New marketing plan for Cuba, MO?

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While noodling around on the internet, besides finding some info on yesterday’s bank robbery in Cuba, I noticed some references to a new marketing plan for Cuba, MO.

I followed the links to a Columbia Missourian article.  The report concerns a college project of Sean Siebert’s class. Siebert is an assistant professor of business administration at Columbia College.  Mardy Leathers of the Cuba Development group was also quoted. Siebert and Leathers are both graduates of Cuba High School.

Seibert’s Management Business Infomation Systems Class presented the Cuba Development Group with a program for developing Cuba through 5 categories: health and wellness, safety and security, education, community, and how to retain the existing and attract a new middle class.

Students spent eight weeks gathering data and putting together a proposal for Cuba.

I wonder what data they gathered, who they talked to while gathering it, and what’s in the full report.

We look forward to reading the full report. For now, read the article. You don’t want to be left behind.

Happy Birthday to us…Viva Cuba reaches a milestone…

The Viva Cuba blog is one year old this month.

The Viva Cuba blog is one year old this month.

The second birthday of the The Guinness World’s Largest Rocking Chair  was April 1. Shakepeare’s and my nephew’s birthdays were April 23. But another significant birthday for Viva Cuba was also April 23. The Viva Cuba Mural Blog was one year-old.

This will be the 155th blog posted during the year. Although the blog is primarily concerned with beautification and murals in Cuba, MO, the blog also covers artists,  events and news, attractions, preservation, and the history of the area.

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Meramec Electrical Products Employees step up for a cleaner Cuba…

Meramec Electrical Products employees came out for a cleaner Cuba.

Meramec Electrical Products employees came out for a cleaner Cuba.

Last evening, MEPCO employees met to execute their commitment  to Viva Cuba’s Trash Bash. They picked up trash along Hwy. PP and left it a lot cleaner than they found it.

According to company Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Carolyn Sanazaro, “We had a lot of support and had a good time.”

Viva Cuba salutes their contribution to the campaign for a cleaner Cuba.

Employees enjoyed working together to get the job done.

Employees enjoyed working together to get the job done.

It doesn't take long to fill a trash bag.

It doesn't take long to fill a trash bag.

Hwy. PP never looked so good.

Hwy. PP never looked so good.

For more information on how how your business or organization can participate in the Saturday, May 1 event, go here. Your group can set its own time and place to take part in this effort.

Treasure Cuba, Don't Trash It

Treasure Cuba, Don't Trash It

Beautification goes pink at 3rd Generation…

The power of sisterhood brought together Miller's friends and family to experience this milestone.

The power of sisterhood brought together Miller's friends and family to experience this milestone.

Mary Miller is the owner of Java.net Books & Gifts, our local coffee shop/bookstore, and Viva Cuba’s May 8 Chair-i-table auction takes place there. But this is not a post on the auction. It is about Miller’s initiative and courage in her fight against lung cancer. It is about the power of sisterhood to share the burden and a caring business that opened its doors to the group.

Mary Miller’s approach to her battle with cancer is inspiring many through her Facebook pages and her CaringBridge journal as she chronicles her experience. One of the events in this battle is illustrated in her approach to hair loss due to her treatments. In this case, Miller took the initiative, and her story is this week’s Cuba Free Press. Read the article and be inspired. Forward it to women who may be fighting their own battles. The newspaper has more photos.

Since the event, other cancer warriors are booking similar events. Friends of Mary, who couldn’t attend, are “going pink.”  Friend Cristie Kruse is doing a triathalon this weekend in honor of Miller’s fight.

It’s a beautiful thing.

Lowes Landscaping gets the jump on Viva Cuba’s May 1 Trash Bash…

Lowes Landscaping started Viva Cuba's 2010 Trash early by pitching in to clean up around the entrance to the Industrial Park South.

Lowes Landscaping started Viva Cuba's 2010 Trash Bash early by pitching in to clean up around the entrance to the Industrial Park South.

Heeding the call for Cuba businesses to help with the effort to clean up Cuba’s streets and neighboords, Erik Lowes, owner of Lowes Landscaping, took the initiative of attending the last Viva Cuba meeting and committing to cleaning up around the old Industiral Park sign.

“I intended to do this yesterday on Earth Day, but we got too busy,” stated Lowes, who took over the landscaping business from his dad and brother four years ago.

On Friday, Lowes and his three man crew, during a light mist, worked on cutting away brush and raking debris from the neglected area in the Industrial Park  South. The group also trimmed bushes as much they could at this time of year without damaging them. Some of the old bushes will need to be removed.

The Lowes truck collected a lot of debris during the cleanup.

The Lowes truck collected a lot of debris during the cleanup.

The cleanup revealed the old neglected signs. This summer new signs will be posted at each of Cuba, MO's three industrial parks.

The cleanup revealed the old neglected sign. This summer new signs will be posted at each of Cuba, MO's three industrial parks.

When the area was cleaned, the old neglected sign was revealed. All three industrial parks are to receive new signs that clearly label the parks with a consistent and much improved appearance as part of the plan to attract new businesses and jobs to Cuba.

Viva Cuba thanks Erik Lowes and his crew for their work toward a better Cuba. A bonus to this project is that Erik Lowes has also committed to being a permanent member of Viva Cuba.

Erik Lowes
President
Lowes Landscaping
2852 Hwy DD
Cuba, MO. 65453
Phone: 573.885.0558
Fax: 573.885.4854
www.loweslandscaping.net
Erik Lowes, President Lowes Landscaping/2852 Hwy DD/Cuba, MO. 65453/Phone: 573.885.0558/Fax: 573.885.4854/
www.loweslandscaping.net

To see how you, your  organization, your church, or your  business can contribute to Viva Cuba’s 2010 Trash Bash, visit here for details and a registration form. Picking up litter, landscaping, and pitching the clutter can all contribute to a cleaner Cuba.

Viva Cuba Trash Bash  May 1, 2010

Viva Cuba Garden  8:00 am

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