It was a luau on Wednesday, June 12, for the open house to celebrate the newly constructed OATS Regional Office located at 3006 Jims Road in Macon.
Visitors received a lei as they entered and could follow the footprints on the floor that guided them through a tour of the new facility.
"We had outgrown our office in Shelbina some time ago and needed additional space for both staff and vehicles," said Northeast Missouri Regional Director Sheree Webb.
Funding for the $2.65 million dollar project was provided by the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.
The new facility includes driver training and orientation rooms, bus wash, maintenance bay, secure bus parking, office conference room, office space and a break room.
The Northeast Regional office oversees 16 counties including Adair, Clark, Knox, Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Montgomery, Pike, Ralls, Randolph, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby and Warren.
There are 12 office staff in offices in Macon, Kirksville and Troy, 98 drivers, 235 volunteers and 135 vehicles.
Webb introduced the panel of speakers that included: Macon Mayor, Dale Bagley; Macon County Economic Development Director, Denise Bennett; Macon Chamber of Commerce Director, Sharon Scott; OATS Board President, Nolan McNeill; Regional Administrator, Region VII, Federal Transit Administration, Mokhtee Ahmad; Multimodal Operations Director, MoDOT, Michelle Teel and OATS Executive Director, Dorothy Yeager.
"The Macon community has made us feel right at home," said Webb. "Our new facility is designed to serve both riders and employees in the Northeast Region for many, many years to come."