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2012 Spotlight on Osage County schedule announced

The Community Action Team (CAT) for Osage County has announced six new sessions of the informational series, “Spotlight on Osage County” for the 2012 calendar year.

The monthly series featuring businesses that invest in the county and agencies that serve the county is designed to educate, inform & enlighten the residents of Osage County. 

“The series is successfully bringing business leaders and the community closer together,” said Martha Ray, Community Services Specialist at Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA).

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.  “The first six months of the series went well and we are looking forward to continuing the series into 2012.”

The six sessions scheduled for 2012 are as follows:

-       January 5           
Byron Baker, Member
Osage County Enhanced Enterprise Zone
Osage County Community Center

-       February 2           
Kathy Dothage, County Program Director
University of Missouri Extension
Osage County Community Center

-       March 1           
John Kehoe, Partner & Steve Voss, Partner
Osage Industries
STC Vehicle and Power Center Conference Hall

-       April 5                       
Steve Bescheinen, Owner
Bescheinen Family Furniture
Osage County Community Service

-       May 3                       
Keith Beck, Owner
Beck Motors
Mike Carroll, Owner
Carroll-Rehma Motors
STC Vehicle and Power Center Conference Hall

-       June 7                       
Bonnie Prigge, Executive Director
Meramec Regional Planning Commission
STC Vehicle and Power Center Conference Hall

All presentations are held on the first Thursday of every month from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  “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.”  

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. For more information about CMC, visit 

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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