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  • Brown honored for 14 years on MRPC board

  • Former Salem Mayor Gary Brown was honored by the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) during its April 10 meeting for his 14 years of service on the board, 13 of which he served as an officer, most recently as the organization’s chairman.
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  • Former Salem Mayor Gary Brown was honored by the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) during its April 10 meeting for his 14 years of service on the board, 13 of which he served as an officer, most recently as the organization’s chairman.
    “Sitting here in this chair (the chairman’s position) I have been blessed, and I really mean it from the bottom of my heart,” Brown said during his last address to the board. “This is a great organization. You people (other board members) look out for your own people and your own county and your own city, but you also look out for the area and the region as a whole, and it just impresses the dickens out of me.”
    Brown stepped down from the board and from his seat as chairman at the end of his mayoral term, as he chose not to seek re-election.
    Brown joined the MRPC board when he became mayor of Salem in 2000 and has served as an officer to the board every year since 2001 when he became secretary. He served as secretary from 2001-2002 and 2008-2009, treasurer from 2006-2007, vice chairman from 2002-2003 and 2010-2011 and chairman from 2003-2005 and May 2012 to April 2014.
    He has served on numerous MRPC boards and committees throughout the years. At the time of his decision to step down, he was serving on the MRPC operations committee, Meramec Regional Community Foundation (MRCF) board, Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) board and the MRPC Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC).
    Brown announced at the April 10 meeting that he has been asked to continue to serve as a Dent County representative on the TAC, and he plans to do so.
    “Gary has been a tremendous asset to the City of Salem, Dent County and the region as a whole,” MRPC Executive Director Bonnie Prigge said. “For nearly 14 years, we at MRPC have had the opportunity to work with Gary as mayor of Salem and as an officer in MRPC.
    “He has effectively represented the city — and the region — in hundreds of meetings over the years, so he has generously given of his time,” Prigge added. “He has brought forth needs and issues and worked for solutions, not only for Salem but for all the cities and counties in the Meramec region, and we are better off for his hard work.”
    In addition to regular meeting attendance, Brown made several trips to Jefferson City and Washington, D.C., to communicate with legislators who represent portions of the region. Brown has also led by example, reaching out to other regional elected officials to find ways to enhance the region.
    Brown was presented with a plaque honoring his dedicated service to the organization during the April meeting.
    Page 2 of 2 - In other business, the MRPC board:
    • Heard a presentation about funding opportunities available to communities in Crawford, Dent, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties through the Delta Regional Authority (DRA),
    • Heard a presentation about the MRCF and how the upcoming transfer of wealth from the baby boomer generation could impact charitable giving and the communities served by MRCF, and
    • Approved the prioritized list of multi-modal transportation projects prepared by the TAC.

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