SMCOG will be submitting proposals to advance three major initiatives related to COVID-19 recovery: 1) direct support to Economic Development Organizations (EDOs) and private businesses, 2) building regional capacity for pursuing public assistance, and 3) improving access to capital. Below is a brief description of these initiatives, though this is subject to change based on final guidance that has yet to be released by the EDA. In addition to these regional initiatives, we are putting out a call for projects to EDOs and local communities to identify potential economic recovery projects.
USDA is making available up to $1 billion in loan guarantees to help rural businesses meet their working capital needs during the coronavirus pandemic.
Data and Information
Basic data collection is available to members. SMCOG is an affiliate of the Missouri State Census Data Center. The latest census information is available to both public and private census data users in the region. A planning library housed at MSU's Center for Resource Planning and Management Planning is also available to our members.
Newsletters, brochures, general and special request tracking of state and federal legislation, program regulations, funding sources, and other general information is provided for our members to keep them up date.
Comprehensive Planning for local communities is provided by request. Other services include specialized plans such as park plans. land use studies, sidewalk inventory/assessment, and economic development programs.
SMCOG has a cooperative agreement with the Missouri Department of Transportation to provide regional transportation planning services for the entire 10 county service area. The Southwest Missouri Transportation Advisory Committee is an advisory board to the SMCOG board and MoDOT that addresses regional transportation planning issues within the SMCOG area of service.
SMCOG assists member communities in searching for methods of funding in a variety of projects such as: housing rehabilitation, park planning and development, water and sewer utilities, energy conservation, and economic development.
Members of SMCOG may contract with the Council for computerized mapping services. SMCOG's mapping facilities are located in Missouri State University's Center for Resource Planning and Management, and utilizes up to date mapping software.
Grant Writing and Administration
Grant writing and research services, except for engineering, are available to members. SMCOG also has staff to administer grant projects for local communities.
SMCOG has prepared a regional comprehensive Economic Development Program as a part of forming an Economic Development District in southwest Missouri. Communities in rural counties that are both members of SMCOG and the Economic Development District will have the opportunity to participate in other locally initiated economic development programs.
SMCOG develops and initiates workshops, seminars and training sessions on a variety of topics of regional interest to Council members.