|Mayor Bill Jenks, III|
There have been fewer delights in my term as mayor than that of the recent announcements by both Brewer Science, Inc. and MoSci, Inc. – both headquartered in Rolla – that these two well known corporations are expanding their manufacturing facilities in the Rolla region.
Both of these companies, which represent the high-tech, innovative, cutting-edge manufacturing culture that some may liken to the Silicone Valley in California, identify the Rolla region as one of the growing areas throughout the Midwest for manufacturing along the I-44 Technology Corridor that spans from St. Louis to Joplin.
What’s even more exciting is the impact that these expansions will have not only on employment opportunities in the Rolla region, but also the state-wide and national recognition these expansions will have and already have had on our area. And to see this expansion in manufacturing take place along the I-44 Technology Corridor right in our own backyard is reason to be grateful for the investments these companies are making, and to be optimistic about the future of Rolla and the Meramec Valley Region.
Not only does this region possess a world-class university in Missouri University of Science and Technology, first-class medical facilities at Phelps County Regional Medical Center and Mercy; an outdoor lover’s paradise with the 1.5-million Mark Twain National Forest, great shopping and dining establishments, outstanding cultural opportunities, with great parks, walking/biking trails and fitness facilities, we are also a hub for high-tech manufacturing. This combination of strengths and assets will make this area all the more appealing and desirable to other companies, businesses, industries, investors and retail establishments interested in this area.
The wheels are in motion, the infrastructure is finalized, and at MoSci, where a 17,400--foot building expansion is underway, the footers are already poured. Considerable infrastructure improvements at Rolla National Airport where the new Brewer Science, Inc. manufacturing facility will be constructed, will include a new water tower and all new storm sewer systems. The completion of these two new manufacturing facilities – one at HyPoint Industrial Park, and the other at Rolla National Airport, which is owned and operated by the City of Rolla, will mark a significant shift in momentum toward increased manufacturing that will have a noticeable ripple effect throughout our community and the Meramec Valley Region.
What is even more exciting is that both Brewer Science, Inc. and MoSci are both locally owned and operated corporations whose leaders have a known passion for excellence and who care as much for the Rolla community as they do about the success of their business expansions. While so much is being said about our country’s lack of ‘Made in America’ culture that once pervaded the American psyche and work ethic, we are so fortunate here in Rolla, Missouri to have two very solid, very respected, and very well known global corporations engaging and succeeding in cutting-edge, ground-breaking manufacturing that is not only exciting, but also reinforces an image and a brand of Rolla as a hub for high-tech manufacturing, innovation and smart growth.
As we begin 2013 hearing about the employment opportunities that will be generated by the expansions at both Brewer Science,Inc. at Rolla National Airport and MoSci Inc., at HyPoint Industrial Park, there is always more strategic and economic development planning and collaborations that will need to take place. But you can be assured we will be hearing more positive news regarding the impact both of these companies have had and will continue to have on the Rolla region, the state of Missouri, and the world!
Have a nice weekend and a safe week!
Rolla City Council
Mtg. set for
The next Rolla City Council meeting will be held on Monday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rolla City Hall - Council Chambers, 901 N. Elm Street. City Council meetings are usually held the first and third Monday of the month unless interrupted by an observed holiday.
To view the agenda and full agenda packet for the Feb. 4 Council meeting, please visit the City's Website at: http://rollacity.org/admin/agenda.shtml#agenda.
Council meetings are also broadcast live on Rolla Channel 16, (Rolla's Public Education & Government channel).
For more information, please call City Administration at 426-6948.
Feb. 8 at The Centre
A Daddy Daughter Valentine Dance will be held on Friday, Feb. 8 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Centre - Rolla's Health & Recreation Complex located in the Fidelity Gymnasium, 1200 N. Holloway St.
The event is open to all daughters to attend with their Dads! The cost to attend is $25 for non-members and $20 for Centre members. Each additional child will be $2.50. This second annual event at The Centre will be a fun-filled night for Dads and their little ladies.
Dad's - put on your best suits and daughter's put on your prettiest dresses and join us for a very special evening to remember. The event will include dancing with a live DJ, refreshment area, craft table, soft play equipment for the tiny ones and new this year – a Party Pic Booth!
Do not miss out on this magical evening and be sure to register early. Pre-registration at The Centre (341-2386) will be required and the event will be limited in numbers. Registration deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 5.
PLEASE NOTE: Only family members may register together for this special event!
Feb. 22 at Eugene
Northern Community Hall
In an effort to focus on Heart Awareness during the month of February, The Centre staff will be holding a Healthy Heart Zumba (dance) Party on Friday, Feb. 22 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Eugene Northern Community Hall (located at 400 West Fourth Street) in Rolla, Missouri.
