Boonville hosts conference

County Commissioners from the Central Commissioners Association converged on Boonville Thursday morning for their quarterly meeting. Seventeen of the 20 West Central Commissioners Association Counties were represented by one or more commissioner. The event was held at the Isle of Capri Casino-Hotel Flamingo Ballroom.
At 9 a.m. Cooper County Eastern District Commissioner Paul Davis kicked off the morning with a few words before the group embarked on a tour of Budweiser's Warm Springs Ranch.
Davis said Boonville has been fortunate to have a growing tourism sector and in light of the recent closures of factories in the area. He said tourism would be very vital for the future of the area. He introduced Boonville Assistant Tourism Director Sherry Broyles, who said a few words before the groups departure in the morning.
Broyles welcomed the group to Boonville and offered some tips on making sure tourist have a good experience wherever they travel.
"I want to share with you just a bit how important it is to love your town or county because cities that are loved by their residents experience much more prosperity than those that are not," Broyles said.
She added that the community lovers must be louder than the community haters.
After a tour of the Ranch the commissioners came back to the Isle of Capri.
"We received many positive comments on the day with the Warm Springs Tour as the highlight. The Ranch is a great attraction with several guests commenting they planned to return with family so they could enjoy the experience of the tour," Cooper County Presiding Commissioner Eddie Brickner said.
Brickner said he was very excited to showcase two of Boonville's great tourism attractions, which included the casino as well.
Furthermore, the program included Jerrod Wilmes, who is the Director of MFA Oils Bio-Mass Project, which involves several Mid Missouri Counties, including Cooper County. Missouri Association of Counties Executive Director Dick Burke was present to give Commissioners an update on the legislative process in Jefferson City with emphasis on legislation having potential impact on the Counties.
The member counties in the conference include, Bates, Benton, Boone, Callaway, Camden, Cass, Cole, Cooper, Henry, Howard, Johnson, Lafayette, Miller, Moniteau, Morgan, Osage, Pettis, Saline, St. Clair and Vernon Counties.