Lake of the Ozarks Council of

Local Governments

Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments

Serving Camden, Laclede, Miller and Morgan Counties

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy


Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) Meeting Schedule 2021

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Update

Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments (LOCLG) will be hosting a series of meetings to discuss the updates to the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The current CEDS dated 2017, is due for an update. LOCLG works with the Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) to promote economic development activities that will provide support for economic growth within the region. The revised CEDS is due to EDA in early 2022. Your participation in the planning and development of the CEDS 2022 is imperative to making sure we encompass the needs of the four-county region as the CEDS is the economic vision for the future of the region.

February 2, 2021-Meeting Materials Available for Review. Click on the topic below, links to presentation.

Workforce Recruitment and Retention in Rural Missouri-Dr. Mark White with the University of Missouri Extension

Overview of the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center and Review of the Industry Sectors and Clusters within the Region-Mary Turner with MERIC

Marketing the Lake of the Ozarks Region as a Great Place to Live and Work-Heather Brown with Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitors Bureau

April 6, 2021-Meeting Materials Available for Review.  Click on the topic below, links to presentation.

Agritourism-Kelly Smith, Senior Director, Marketing & Commodities Missouri Farm Bureau

Entrepreneurship-Kelly Asbury, Director of Small Business & Technology Development-State Fair Community College

Entrepreneurship Resources-Alexces Bartley, Network Builder, MOSoureLink

June 1, 2021 Topics:

  • Energy and Environmental Security

What are the current and future energy needs and how will they be met? We will have experts within the energy sector explain the local energy industry and discuss future energy requirements.

  • Disaster Resilience

We will discuss how natural disasters may impact our region and how we can improve resilience in both local governments and businesses. An in-depth look at the region’s Hazard Mitigation Plans and how we can incorporate common goals and objectives that have been identified by each of these counties and see how we can encourage and support more resilient communities and businesses.

August 3, 2021 Topics:

  • Site Selectors

How can site selectors impact our region’s economic development? We will discuss who site selectors work for, the information they collect and analyze, to help us understand how to improve in areas that are important to the site selection process.

  • Workforce Development

What is important when working with educators and developing programs to meet the workforce needs of our region’s businesses? How can the partnership between education and business create economic growth within the region?

October 5, 2021 Topics:

  • Technology

Technological advancement is changing jobs and workforce needs. We will examine the technical aspects of the industry sectors within the region and learn how to adapt and embrace technology to enhance the competitiveness of the region for advanced manufacturing and other technology driven sectors.

Opportunity Zones

Camden and Laclede Counties both have opportunity zones, understanding the benefits and the opportunities to attract investments into these areas will be important to the development within the lowest income areas of the region.

December 7, 2021 Topics:

  • SWOT Analysis

This will be the capstone event in the series of meetings; we will analyze the region’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. This information will help us identify areas with the most growth potential and areas of concern to include in the CEDS.

CEDS 2017

CEDS Annual Report 2018

CEDS Annual Report 2019

CEDS Annual Report 2020

CEDS Annual Report 2021