I was invited to a meeting with Missouri American Water last week. All the local Reps were there with me to get an update on area water issues. Missouri American is working along with other concerned groups in our area to formulate a long-term plan to assure that we have a good clean source of water. Over many years the aquifer that most of our water supply is drawn from is being depleted. We have to drill deeper and deeper to get enough volume for our growing population. We aren't in imminent danger of running out but it is prudent to start planning for reservoirs to supply us our needs 50 years down the road. We also attended the ribbon cutting for the Blue Buffalo Pet Food Manufacturing Facility. They are the dominant structure in the industrial park East of Flying J. They intend to employ 160 people and will have as many as 100 truckloads in and out daily! The owners told their story of how they came to be interested in producing a healthy pet food for their Airedale and the idea grew from there. The product has no grain in it and has meat as it's number one ingredient.
Thursday evening, I presented a Resolution to Jacob Dunkin at the Seneca School Board meeting. Jacob is in Terrie Asbill's gifted class and was one of two top students in the nation in recent History competition. (I wish he'd teach history to some of our governmental leaders, it appears as if they didn't learn any!) He is also active in sports and community events.
Friday I was at K&S Wire in Neosho at the invitation of Congressman Long. He brought Mr. Kairat Umarov, the Ambassador of Kazakhstan, to speak to us about trade possibilities. Kazakhstan is the most successful of the states of the former Soviet Union. They are looking at our Agricultural successes and manufacturing facilities for future investments. With the new international trade zone coming to Neosho, there are many possibilities for area companies to export our goods to help serve their growing needs.
Looks like a full schedule for this week also, I'll give you a report next time. Until then, I am and remain in your service.