The fall version of this year’s Adopt-The-Shoreline effort is being called another big success. That’s according to Bryan Vance for Ameren Missouri. Vance says the program is modeled much the same way as the Adopt-A-Highway program. Cleanup crews this year removed 10,000 lbs of garbage. In addition to the 10 thousand pounds of trash removed from the big pond, another highlight of the effort was the donation of a clean-up pontoon used over the years by the crew led by Jerry Williams, the Camdenton Optimist Club and Kent Memorial Lutheran Church. That clean-up pontoon will now be used by a group over on the northshore in the Rocky Mount area.
A couple weeks ago we told you about a huge recall on Kidde-brand fire extinguishers. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has also issued a recall on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors made by the company. If you’ve replaced the batteries, the combination alarms may fail to continue to chirp after they reach the end of their seven-year shelf life. The CPSC says that can lead consumers to believe, incorrectly, that their alarms are still working properly. The combination alarm recall was actually issued in November of last year, but it is still active and involves alarms sold nationwide from June of 2004 through December of 2010. For more information call 855-239-0490.
On the heels of a recent index report illustrating confidence from small business owners, today there is more good news for Missouri’s economy. The state’s unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since July of 2000. The jobless rate fell to 3 ½ percent for October, marking the 31st consecutive month that the state unemployment rate has been below the national rate. Government employment was down by 3500 in October, while private sector jobs surged, rising by 4500. The largest growth sectors were manufacturing, health care & social assistance, and leisure & hospitality.
It appears as though the powerboat national championship is on its way to Lake of the Ozarks. Mike Shepherd from Lake Race tells KRMS News that they’ve reached an agreement in concept with Race World Offshore to promote their national championship powerboat race event in September of 2018. They’re still working on details and expect to make a major announcement after Thanksgiving.
A lake area educational center could hold a key for economic growth in the region and the state. The recent index of small business optimism assembled by the National Federation of Independent Businesses shows that business owners are confident in a growing economy and future growth, but they’re concerned about finding workers. Camdenton Schools Superintendent Dr. Tim Hadfield says the Lake Career and Technical Center may be a solution. They focus on skilled training for the job market and that’s something that industry desperately needs.
Brad Jones is the Missouri State Director for the NFIB and he says the lack of a skilled workforce is hindering faster growth.
The LCTC serves students from Camdenton, School of the Osage, Climax Springs, and Macks Creek. They also have classes for adults.
Economic trends show that small business owners are optimistic about the future. The recent data released in the NFIB Small Business Economic Trends report reflects another month of growth in the overall business confidence index. Brad Jones, the Missouri State Director for the NFIB, says that’s good news.
The index is comprised of ten categories measuring confidence in things like plans to hire or expand, sales projections, recent earnings, etc. Jones says right now, all signs point to a positive outlook for small business owners.
The largest growth over the last month came in business owners’ expectations of real sales growth and the belief that now is a good time to expand. You can see all the data HERE.
The Osage Beach Board of Aldermen is eyeing a senior housing development. At their meeting tomorrow night, the board’s expected to sign off on a letter of support to Resilience, LLC, supporting a senior housing project on Ozark Care Drive. The board will also hear the second reading on an amendment to the Osage Beach Commons TIF plan adding road improvements to Jayhawk to the TIF agreement. First and second readings are scheduled on a bill to authorize a municipal election for April 3rd. Tomorrow’s meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Osage Beach City Hall.