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Community Action Team launches information series: Spotlight on Osage County

The Community Action Team (CAT) for Osage County has launched an informational series to educate, inform and enlighten residents of Osage County about the county in which they reside. The series, entitled “Spotlight on Osage County,” features businesses that invest in the county and agencies that serve the county.

“It is our hope to bring business leaders and the community closer together,” said Martha Ray, Community Services Supervisor at Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA). “We want to unite our community leaders and attract and grow industry in Osage County.”

Co-sponsoring the series is State Technical College of Missouri (STC). According to Dr. Donald Claycomb, president of STC and CAT member, the purpose of the series is to accentuate the positive aspects of Osage County. “There are many good things going on in Osage County,” said Claycomb. “We’re hoping to showcase them through this series in partnership with CAT.”

The first session of the series will kicked off on June 2 with a presentation by Missouri Bankers Association president, John Klebba. Klebba will speak to residents about the issues facing rural counties and what makes a difference in banking.

All presentations will be held on the first Thursday of every month at the Osage County Community Center from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., with the exception of November 3 to be held at the STC Vehicle and Power Center. “It is our intention to start and end on time,” said Claycomb. “We don’t want to move into dinner time. We want residents to stop by, learn about what is going on in Osage County and then get on with their plans for the evening.”

Additional topics for the series are scheduled as follows:

  • August 4 Superintendent of Schools: RI - Mike Bumgarner,
    RII - Mary Elsensohn, RIII - Joe Scott
  • September 1 Arlen Schwinke, President of Osage County Agritourism
  • October 6 Chris Dickneite, Director of Marketing, Quaker Windows
  • November 3 Mark Schaefer, Administrator of Osage Ambulance District
  • December 1 Tom Werdenhause, Manager of Three Rivers Electric Cooperative

Other topics will be added later with the intention of the series continuing as long as there is community interest. “We are anticipating the series will go well and intend to offer even more sessions beyond what we currently have scheduled for this year,” said Ray.

The CAT was created as a result of the Community Alliance Summit sponsored by CMCA in 2010. The Summit gave local residents an opportunity to come together to identify a mission and vision for their community, particularly as it relates to economic stability for all members of the community.

CMCA serves eight counties in Central Missouri including Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Moniteau, and Osage. CMCA empowers individuals and families to achieve self-reliance through a multi-faceted approach that follows the continuum of human development by engaging the community to assure that all people's basic needs are met, ensuring that there are opportunities for lifelong learning, that personal and community assets are plentiful, and that relationships exist across race and class lines.

With more than 35 programs, State Technical College of Missouri is Missouri’s only public two-year technical college with a statewide mission. STC prepares students for profitable employment and a life of learning. STC has three locations in Linn, Mexico and Jefferson City. 

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