Pictured above (left to right) at the Atchison County booth are: Atchison County Clerk Susette Taylor, Crystal Woodring, Representative Allen Andrews, South District Commissioner Richard Burke and ACDC Director Monica Bailey.

Atchison County’s booth educated visitors on the importance of local taxation of wind farms

Great Northwest Day at the Capitol 2018 drew more than 250 area constituents together to showcase the region in Jefferson City, Missouri, February 5 and 6. Nineteen counties, multiple communities and representatives from business, education, healthcare and government came together to discuss issues that are critical to the region. This year’s priorities focused on caring for our youngest citizens, aligning to educate and advance workforce, rural high-speed broadband access and affordability, safer roads and bridges, and wind energy and water projects.

A luncheon kicked off the event on Tuesday with Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe. After a quick group picture, educational roundtable presentations were moderated by Monica Bailey. Northwest Day at the Capitol’s Priorities Chair, Christel Gollnick, gave an overview of the priority selection process and a more in-depth conversation on the priorities that were chosen. Our second topic was Missouri’s Bicentennial by Kathleen Seale, Senior Archivist, State Historical Society of Missouri, who presented ways all communities in Missouri can get involved. The roundtable presentations wrapped up with Becky Cleveland, Brookfield Industrial Development Authority, giving a report on the Communities of Excellence program.

The evening luau event, designed to educate attendees about Northwest Missouri, consisted of a regional expo that showcased community/county booths which emphasized the identified regional priorities and promoted local attributes. Attending the event were over 250 participants from Northwest Missouri, 13 senators and 67 representatives from across Missouri, as well as staffers and state office workers from many different departments.

Great Northwest Day concluded Wednesday morning with a breakfast and presentation from Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn.

Atchison County’s booth educated visitors on the importance of local taxation of wind farms. Attending from Atchison County were Crystal Woodring, Monica Bailey, Richard Burke, Susette Taylor, Kevin Dechant, Duane Klute, Craig Heits, Larry Lauman, Sam Creed, and Hugh Wallace. Also attending with Atchison County were John and Sondra Davis and Don and Carol Jagger, representing Tarkio College. Missouri Supreme Court Justice Zel Fischer, pictured above with Monica Bailey, stopped to visit with the group.

Great Northwest Days co-chair Micah Landes stated, “Great Northwest Day has become known as one of the legislators’ favorite events. Once again, the steering committee put on a wonderful evening of entertainment and education, highlighting our great communities, explaining our challenges, and showcasing our goods and flairs to all members of the legislature.”

Volunteers from across the region began planning for the event in August of 2018. Community and corporate sponsors provide financial support for this annual project. Sponsors for this year’s event were Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, Mosaic Life Care, AllState Consultants, KCP&L, Spencer Fane, Cameron Regional Medical Center, Snyder & Associates, North Central Missouri College, Northwest Missouri State University, and Missouri Western State University.

For more information on the event or how you can participate next year, contact Monica Bailey, Atchison County Coordinator, or visit the website at www.greatnorthwestday.com. For event photos visit Great Northwest Day at the Capitol Facebook page.