Only city in state to receive designation this year

JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Jay Nixon joined the Missouri Department of Economic Development earlier this month to honor outstanding Missouri individuals and businesses at the 2012 Governor's Conference on Economic Development. The City of Mexico was at the top of the list as this year's All-Missouri Certified City.
Mexico received the designation under the Missouri Community Assessment and Planning Process during the annual conference held Sept. 5 in St. Louis. Mexico City Manager Bruce Slagle made the announcement at the Sept. 10 city council meeting. Assistant City Manager Russell Runge and Mayor Ron Loesch attended the conference and accepted the award. Runge told council members Mexico was the only Missouri city to receive the designation this year.
MoCAPP is a program of the Division of Business and Community Services of the Missouri Department of Economic Development. The program is designed to provide communities a self-guided process that encourages comprehensive and inclusive planning to support both current and future needs of citizens. Since establishment of the award in 1976, 88 Missouri cities have successfully completed the MoCAPP program. Many, like Mexico, have maintained currency in their MoCAPP by periodically renewing certification.
According to Runge, the program "provides a blueprint to assist in community enhancement and growth and offers to highlight strengths and weaknesses which need to be addressed."
A significant feature of MoCAPP, he said, "provides metrics for the future measurement of progress and outcomes against agreed-upon objectives identified during the planning portion of the MoCAPP range of activities."
Having a comprehensive plan such as provided by MoCAPP, Runge said, helps citizens and local government provide exciting opportunities for improvement and serves as a vital tool for any community.
Mexico's 2012 award involved the contributions and talents of at least 25 community leaders and many more in the program's five main categories – general, human resources, economic development, government organization, community services and community facilities – and 37 sub-categories of community assessment.
The All Missouri Certified City Award is the highest level of certification that can be attained through the MoCAPP program.
"This designation means that we have successfully achieved the threshold of assessment, goal setting, and planning outlined," Runge said. And using the words of the governor, Loesch added, "The community is moving forward."
The City of Mexico first completed the application process in 1994 and has subsequently been reviewed and updated every three years since that initial certification. The 2012 MoCAPP All Missouri Certified City certification for Mexico is the city's seventh such designation.