The Missouri House of Representatives honored REDI with a resolution honoring and congratulating REDI on its 30th anniversary. State Representative Cheri Toalson Reisch presented the framed Resolution to REDI President Stacey Button and REDI Executive Vice President Bernie Andrews at the REDI quarterly event June 5.
The resolution reads:
Whereas, the members of the Missouri House of Representatives proudly pause to recognize REDI (Regional Economic Development Inc.), which is celebrating its Thirtieth Anniversary in 2018; and
Whereas, thirty years ago on March 14, 1988, the State of Missouri incorporated REDI, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing increased economic opportunities while maintaining its superior quality of life for the community; and
Whereas, REDI's primary role was set to recruit new businesses, to assist existing businesses with retention and expansion, and to assist new business startups; and
Whereas, accredited by the International Economic Development Council, REDI remains true to its early roots, as reflected in its recent years' work and in its tagline: "Attact. Expand. Grow."; and
Whereas, the City of Columbia provides REDI's staff, while investments from the City, Boone County, the University of Missouri, and a wide variety of local businesses provide REDI's operating funds; and
Whereas, the purpose of the collaboration is to coordinate the area's economic development activities, to share resources to increase the chances of success, and to prevent competition between local entities for projects that benefit the community as a whole; and
Whereas, REDI assists businesses in Columbia and throughout the county in ways big and small, helping businesses to find available space, employers and educators to work together to equip students with skills employers are seeking, connect businesses to state programs that help with employee training or aid in expansion, provide co-working space for a startup, and partner entrepreneurs with mentors;
Now, therefore, let it be resolved that we, the members of the Missouri House of Representatives, Ninety-ninth General Assembly, join in extending our most hearty congratulations to REDI upon this very special anniversary event.