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October 2017

MML JOINS BUSINESS COUNCIL AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING … The Missouri Municipal League is proud to join the Missouri Business Council Against Human Trafficking, a business coalition recently announced by Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley. The Council will focus on education and training about human trafficking, and how Missouri workers and businesses can report suspected trafficking activity. Learn more.

MML 2018 LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE … Mark your calendars for the MML Legislative Conference Feb. 13-14, 2018, in Jefferson City, Missouri. This conference brings hundreds of local municipal officials and employees from across Missouri to learn about the latest legislation facing cities, while offering opportunities to meet with local legislators and share your community’s needs. Learn more and register!

MML ANNUAL CONFERENCE HANDOUTS … Thanks to you, the MML Annual Conference was a big success! Find pictures and handouts on the League website, and thank you for a great event! Mark your calendars for the 2018 MML Annual Conference in Branson, Missouri, Sept. 16-19, 2018.
2018 MML CALL FOR PROPOSALS … MML is already working to plan for the MML Annual Conference in Branson Sept. 16-19, 2018. The call for speaking proposals is live on the League website and MML will collect your presentation and speaking proposals until March 1, 2018. Learn more and submit your speaking proposal.

MML WELCOMES NEW LEADERSHIP … Missouri Municipal League members elected new leadership at the annual business meeting in September at the MML Annual Conference. Hazelwood Mayor Matt Robinson is the new MML president and Blue Springs Council Member Chris Lievsay serves as vice president. Three new board members were also elected: Cindy Pool, council member, Ellisville; Paul Campo, attorney, Williams and Campo, PC; and Jeanie Woerner, city clerk, Raymore.

MML BUSINESS ADVANTAGE PROGRAM … MML depends upon business sponsors and partners to assist with resources that allow MML to provide quality training, knowledge and advocacy for cities. In 2018, we are restructuring traditional sponsorship and partner programs to provide additional opportunities for business affiliates to engage city officials and employees. To learn more about MML’s new Business Advantage Program, visit

ELECTRIC CONTRACTOR LICENSE  … SB 240 passed last legislative session creates a statewide license for electrical contractors.  Political subdivisions may continue to enforce their own local electrical contractor's license, but must recognize a statewide license in lieu of such local license.  Any person who is operating as an electrical contractor in a political subdivision that does not require the contractor to hold a local license is not required to possess a statewide license. The Missouri Division of Professional Registration oversees this new statewide electrical contractor’s license. The Division has a number of resources related to this issue including an FAQ available on their website at:

