Our regional legislators are back to work in Jefferson City and community advocates throughout northwest Missouri are ready to share their priorities this year at Great Northwest Day at the Capitol, January 31 & February 1, 2017.  This event, focused on raising awareness of Northwest Missouri to State Legislators and departments, features an introduction on the House and Senate floors, a regional luncheon, department roundtables and an educational breakfast. The Mardi Gras themed main event on Tuesday night provides an opportunity for community representatives to promote their communities to legislators and others who are invited to attend.
One of the many strengths of Great Northwest Day at the Capitol is how the steering committee collects and prioritizes issues and concerns that impact the entire northwest region. “Great Northwest Day works hard to listen to all in the region and find out priorities that benefit all,” said Pat Dillon, 2017 Steering Committee Chair. “Speaking as one voice is powerful.” This year’s priorities include: Creation of a Rural Policy Office; Investment in Infrastructure, to include Broadband Deployment, Transportation, Water and Wastewater; Investment in Education, including both PreK-12 and Higher Education; and Local Control, for programs such as Solid Waste Districts, Economic Development Funding, and School Districts.
For more information on the event or how you can attend, contact the Monica Bailey, County Coordinator (660-744-6562, atchdev@rpt.coop), or visit the website at www.greatnorthwestday.com.