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Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC)

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Square Miles 755
Date Organized Feb. 10, 1851
Name Origin Lewis Dent, pioneer settler
Population 15,647 (July 2012 estimate)
Median Age 43 years (2010)
Civilian Labor Force 6,273 (2010)
Unemployment Rate 7.2% (Dec. 2012)
Personal Income $19,003 (per capita) (July 2013)
County residents who work outside county 26.1% (2010)
County employees that live outside county 9.3% (2010)
Average travel time to workplace 25.4 minutes (2006-2010 avg.)
Cities Salem
Communities Boss, Bunker, Jadwin, Lecoma
Top Employers Doe Run, Inc. (Bunker); US Foodservice and Wal-Mart (Salem); Salem Memorial Hospital; Mark Twain National Forest; Dent County Government; Dent County Schools; City of Salem
Form of Government 3 Person Commission
Schools Dent Phelps R-III, Green Forest R-II, North Wood R-IV, Oak Hill R-I, Salem R-80
Medical Services Salem Memorial District Hospital (Salem); 8 Pharmacists, 7 MDs, 3 DOs , 31 RNs, 42 LPNs, 5 Dentists; AirEvac Lifeteam
Industrial Parks available in cities Masters Industrial Park
Colleges/Universities/Vo-Tech Schools Southwest Baptist University Annex (Salem)
Transportation Access Highways 72, 32, 68 & 19, Salem Memorial Airport
Attractions Gateway to the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Current River, Montauk State Park & Fish Hatchery, Mark Twain National Forest, Indian Trail Conservation Area, Cedar Grove Conservation Area, Montauk Towersite, White River Trace Conservation Area, Dent County Museum, Dent County Commons, Bonebrake Center (Salem)
Contacts Dent County Commission, 400 N. Main St., Salem, MO 65560, 573-729-4144
Economic Developer Ray Walden, 573-729-2428
Industrial Development Authority

Dent County IDA, Donald Dodd newsdodd@earthlink.net, 573-729-3151

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