MYTAX MISSOURI … The Missouri Department of Revenue is implementing a new integrated tax system.  With the implementation of this new system, the Department will introduce a new portal service called MyTax Missouri, available at  Through the portal service, each city, county, and district may obtain Open Business Locations Reports and Financial Sales and Use Tax Distribution Reports.  In addition, the portal service will contain a new version of the Online No Tax Due System. 
Currently, the Department provides one free Open Business Locations Report and Financial Sales and Use Tax Distribution Report to each city, county and district upon request.  Additional reports are available for an additional fee.  With the release of MyTax Missouri, the Department will make all Open Business Locations Reports and Financial Sales and Use Tax Distribution Reports available at no cost to each city, county and district.  However, to receive these reports, each city, county, and district must register as a Government User on MyTax Missouri. The Department provided specific guidance to cities, counties, and districts regarding the registration processes for the reports generation and for the Online No Tax Due System.  However, if you receive questions from any political subdivision, you may direct them to contact the Local Tax Unit at (573) 751-4876 or email at
SHERRIFF’S RETIREMENT FUND … A class-action suit is underway in Jackson County asking that the $3 surcharge on municipal violation tickets to help fund the county sheriff’s retirement fund be ruled unconstitutional. Read article.
TIF ANNUAL REPORTS DUE … Tax Increment Financing (TIF) reports are due to the Missouri Department of Revenue by Nov. 15, 2017. The penalty for failing to file a report is the loss of ability to implement new TIF projects for five years. Learn more.
MML INNOVATION AWARD WINNERS … Congratulations to the 2017 MML Innovation Award winners! The cities of Kansas City, Fulton, Nixa, Merriam Wood, Rockaway Beach and Brentwood were recognized at the MML Annual Conference Sept. 10-13 in Osage Beach. Learn more about the winning projects and find summaries of all projects submitted on the League website. Winners will also be highlighted in the November/December issue of the MML Review magazine.
SHARE YOUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STORY … The January/February 2018 issue of The Missouri Municipal Review will focus on economic development, featuring national and local content to assist communities with their own economic development initiatives. If you have a topic or project that fits well for this issue and would like to submit an article for consideration, please contact Laura Holloway with MML at or call 573-635-9134.
MGI RECIPIENTS … The following individuals were recently recognized at the MML Annual Conference for their completion of MML’s Municipal Governance Institute program. These Certified Municipal Officials have completed 12 hours of core study and four hours of elective training. The program is open to both elected and appointed municipal officials. Learn more about how to become a Missouri Certified Municipal Official.
Nancy Yendes, Blue Springs (completed 2016)
Renee Kingston, Camdenton
Reed Dupy, Chillicothe
Cindy Pool, Ellisville
Ella Jones, Ferguson (completed 2016)
Courtney Crowson, Fulton
Richard Vaughn, Fulton
Matt Turner, Harrisonville
Brian Hasek, Harrisonville
Sarah Carnes-Lemp, Independence
Robert Fritz, Kimberling City
Phillip Biston, Kirksville
Gib Adkins, Lebanon
Marilyn Ottenad, Manchester
Lindsay Krumpelman, Marceline
Ryan Keating, Nixa
Justin Orf, Nixa
Adam Couch, Odessa
Joseph Burke, III, Raymore (completed 2016)
Deanna Guy, Richmond
2020 CENSUS LOCAL UPDATE OF CENSUS ADDRESSES OPERATION (LUCA) … LUCA is the only opportunity offered to tribal, state and local governments to review and comment on the U.S. Census Bureau’s residential address list for their jurisdiction prior to the 2020 Census. Training workshops will begin in October, as well as webinars and self-training aids. The deadline to register for LUCA is December 2017. Find more information on how to participate.

MML WEBINARS … Register today  for an upcoming live MML webinar! Many of the webinars apply toward credit for the Municipal Governance Institute curriculum, to earn the Missouri Municipal Government Official certification. Recorded versions of previous webinars are available, covering topics such as Missouri use tax, personnel law and more. The cost is $10 per webinar. Learn more and register at

Upcoming MML Webinars: 

October 11, 2017: Business Retention and Expansion (BRE), presented by Sallie Hemenway, Missouri Department of Economic Development 
Look behind you! While all eyes are focused on attracting new business your existing businesses are steadily fueling your local economy. This session provides specific tools and action steps communities can take to ensure existing businesses have what they need to grow and thrive.
Session will qualify for 1 hour of economic development credit for the Municipal Governance Institute (*MGI).

November 15, 2017: Fundamentals of Municipal Government, presented by Christine Bushyhead, Bushyhead LLC
Session will qualify for 1 hour of fundamentals credit for the Municipal Governance Institute (*MGI).

December 7, 2017: Everyone Needs A Coach, presented by Dr. Mike Mowery, Servant Leadership Implementation and Executive Coaching
This session will cover: Tools for building a coaching culture; 3 broad categories of coaching; and outline for coaching development. These are not meant to be strict rules to follow, but guidelines that can give the coaching meeting structure. 
Session will qualify for 1 hour of elective credit for the Municipal Governance Institute (*MGI).

MEMBER ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND MILESTONES … MML would like to share your accomplishments and milestones with members! Send your award recognitions, city anniversaries, long-time employee recognitions, retirements and other items you want to share to Lori Noe at Your announcement may appear in the MML newsletter, Review magazine or on the League's website. 


