June 30, 2015

Edina man earns honor for service to Missouri veteran’s.

Edina resident Eddie Anderson was recently named one of 24 recipients of the Missouri Lieutenant Governor’s Veteran’s Service Award for 2014.

Eddie Anderson first heard about the award when he received a call in early October from fourth district state Representative Craig Redmon’s office asking for information they could use to nominate him.  Anderson says he began working with local veterans when he left military service in 1982.  Anderson was asked to begin assisting with military funerals by James Lay, a Knox County American Legion member.  When Lay was no longer able to conduct the funerals, Johnson took over his responsibilities.  Since then, Johnson has organized local veterans to salute their fellow soldiers one last time.

Anderson also spends his time taking care of administrative duties for the Knox County American Legion, organizes Memorial Day services in the area and works with students competing in the American Legion Oratorical Contest.  He said he was humbled when he learned he had received the award, but he also thought about those just as deserving.

Anderson says, “James Lay had been going out and putting flags on veteran’s graves.  He, his wife, and family have been doing that for 50 years.  It’s too bad they didn’t have this type of program back then to recognize him for all he has done.”

Representative Craig Redmon nominated Johnson for the award after learning about his work with students in preparing Memorial Day services and in the American Legion contest.

Redmon says he is glad to hear that Johnson is being recognized for his work.

How do you attract new businesses to a small community?

For small communities, the current trend seems to be moving away from attempting to attract businesses that employ hundreds of people, toward a more practical approach of attracting small businesses, with the goal of providing employment to 15 to 20 people.

Denise Bennett is the Macon County Missouri Economic Development Director.  Bennett also serves as president of the Northeast Missouri Development Partnership in Macon.

Bennett was the featured speaker at the Scotland County Rotary meeting yesterday (Tuesday January 24th).

Bennett says its important for a community to support local businesses and do what they can to keep local businesses in the area…Support existing companies, make sure they are healthy and happy in their current location, and to focus on entrepreneurs and young people.

Currently, Macon County has created a Young Professionals Network, there is an Entrepreneur’s Steering Committee, and currently officials are working towards a Business Incubator and Entrepreneur’s Center in Macon County.  For more information, you may contact Denise Bennett at maconed@cvalley.net, or call 660-385-5627.

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