The Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Commission provides the following services:
Grant Writing – The organization assists cities, counties, special districts, and not for profit groups develop project financing proposals, identify potential funding sources, and assists with the preparation and submission of grant and loan proposals.
Grant Administration – The organization assists cities, counties, special districts, and not for profit groups manage state and federal grant and loan programs. The organization specializes in working with organizations to maintain project compliance with the affiliated state or federal regulations.
Community Planning – The organization works with member communities and related organizations to develop strategic or comprehensive plans to guide the development of individual communities and the region.
Economic Development Planning – The organization is designated by the United States Department of Commerce-Economic Development Administration as an economic development district (EDD). The responsibility of the EDD is to coordinate economic development activities on a regional basis, development a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS), and to benchmark the progress of the region using key indicators.
Transportation Planning – The organization partners with the Missouri Department of Transportation to identify and prioritize transportation improvement needs within the region. The organization has designated a transportation advisory committee (TAC) to assist with the identification and prioritization of needs.
Hazard Mitigation Planning – The organization works with State Emergency Management Agency to complete county-wide Natural Hazard Mitigation Plans that are a prerequisite to qualify for disaster mitigation funding. Local plans must be updated every five years to maintain program compliance.
Water Quality Planning – The organization works with the Department of Natural Resources to conduct needs assessments and develop plans to protect and improve the water quality of the regions streams and rivers. Water quality planning focuses on private and public wastewater systems and stormwater controls and regulations.
Regional Homeland Security – The organization works with the Office of Homeland Security to coordinate the investment of Homeland Security grant funds to enhance the capacity of local emergency response agencies, to align local response capacities with other regional response agencies, and to coordinate local and regional response capabilities with statewide resources.
Solid Waste Management – The organization provides staff support, grant administration, and planning services for the Region F Solid Waste Management District. The purpose of the program is to reduce Missouri’s dependency on landfills through education, enhancing recycling capacities, and promoting the reuse of recovered materials.
Mapping Services – The organization uses the latest in GIS technologies to assist communities, districts, and programs with mapping needs. The mapping capabilities include using GPS gathered data to create new maps, and using Census and other data sources to create pictures of information in a geo-spatial environment.