Boonville resident Kenneth Hirlinger has signed on to the regional economic development group that oversees projects in Cooper County.  Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with David Gaines, Vice President of Moberly Economic Development Corporation:

David Gaines

Press Release from Moberly Economic Development Corporation

Boonville, MO. Long time Boonville civic leader and businessmen Kenneth Hirlinger recently accepted an appointment to the regional economic development group that represents Cooper County and the City of Boonville. Hirlinger will work with the volunteer business leaders that comprise the Board of Directors of Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation which represents four counties in central and northeast Missouri for economic development.

“We are very pleased that Mr. Hirlinger is willing to serve our community in this way,” said Julie Thacher, Mayor of the City of Boonville. “His experience as a former business owner is very valuable.”

Hirlinger was appointed by both the City Council of Boonville and the Cooper County Commission to fill the vacant seat that was created when businessman Dave Nicholas stepped down late last year due to business reasons. “We really appreciate Dave for his willingness to serve in this capacity,” said Mayor Thacher. “He has always been very supportive of Boonville and Cooper County and his assistance has helped us move forward.”

“Dave Nicholas was very helpful in introducing the regional concept to the community,” said Dr. Jeff Lashley, Chairman of the Board of Director for Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation. “He made a lot of personal introductions that has been very helpful to our team.”

Hirlinger once owned an office equipment company for over three decades that was four years ago sold and eventually was merged into what is now known as Image Technologies in which he is still affiliated. The firm is a supplier and servicer of office equipment to some of mid-Missouri’s largest businesses and public institutions. “Like Dave, Ken understands what it takes to operate a business”, said Corey Mehaffy, President of Moberly Area Economic Development. “When you have been in the position of making decisions about a business that affects the lives of your employees that Ken has, then it gives you a certain kind of perspective. That perspective is a resource that is a tremendous asset to what we do.”

Hirlinger has also served in numerous civic groups in the past. He has also been a long time member of the Boonville Industrial Development Authority which has a history of working to improve the business environment in Boonville.

“We are very happy with the selection of Ken to this Board,” said Cooper County Presiding Commissioner Eddie Brickner. “Ken has been involved in the community for years and has a great feel for how we can all work together to improve all the communities of Cooper County.”

Hirlinger will officially fill the position during the February Board meeting of the regional group. “I have a lot to catch up on between now and then,” Hirlinger said. “These guys have been working hard for us this past year and we are already beginning to see some things fall into place. Some of these things take time, but we are moving in the right direction and I am excited to be a part of it.”