Click below to hear an interview between KMZU’s Kim Nuelle and Nile Ramsbottom.

Click below to hear an interview between KMZU’s Kim Nuelle and Carolyn Raasch.

Click below to hear an interview between KMZU’s Kim Nuelle and Sharon Metz.

20150520_090025The Old Trails 2015 Great Region Summit was held this morning at the Rupe Center in Carrollton. The summit began with a breakfast and introductions by Donna Brown,  previous Old Trails Regional Partnership President.

Executive Director Marsha Corbin explained what Old Trails does for rural communities. The Old Trails Mission is: “To promote economic development and entrepreneurial opportunity related to tourism by providing organization, structure, and resources necessary for the coordinated marketing, protection, promotion and enhancement of the region’s assets.” Counties that are involved with Old Trails are Jackson, Lafayette, Saline, Cooper, Howard, Chariton, Carroll, Ray, and Clay. Director Corbin emphasized how important economic development and tourism is to our small towns.

Old Trails Regional Partnership has a website that is devoted to showing what these counties offer for tourism. You can visit their website and map out a trip through central Missouri based upon your interests. Their website is

20150520_092252Nile Ramsbottom was the keynote speaker for the event. Mr. Ramsbottom was there to talk about his life and his book titled Prepare for Leadership: From Farm Boy to Times Square. Nile started out on a rural Iowa farm before taking a job with Renewable Energy Group Inc, a local business and was with them as they grew into an international company that is now traded on the NASDAQ stock exchange. In an interview he said, “If you prepare properly for anything in life, even when plan A goes astray you’re still prepared so your plan B will work and you can overcome any obstacle.”

The summit concluded with attendants asking Nile questions. Director Corbin once again emphasized the importance of obtaining tourism and explained what was in store for the Old Trails Region.20150520_101319