REDI Report – December 12, 2015

Local people help each other out in many ways

The passion that people living in Lebanon and Laclede County have for our community and county continues to amaze and inspire me. This past week, I was blessed to attend several meetings or events where such passion was on full display. And a caring nature for our community and county will always give us a fighting chance in making our economy the best it can be as we compete globally against other areas for growth opportunities.

The Lebanon Area Foundation’s Community Cares Celebration luncheon held Wednesday was a true showcase that we have organizations, businesses and individuals dedicated to the betterment of our community. Thirty-four agencies that serve local causes were awarded a grand total of $90,000 in grant funds, all made possible by the donations of our friends and neighbors right here in Lebanon and Laclede County. This investment will pay dividends in our community and county as all agencies awarded funding amounts serve important needs locally. One of the extra added highlights of the luncheon was the performance of Christmas songs by employees of Laclede Industries. These are some wonderful individuals who have found meaningful work as a result of our area having an entity like Laclede Industries to help them. And other businesses and industries in the area benefit from the entity as well. The employees who sang did a great job and the smiles on their faces were priceless.

On Thursday, business students from Lebanon High School and Lebanon Technology and Career Center hosted a chili supper. Now this was not just the ordinary chili supper. This event was organized to both help the students get hands-on experience in event planning and to support a great local cause – Project360 Youth Services. This just shows that we have youth in our community and county that care about their fellow students. And that is another aspect of our area that makes us stand out and always gives us an edge against competition.

When a decision is made by a business or industry as it relates to a relocation or expansion, there are so many factors at play. Location as we know is so important as well as available properties, sites, etc. Quality of life is becoming more and more of a factor in these discussions. Business owners want to know that they will have a pool of employees that are concerned about the health and welfare of the communities they live in. We are very blessed to have a community that is definitely concerned and considerate of the well-being of everyone. And that again is an extra advantage we have over other places around the globe.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the unusual (in a good way) temperatures over the next couple of days!

(Brian Thompson is the President/Chief Executive Officer of Lebanon-REDI. He may be reached at his office at 200 E. Commercial Street at 417-533-5627, by mobile phone at 417-288-9737 or by e-mail at

Comments are closed.