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.

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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.