The Centre staff will donate the proceeds to the Heart to Heart Committee, which is a branch of the Foundation at Phelps County Regional Medical Center (P.C.R.M.C.).
The Heart to Heart Committee has been able to gift countless men and women in our community screenings that they would otherwise not be able to afford. Several individuals have even had to have immediate medical action so the committee and Centre staff are thrilled to be able to ZUMBA (dance) for such a great cause!
Door prizes will be given to winning participants! All ages are welcome for this FUNdraiser! The entry fee is $10 or FREE for unlimited class pass holders. So sign up today at The Centre (1200 N. Holloway St.), or call The Centre at 573-341-2386.
Taste of Rolla
Chili Cook-Off set
for March 9
Which locally owned restaurant makes the best chili in Rolla? Well, you get to vote on it at the Taste of Rolla Chili Cook-Off which will be held on Saturday, March 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Eugene Northern Community Hall (located at 400 West 4th Street).
Thirteen locally owned restaurants will provide healthy portions of their specially made chili to be sampled by you, and then you will vote for your favorite. Chili, hot dogs and soda will be available for purchase with all proceeds going to Special Olympics Missouri. Musical entertainment will be provided by the popular classic acoustic guitar rock group, Trilogy.
This event, which is sponsored by the Rolla Police Department, is a Law Enforcement Torch Run event to support Special Olympics Missouri athletes. The Rolla Police Department has been an avid supporter for Special Olympics for over 30 years, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for local athletes. Please come out and help us help the athletes.
For more information or to answer any questions, please contact Sgt. Vince Giacolone, VIPS Director/Community Police Officer, at 573-308-1213.
Rolla Channel 16
24/7 on the Web
If you happen to miss the airing of a Rolla City Council meeting, Planning & Zoning meeting, Rolla Public School Board meeting or Board of Public Works meeting, you can now watch them live on the Rolla Channel 16 Website at http://rollachannel16.com.
Rolla Channel 16, Rolla’s premiere Education and Government channel, is also now live streaming (24/7) at http://rollachannel16.com. RC16 is live streaming all Rolla City Council meetings, Rolla Planning & Zoning Commission meetings, Rolla Public Schools board meetings, Rolla High School Review and “City Minutes” hosted by the City of Rolla’s Communications Office.
Other syndicated content on RC16 such as Missouri Outdoors, Army Newswatch, and Capitol Dialogue will also live stream on RC16 at http://rollachannel16.com.
For more information regarding programming or DVD duplication of Rolla City Council meetings, Rolla Planning & Zoning meetings, and Rolla Public Schools board meetings, etc., please contact Kenny Perzan, Senior Video Editor, at (573) 426-3377 or at Kenny.Perzan@fidelitycommunications.com.
Be sure to watch Rolla Channel 16 – “Education, Government and Community for you!”
2013: Environmental Services Dept. List of Important Dates (Clip & Save)
Feb. 4 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
Feb. 8 – Daddy Daughter Valentine’s Dance (7-8:30 p.m.); The Centre, 1200 N. Holloway; call 341-2386 to pre-register by Feb. 5
Feb. 18 – City Hall closed for President’s Day Holiday
Feb. 18 – Environmental Services Dept. closed for President’s Day; Monday’s trash picked up Tuesday; Tuesday’s trash picked up Wednesday
Feb. 19 – Rolla City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
Feb. 22 – Zumba Party – Heart Awareness (7-8:30 p.m.); Eugene Northern Community Hall, 400 W. Fourth St.; The Centre will donate proceeds to the Heart to Heart Committee – a branch of the Foundation at PCRMC; Fee: $10 or FREE for unlimited class pass holders (sign up today at 341-2386)
Feb. 26 – Rolla Day at the Capitol (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.); Senate Rotunda; Hosted by Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce (364-3577)
March 4 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
March 9 – Taste of Rolla Chili Cook-Off (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.); Eugene Northern Community Hall, 400 W. 4th Street; proceeds to benefit Special Olympics Missouri
March 13 – St. Pat’s Court arrives at downtown bandshell (12-noon)
March 16 – St. Pat’s Parade (11 a.m.); Pine Street, downtown Rolla
March 18 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.
April 1 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
April 2 – Rolla General Municipal Election (polls open at 6 a.m.)
April 6 – City-wide Spring Clean-Up (items to curb by 6 a.m.); residential only (364-6693)
April 15 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
April 28 – Local Government Week Begins (April 28 thru May 4)
May 6 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
May 18 – Public Works Celebration Day (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.); Downtown Bandshell and Festival Lot
May 19 - National Public Works Week Begins (May 19-25)
May 20 – City Council Mtg. (6:30 p.m.)
Scott A. Grahl
City of Rolla, Missouri
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