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  • LOCLG seeks new planner

  • The Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments is looking for a regional planner for the second time in a few months.
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  • The Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments is looking for a regional planner for the second time in a few months.
    Tammy Darnell resigned from the LOCLG recently. According to LOCLG Chair Kris Franken, she did not give a reason for leaving.
    The organization had recently hired Andy Draper to fill its second of two regional planner positions after terminating the employment of Mac McNally this summer for unspecified reasons.
    The staff of two regional planners, fiscal officer and administrative assistant are headed by Executive Director Linda Conner who was named to her position in January 2013 after serving as interim director since August 2012.
    The council serves the counties of Camden, Miller, Morgan and Laclede and helps guide planning for the region in areas of economic development, business financing, hazard mitigation and transportation as well as acting as a funnel for state and federal government funds to related projects within the region.
    Working with federal and state agencies, the council provides coordination and technical support to county and city governments including planning, grant writing and administrative assistance on such issues as economic development and infrastructure projects.
    Projects currently being worked on by LOCLG staff include hazard mitigation plans for Laclede, Miller and Morgan counties, sewer expansion in Camden County, a regional transportation planning priority list, a Brownfields project at the Carousel building in Eldon, regional broadband expansion, small business management and financing opportunities, mapping regional critical facilities, disaster planning and workshops on franchises, women-owned businesses and entrepreneurship.
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