REDI Report – May 30, 2015

Focus on promoting existing jobs

I want to begin this edition of my column by thanking the Lebanon City Council for the opportunity to visit with them over the past few weeks and to provide a brief report at their last meeting Monday night. Good communication with our local leadership is key to having a successful economic development strategy that includes input from everyone throughout our community and county.

One area of improvement that has been mentioned by council members as I have visited with them is the need for better promotion of the jobs that we do have available in our community and county. One way that Lebanon-REDI is working on this challenge is with our new “REDI Job Bank” that is located at our website, The link can be found in the right hand corner of our homepage.

The “REDI Job Bank” will include direct links to search engines from the Missouri Career Center website and from the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce’s job search page. These are two great places that local job seekers may look to see what jobs are available locally. Both the Missouri Career Center and Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce do a great job in providing these services and I simply hope that Lebanon-REDI is able to enhance their offerings.

We also want to make local companies aware that we are willing to provide direct information on the REDI Job Bank link as well if they wish to have their jobs directly included. Please contact our staff at any time and we will include your information as part of this page.

In our most recent update earlier this week, it was discovered that more than 200 jobs within the “65536” zip code are listed from the Missouri Career Center’s website. In addition, I’m sure many of you have noticed the “Hiring Now” signs at businesses throughout the community and county. Lebanon-REDI wants to help promote these openings to help job seekers locally connect with employers.

We want to be a partner in the fight against the misconception we often hear that “there are no jobs here.” With that said, it will require an active role in promoting what IS available here in the job market. “REDI Job Bank” links are just the start.

In closing this week, I want to reflect on last week’s celebration of Memorial Day and thank all the men and women who sacrificed so that we may live in a country with the opportunity to express ourselves through means such as editorial columns. We sometimes forget that some people in the world don’t have such simple luxuries and ours are made possible by those who have given their lives in some cases to protect such freedoms.

(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

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