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2022 Annual Event

Keynote Speaker, Chris Chinn, Missouri Director of Agriculture

Chinn  is a fifth generation Missouri farmer from Clarence and was named  Director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture in January 2017.  Director Chinn has held leadership positions in agriculture on the  local, state, and national level for more than 17 years, working to move  the state’s agriculture industry forward.

As  the Director of Agriculture, Chinn created the MORE Strategic  Initiative to protect and promote Missouri’s agriculture industry. The  four pillars of the initiative are Grow MORE, Reach MORE, Connect MORE  and Empower MORE, tying into the needs of farmers and consumers in our  state. The MORE vision focuses on the symbiotic relationship between farmers and the communities in which they live. Working  closely with Governor Parson and fellow cabinet members, they have  advanced the Governor’s workforce development and infrastructure  priorities. These priorities help expand job opportunities in  agriculture and repair roadways, bridges, and buildings.

Chinn will speak about agriculture’s role in community development and her work with the Department of Economic Development.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

8:30 a.m.

Fulkerson Center

Missouri Western State University Campus

4525 Downs Drive

St Joseph, MO 64507

Register Here


Regional Learning Collaborative: 101 Framework Foundations Program

Learn The Maximize [My Community] Journey Framework through the Story of Monarch Town

This  is the foundational program of the Maximize NWMO regional vitality  initiative launched through The Community Foundation of Northwest  Missouri. Participants will work collaboratively on updating the  region’s profile and strategic action plans as an example and guide  through what you can do in your organizations, communities, and  counties. This is an introduction to the foundational framework covering  systems (big picture) leadership, distributed and informed  decision-making, agile strategic action mapping, and  collaborACTION-focused communications.

By participating in this engaging and interactive program, you will:

  • GAIN a basic familiarity with the framework and its promising practices.

  • LEARN what is needed for decision-making that supports a vibrant and growing community.

  • IDENTIFY who should be invited to ensure your whole community is represented.

  • DISCOVER and CREATE a sense of urgency around the challenges and opportunities of your community as you maximize its potential!


Individual leaders, organizations, community groups, and regional groups.



A  link for the Zoom sessions will be shared with you prior to the  beginning of each session. The in-person 1-Day retreat location will be  confirmed in February and may be based on where a majority of  participants are located.


$300 per person or $750 per group of 3 people from one community/county group.

Pricing shown reflects a significant reduction thanks to a generous 2-to-1 match by sponsoring donors.


CLICK HERE TO PAY ONLINE (Just make a note that you are paying for your 101 Framework Foundations Program.)


2021 Leadership Breakfast

"Leadership and the Future

of Northwest Missouri"

Keynote Speaker, Marshall Stewart....Vice Chancellor for Extension and Engagement, University of Missouri and Chief Engagement Officer, UM System. Stewart’s roles involve partnership development and stakeholder relations with local, state, and federal policymakers; MU Extension County, regional and state advisory groups; and partners and collaborators in the community, corporate, government and     non-profit sectors.

Dr. Stewart is uniquely qualified to address the challenges and accomplishments in the recent past across Missouri. He restructured MU Extension and engagement work around Missourians’ grand challenges related to economic opportunity, educational access and excellence, and health and well-being. This aligns closely with The Community Foundation’s ongoing Regional Vitality initiative and its product, Maximize NWMO. We will hear how the two initiatives dovetail and are partnering to enhance NWMO.

Click the link below to watch the event.

Friday, October 1, 2021

Doors Open - 8:15 am

Breakfast - 8:30 am

Program - 9:00 - 10:30 am

M.W. Jenkins Expo Center

10780 LIV 235

Chillicothe, Missouri 64601

$20.00 per person

COVID-19 Precautions will be implemented.


2020 Annual Event

“Grow Your Own”

Keynote Speaker: Dell Gines

Senior Community Development Advisor for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City – Omaha Office.

Mr. Gines, is a nationally recognized speaker on the subject of entrepreneurship based economic development and author of the Grow Your Own Guide, a short primer on how to build urban and rural economies using entrepreneurship. will be speaking about his experiences with entrepreneur based economic development in rural settings and grassroots economic development projects. He will give tips about strategies he has seen work and why those are uniquely suited for small towns.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Doors Open – 8:15 am

Breakfast – 8:30 am

Program – 9:00 – 10:30 am

Mozingo Conference Center

1Fall Drive

Maryville, MO  64468

Register Here


2019 Annual Event

“Rethinking Small Town America”

Keynote Speaker, Andrew McCrea

Popular author…nationally syndicated radio broadcaster and local farmer and rancher.  Mr. McCrea will speak about “Rethinking Small Town America”.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Doors Open – 8:15 a.m.

Breakfast – 8:30 a.m.

Program – 9:00-10:30 a.m.

Stoney Creek Inn

1201 Woodbine Rd, St Joseph MO

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