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Marceline SRC Event Picture 1MACON, MO – February 22, 2024 – On Wednesday, February 21, a picturesque February day, Chariton Valley (CV) hosted a ceremony to announce the designation of Marceline as a Smart Rural Community℠ (SRC) at Ripley Park in downtown Marceline! Marceline is now one of 8 towns in Missouri to earn this designation. This prestigious designation highlights the use of Chariton Valley’s fiber network for the betterment of the community and the work of many community leaders who labor tirelessly to strengthen Marceline economically while maintaining its unique rural charm.  

As Ryan Johnson, CEO and President of Chariton Valley, explained, Marceline SRC Event Picture 7 Marceline SRC Event Picture 6Smart Rural Communities℠ is a national network of communities powered by innovative rural broadband providers building a brighter future for small-town America. The program promotes rural broadband and its role in supporting innovative economic development, effective education, efficient energy distribution and use, state-of-the-art health care, and other prominent issues for rural America.

Richard Switzer, Industrial Development Director of Marceline, submitted the award application in which he shared that the community has seen an economic resurgence since the completion of the CV fiber network in 2020. He mentioned Ben Mosier with Drug-Free Sport International, who moved back home to Marceline to raise his kids because of high-speed internet, and he referenced Dr. Zach Bruner’s comments on how high-speed internet helps students. Richard reiterated some key points from the application that contributed to the awarded designation. 

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  • Record-setting job and population growth 
  • The move of three major industries to the community: Karvd, Nature’s Grace & Wellness, and CoffeeTree Group 
  • K-12 school enrollment has increased from 609 to 640 students since July 2022  
  • Four new retail businesses  
  • Four new restaurants 
  • Nine air B&Bs / VRBO vacation rentals

Rich Hoon, Marceline’s City Manager, accepted the SRC certificate on behalf of the community. Several community leaders were present, and many expressed appreciation for this designation.  

“New businesses, new jobs, new homes, new students, are the benefits of high-speed broadband fiber in Marceline. Thank you to Chariton Valley, the board, the management, and employees of Chariton Valley for Marceline’s fiber and faster future,” Switzer said.  

“Our purpose is to ignite progress in communities through digital transformation, fuel economic growth, and enhance the quality of life for everyone,” said Johnson. “We’re excited for what the future holds for Marceline!”   

To learn more about Chariton Valley fiber or sign up for service, visit or call 660-395-9000. 


About Chariton Valley
Through its influential leadership, innovative advances, and 70 years of experience, Chariton Valley, Missouris premier communications provider, continues to enhance rural prosperity and living. Chariton Valleys reliable network utilizes fiber facilities to expand connectivity to students, families, farmers, businesses, medical facilities, and rural communities every day. Chariton Valleys success is driven by a commitment to deliver an exceptional customer experience and to continue proudly supporting the communities it serves. Learn more at 

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Chariton Valley
Donna Bell
Public Relations and Economic Development Manager
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