September 11, 2014

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Commission Visits St. Joseph

The Northwest District welcomed the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission to St. Joseph this week for their monthly meeting. The Commission last visited in 2010 and chose St. Joseph for its first meeting outside Jefferson City for 2014. A reception hosted by the Community Alliance of St. Joseph was held on the evening of Sept. 9 at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art.

After the reception, presentations were given by the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce, St. Joseph City Manager Bruce Woody and Brad Lau from the St. Joseph Port Authority. Mr. Lau also serves as the vice president of economic development for the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce.

Water garden outside the museum
A water garden greeted guests on their drive in to the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art. The museum dates back to 1913 with the formation the St. Joseph Art League.
Museum where reception was held
The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, formerly the residence of Mr. and Mrs. William Albrecht, was the beautiful venue for the reception held the evening before the Commission meeting.
Guests at the reception
MoDOT Director Dave Nichols and Mike Rinehart, area engineer, talk with local county commissioners and members of the St. Joseph community at the reception.
Guests at the reception
Abe Forney, general manager of Rosecrans Memorial Airport; Jody Carlson, director of public works for the city of St. Joseph; and Tonya Lohman, area engineer for MoDOT, mingle during the reception.
Presentation after the reception
The Commissioners, St. Joseph civic leaders and MoDOT staff moved to the theater of the museum for a presentation on the impact transportation has on St. Joseph's economic development and growth by the Chamber of Commerce and city leaders.
Guests before dinner
After the presentation, current and former Commissioners talked with civic leaders prior to dinner.
Registration Table on the day of the meeting
Members of the public were invited to speak at the Commission meeting, held at Missouri Western State University. Senior Human Resources Technician Barb Holland, Senior Customer Service Representative Lisa Kellison and Senior Human Resources Specialist Angie Downey (not pictured) greeted guests and provided comment forms and meeting agendas.
The dinner buffet
A buffet by Luna's Fine Dining was provided for the Commissioners and guests.
Setting up the Commission Meeting
MoDOT staff, retirees, civic leaders, regional planning partners, members of the media and the public gathered for the Commission meeting in the Fulkerson Center at Missouri Western State University.
Public Comment Period during the Commission Meeting
Ron Blakely, vice chairperson of the St. Joseph Port Authority Board of Commissioners, addressed the Commission about the importance of ports, increased funding needs and how ports could be better utilized as part of a multi-modal transportation system.

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Marcia Johnson
Customer Relations Specialist
Northwest District

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