MML Southeast Regional Meeting
Join fellow local officials and city staff Oct. 12 at the Black River Coliseum in Poplar Bluff at 6 p.m. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. There will be a presentation on the Use Tax by MML Policy and Membership Associate Stuart Haynes. Thank you to Poplar Bluff for hosting this event! Learn more and register.  

MML Central Regional Meeting
Join fellow local officials and city staff Oct. 18 at the Linc in Jefferson City at 6 p.m. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. The presentation will be "Benefits of Native Plants to Missouri Communities," by Carol Davit, executive director, Missouri Prairie Foundation. Thank you to Jefferson City for hosting this event! Learn more and register.
MML Northwest Regional Meeting
Join local officials and city employees Oct. 19 at the Comfort Inn in Chillicothe at 6 pm. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. There will be a presentation on the Sunshine Law. Thank you to Chillicothe for hosting this event! Learn more and register.

MML West Gate Regional Meeting
Join local officials and city employees Oct. 26 at the Eventful at Locust Grove in Weston at 6 pm. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. There will be a presentation on "The Future of Municipal Courts in Missouri,” presented by Ardie Bland, municipal judge, Kansas City. Thank you to Weston for hosting this event! Learn more and register.
GFOA FALL SEMINAR … The Missouri Government Finance Officers Association (Mo-GFOA) will host its Fall Seminar, Oct. 11, 2017 at the Stoney Creek Inn, Columbia, Missouri.  Topics discussed will include: popular annual financial reports (PAFR); investing public funds; fraud detection; and bond ratings. Following the seminar, Mo-GFOA will host a two-day Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) workshop Oct. 12-13, 2017.  Learn more.

MISSOURI APA STATE CONFERENCE … The 2017 Missouri American Planning Association Conference takes place Oct. 18-20 in downtown St. Louis. Learn more and register.

CULTURAL HERITAGE WORKSHOP … A Cultural Heritage Workshop takes place Oct. 19 in Rolla, Missouri. Join the Missouri Humanities Council, the University of Missouri Extension, and the city of Rolla for a one-day workshop to explore how culture, heritage, and the arts can be an addition to and diversification of traditional community and economic development practices. Participants will learn how projects and initiatives with this focus can favorably impact local and regional economies. Learn more and register.

LAGERS ANNUAL MEETING … The Missouri Local Government Employees Retirement System holds their annual meeting this year Oct. 19-20, 2017, and celebrate a 50-year anniversary. Learn more and register here.

ICMA ANNUAL CONFERENCE … The 103rd Annual International City and County Managers Conference takes place Oct. 22-25, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. Learn more and register.

NACTO DESIGNING CITIES 2017 … Now in its sixth year, the National Association of City Transportation Officials Designing Cities conference takes place Oct. 30 – Nov. 2 in Chicago. The conference brings together 800 officials, planners, and practitioners to advance the state of transportation in cities. Learn more and register.

NLC CITY SUMMIT … The National League of Cities’ City Summit takes place Nov. 15-18, 2017, in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Summit draws thousands of local elected officials, municipal staff and others in the sector nationwide for four days of knowledge-sharing, networking, learning and growing — all in the name of making America’s cities and towns amazing places to live, work and play. Learn more and register.

MISSOURI S&T ASPHALT CONFERENCE … The 60th Annual Missouri S&T Asphalt Conference will be held Nov. 28-29, 2017, at the Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla, Missouri. Learn more and register.

MAIN STREET NOW … Missouri Main Street Connection is co-hosting the 2018 Main Street Now Conference in Kansas City March 26-28, 2018. The conference is the largest gathering of preservation-based economic development and community revitalization professionals looking for real solutions to common problems in downtown and commercial district revitalization. Learn more.


The PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program supports bicycle infrastructure projects and targeted advocacy initiatives that make it easier and safer for people of all ages and abilities to ride. PeopleForBikes accepts grant applications from nonprofit organizations with a focus on bicycling, active transportation, or community development, from city or county agencies or departments, and from state or federal agencies working locally. Requests must support a specific project or program; the program does not grant funds for general operating costs. Learn more.

