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    Our Mission

    Our Mission: The objective of Mo-Kan Development, INC. (MKDI) is to promote the economic development of the regional community with the assistance of the Small Business Administration. MKDI meets it's primary objective by assisting entrepreneurs with financing through various loan programs.

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    Mo-Kan Staff

     

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    Jon originally joined Mo-Kan Regional Council in January 2005 through an internship program offered by Missouri Western State University. He became a part of the team as a Loan Officer upon graduation in June 2006; and in October 2009, he became the Senior Loan Officer. Jon holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. His primary responsibilities include working with entrepreneurs in the Mo-Kan region and connecting them to the SBA 504 and 7(a) loan programs and the revolving loan fund (RLF).

     

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    Kathy began as an intern with Mo-Kan in early 2015. After graduation from Missouri Western State University, she started full-time as a loan officer and Brownfield Coordinator. Kathy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a major in Finance and Management and a minor in Economics. She grew up in Cameron, Missouri. Her hobbies include fishing and spending time with her family.

     

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    Gary joined Mo-Kan Regional Council in February 2005, working primarily with the 504 Loan Program. In April of 2007, he assumed the responsibilities of Mo-Kan’s Fiscal Officer. His previous experience includes 14 years as an accountant in the non-profit environment and 15 years in the restaurant business. Gary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Missouri Western State University. His primary responsibility is to maintain the accounting system for Mo-Kan Regional Council, Mo-Kan Development, Inc., and the Circle of HOPE program. He is also involved in the Mo-Kan loan programs.

     

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    Rebecca Thacker is a Nodaway County native and after twenty years away (living in other states and abroad) she has returned to the area. Her background includes work experience in local government, non-profit and education. Thacker's undergraduate degree is from Northern Arizona University and she is nearing completion of her master's degree in Community and Economic Development from Pennsylvania State University. She has also completed a certificate program in renewable energies.

     

      

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    Missouri Career Center

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    The St. Joseph Career Center is located at 301 S. 7th Street, St. Joseph, MO 64501

       

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    Janice joined Mo-Kan Regional Council in September 2008, coming from from the Missouri Career Center in Kansas City where she worked for the Full Employment Council. Janice supervises five Mo-Kan staff and 11 state employees. Her primary duties are to assure that the functions of the Next Generation Career Center model is carried out daily in a smooth and professional manner conducive to the job seekers, employers, and community members that seek our services on a regular basis.

     

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    Janis joined Mo-Kan in July 2010, coming from the Community Action Partnership where she worked with the Head Start Program for 12 years and Employment and Training for 14 years. Janis is on the Skills Team and her primary duties include Skills Team Leader where she oversees a team of four staff members, WIA enrollments, payment vouchers, and Missouri Employment and Training Programs. She is also an administrator of Workkeys assessments.

     

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    Erica joined Mo-Kan in October 2014, coming from American Family Insurance where she worked as a Policy Processor. Erica is cross-trained to cover all teams in the Job Center. Currently on the Skills Team, her primary duties include WIOA enrollments and Missouri Employment and training programs. Other duties include assisting customers with building resumes and cover letters, processing payment vouchers, and administering WorkKeys Assessments. 

     

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    Laura Brewer received her Bachelor Degree in Special Education Teaching and an Associate’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at MWSU. She has taught at Mid-Buchanan RV and the St. Joseph School District for a total of 13 years. In 2012, she took a temporary position working as the Administrative Coordinator for the DRJP (Disaster Recovery Jobs Program) through Mo-Kan at the Missouri Career Center. In this position she coordinated participants with job duties, monitored job sites, reviewed bi-weekly timesheets, and met with the U.S. Department of Labor, Northwest Regional Council of Governors, MO State auditors, and other local officials. Laura was fortunate to become employed at the Missouri Career Center in December 2012 as a Career Counselor. Laura has had the opportunity to Working with clients in the areas of; Welcome, Skills, and Jobs. Currently she is the OJT (On the Job Training) Lead Person. In this position, Laura utilizes OJT NEG grants which provide on-the-job-training opportunities to many unemployed individuals while building the capacity of the workforce investment system and assisting in economic recovery. OJT participants are given a chance to develop applicable occupational skills while earning a paycheck.Employers participating in OJT program receive partial reimbursement to offset the extraordinary cost of training workers. OJT assists workers become proficient in needed skills quickly, encouraging employers to hire workers sooner than perhaps initially planned, facilitating private sector hiring and spurring economic growth.

    About Mo-Kan

     MO-KAN Regional Council is an economic and community development organization serving county and municipal governments in four Missouri counties, two Kansas counties and one municipality in a non-member Kansas County: Andrew, Buchanan, Clinton, and Dekalb counties in Missouri; Atchison and Doniphan counties in Kansas; and Morrill municipality in Brown County, Kansas.

    The concept of a regional council stemmed from the need to pool area resources for the purpose of securing professional services for counties and municipalities. One such service lacking at the time of conception was that of planning services for land use and zoning. Legislation providing for this pooling of effort was enacted in Kansas and Missouri in the 1950's and 60's. In 1957, Kansas authorized County Zoning and Planning Commissions, which could either employ a Zoning Officer or in the less populous counties contract for consulting services. In 1966, Missouri designated twenty areas permitted to pool planning resources. Included in the Missouri pooling zone were Andrew, Buchanan, Clinton and DeKalb (ABCD) counties.

    The ABCD Regional Planning Commission was chartered in February 1968. In June of 1968, the Doniphan County, Kansas Planning and Zoning Commission sought membership with the Missouri Commission to create synergy in the outlying St. Joseph Metropolitan Area. Consequently, permission was granted to create the Mo-Kan Bi-State Planning Commission whose name changed five years later to the entity we now know as Mo-Kan Regional Council. Immediately seeing the value in the regional planning commission, the City of Atchison sought and was granted membership in November of 1968. Kansas membership increased with the addition of Atchison County and the City of Horton in 1974. In 1984 the cities of Hiawatha and Morrill also elected to join.

    Over the course of time, member governments developed a wider-range of needs other than that of long-range planning. The organization began providing services such as grant procurement and administration, offset printing and cartography, and has continued to broaden its scope of services over the years.

    The voting membership of the Mo-Kan Regional Council consists of 32 persons, sixteen each from Missouri and Kansas. Kansas members are named directly to the Council by Doniphan and Atchison Counties and the municipalities of Atchison and Morrill. Missouri members are first named by the counties and municipalities to the ABCD Regional Planning Commission. This group then holds a caucus by county to name the sixteen who will be the Mo-Kan Council voting members from Missouri. The Council and the Commission meet simultaneously each month to transact Council Business.

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