From the Director
This year has been a year of uncertainty. Transportation Advisory Council has been in a ‘wait-and-see’ concerning Missouri Department of Transportation overall highway funding picture; Regional Homeland Security Oversight Committee has seen further reduction in funding; Region F Solid Waste District has came under additional legislative scrutiny; while Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Commission recruited a new Fiscal Officer, Denise Jaegers.
All the while, Pioneer Trails was recognized by Economic Development Administration for sound, excellent leadership and program, as we re-wrote our Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). USDA Rural Development awarded Pioneer Trails the sole Rural Business Opportunity Grant in Missouri to develop a rural waste synergy network across the west-central Solid Waste District F. Pioneer Trails hosted Mo Broadband Now initiative, Rural Electric Coop hazard mitigation planning, Action 2020 Workshop exploring bicycling and walking infrastructure effect, assisted Johnson County Trails Coalition, and participating in the Citizens’’ Blue Ribbon Committee on MO’s Transportation Needs.
We all must remember that just America, Pioneer trails is still young. Only 405 years separates America from our ultimate origins at Jamestown, Virginia, while France and Britain are 1,000 of years old, China 3,000 and Egypt 5,000. But what a 400 years it has been in the economic history of mankind! The poorest family in America today enjoys a standard of living that would have been considered opulent 400 years ago. As we enter this season of Thanksgiving, let’s look back, take stock, acknowledge just how far we’ve come and commit to providing new opportunities we can all enjoyed.