins WIA Bid

On May 18, 2010, the Northwest Missouri Workforce Investment Board awarded contracts for the Next Generation Career Center (NGCC) program.  The NGCC, which brings together the Adult and Dislocated Worker components of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), is a new model being rolled out across Missouri's WIB regions in an effort to not only standardize workforce programs, but also increase efficiency in light of reduced state revenues and subsequent budget reductions.  The Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments is happy to announce it has been awarded the FY2011 NGCC contract for the northwest Missouri subregion (Atchison, Gentry, Holt, Nodaway, and Worth counties). 

The Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments has been an active partner with the Northwest Missouri WIB for a number of years, operating nearly every program of the WIA at one time or another.  The Regional Council currently operates the Dislocated Worker program and the Career Assistance Program.  As a result of the successful bid, the Regional Council will adding the Adult worker program to its workforce development division.  For more information about workforce development in northwest Missouri, contact Kim Mildward, director of workforce development, at 582-8980.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Statewide Transportation Program Draft available for public comment

The proposed five-year transportation improvement program for 2011-2015 was presented to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission on Friday, May 6, 2010. The Statewide Transportation Program (STIP) provides a list of projects in each MoDOT district scheduled to be completed. Atchison, Holt, Gentry, Nodaway, and Worth Counties have projects on the STIP which include Safe and Sound bridge replacements as well as improvements to Interstate 29, Highway 136, and Highway 169.

Interested in viewing and/or commenting upon the plan? Please visit: http://www.modot.mo.gov/plansandprojects/construction_program/STIP2011-2015/index.htm

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Area Students Learn the 4R's

Area second, third, and fourth graders from northwest Missouri descended on Northwest Missouri State University on Tuesday, May 4th for a fun-filled, interactive program that focused on recycling and protecting the environment. Students were able to take campus tours and learn more about the university’s sustainability initiatives at the Pellet and Power Plant, as well as explore the state’s officially recognized arboretum at Northwest.

The highlight of the day came with a program at the Ron Houston Center for Performing Arts by Mr. Richard Renner, the “goofy garbage man” from Lawrence, Kansas. Students learned that they can help the environment through Reducing, Reusing, Recycling and Re-buying goods with a grin and a giggle.

Schools participating in the event were West Nodaway, North Nodaway, Rock Port, Jefferson, Stanberry, Tarkio, South Holt, Maryville Eugene Field, St. Gregory’s, and Horace Mann.

The Northwest Missouri Regional Solid Waste Management District sponsored the event with assistance from Northwest Missouri State University Environmental Services Department in providing tours. Funding was provided by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Friday, April 30, 2010

2009 Population Estimates Show Continued Loss for Northwest Missouri

The U.S. Census Bureau and Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) have released the 2009 population estimates for Missouri's counties. Unfortunately, the estimates continue to show population decline in the region. Not surprisingly, the counties surrounding the Missouri's urban centers are experiencing the most growth (see map).  Hopefully the full 2010 Census count will show a reversal of the northwest Missouri population decline.

2009 Estimates (with change from 2000 Census):
Atchison County: 6,036 (-415, -6.5%)
Gentry County: 6,108 (-656, -9.6%)
Holt County: 4,868 (-456, -8.5%)
Nodaway County: 22,130 (+129, +0.6%)
Worth County: 2,014 (-371, 15.6%)

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Current Northwest Missouri Census Participation Rates

The Census Bureau says 72 percent of Missouri households have mailed in their 10-question forms. That’s right on the national average but down two percentage points from ten years ago. The 28 percent of Missouri households that still have not mailed in their forms can expect census takers to be knocking on their doors in the next few weeks.
To date in northwest Missouri, our counties are trending close to the state average, although Worth and Holt seem to be a bit behind.  The return rate numbers as of April 29:
  • Atchison County: 73%
  • Gentry County: 74%
  • Holt County: 62%
  • Nodaway County: 74%
  • Worth County: 61%
Cities and counties rely on Census data for many different things, including grant funding, infrastructure development, and growth planning. Encourage your friends and neighbors to return their Census 2010 forms today!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Maryville Awarded CDBG Grant

Congratulations to the City of Maryville for receiving a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for downtown revitalization.  The $181,000 grant will enable the city to finish improvements to the downtown business district, including new streets, sidewalks, lighting, and underground infrastructure.  Arnie Kreek, Economic Development Planner for the Regional Council, prepared the grant application.  View the announcement here.