Nominations are now open for one small town to win a $500,000 revitalization and be featured in Season 3 of the acclaimed “Small Business Revolution – Main Street” series, starring Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec. This marks the third “Small Business Revolution – Main Street” contest, created by Deluxe Corporation. The winning town and its small businesses will receive one-on-one guidance from Herjavec; marketing and business services from Deluxe; upgrades to the town’s public spaces; and a starring role in the acclaimed series. Nominations are due Oct. 19, 2017. Once finalists are announced, the American public will vote to determine the final winner. Eligible towns must have fewer than 50,000 residents, and anyone can nominate a town, whether they live there or not. Find more details appear at, or visit the nomination page.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program will make approximately $1.5 billion available to projects to help rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure. In addition to providing direct federal funding, the INFRA program aims to increase the total investment by state, local, and private partners. INFRA advances a pre-existing grant program established in the FAST Act of 2015 and utilizes updated criteria to evaluate projects to align them with national and regional economic vitality goals and to leverage additional non-federal funding. The Department will make awards under the INFRA program to both large and small projects.  For a large project, the INFRA grant must be at least $25 million.  For a small project, the grant must be at least $5 million. Learn more.

The FY2017 Economic Development Assistance Programs funding announcement was recently released. Under this federal funding announcement, EDA solicits applications in order to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works and EAA programs. Learn more. 

ROADMAPS TO HEALTH COACHING Application dates ongoing
Sponsored by the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this program offers guidance and support from a community coach for communities who want to improve the health of their populations and work toward building a culture of health. Learn more.


LEE’S SUMMIT RUNWAY … Hundreds of community members joined the Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport staff in September for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate a landmark day for the airport — the opening of a 5,501-foot grooved concrete north/south runway. The unveiling was highlighted by a KC Flight Formation Team flyover. Read article.

MISSOURI CITIES TOP PLACES TO LIVE … Four Missouri cities are on Money Magazine’s Top 100 Places To Live in 2017 list. St. Peters is listed as number 15; O’Fallon as number 42; Lee’s Summit as number 92; and Nixa as number 97. Cities were chosen based on a population of 10,000 to 100,000, then quality of life benefits such as job opportunity, quality schools, cultural resources and recreation. Read article.

CERTIFIED MUNICIPAL CLERK … Ruth Bocchino, city of Gladstone city clerk, received her designation of Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC), awarded by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks, and her Missouri Registered City Clerk Certificate this year. The CMC designation is for clerks who have a record of significant contributions to their local government, community and state. Congratulations Ruth!


BUCKLE UP PHONE DOWN CHALLENGE … The Missouri Department of Transportation invites you to take the Buckle Up Phone Down challenge on Oct. 20. Sign up individually or as an organization. Challenge those you know to join you in buckling up and putting your phone down every time your drive! Sign up today.
ONLINE SAFETY CHECKLIST … October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a good time to learn more about the importance of cybersecurity. Read about some simple steps to online safety. 

CAPE GIRARDEAU MAIN STREET PRESERVATION … Cape Girardeau is the Missouri Main Street competing in the 2017 Partners in Preservation: Main Streets campaign. Partners in Preservation is an initiative created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express to engage the public in preserving and increasing awareness of America’s historic places and their role in sustaining local communities. The 2017 Partners in Preservation: Main Streets campaign invites the public to #VoteYourMainStreet to decide which historic sites along 25 of America’s favorite Main Streets should receive $2 million in preservation funding from American Express. You can vote for Cape each day until Oct. 31st. Learn more and vote.
Register Today! 
Feb. 13-14, 2018

Join hundreds of local officials and city employees to network and learn about the most pressing proposed legislation affecting your city.
Upcoming MML Webinars!
Oct. 11: Business Retention and Expansion
Nov. 15: Fundamentals of Municipal Government
Dec. 7: Everyone Needs A Coach


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