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Data for Decision Makers, Building Prosperity
Missouri Ag Connection - 02/12/2018

"Data for Decision Makers" and "Building Local Prosperity" are community engagement tools designed specifically for rural communities and counties according to Dr. Amy Patillio, community development specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

"This tools are used to foster greater understanding of what drives the local economy, factors that influence economic growth, analysis of key economic indicators, identification of community assets, challenges and barriers, development of strategies and a strategic plan, as well as implementation support," said Patillo.

Patillo presented "Data for Decision Makers" recently to Stone County Commissioners, Stone County Extension Council members, and Table Rock Economic Development Committee members. She facilitated the exploration of opportunities and identified strategic economic development metrics aligned with community needs and goals.

Community economic development metrics were prepared by Pat Curry, University of Missouri EXCEED and Dr. Patillo for Stone County OACAC and Kimberling City, City Administrator.

Community development specialists with MU Extension help people create communities of the future by tapping into local strengths and university resources. The Community Development Program works collaboratively with communities to foster economic development, leadership development, community decision making, community emergency preparedness and inclusive communities.

For information on how your organization could benefit from one of these programs, contact any of these MU Extension community development specialists working in southwest Missouri: Amy Patillo in Christian County, (417) 581-3558; Kathy Macomber in Barton County, (417) 682-3579; Michele Kroll in Camden County, (5730 346-2644 or David Burton in Greene County, (417) 881-8909.

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