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

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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


2017 Annual Event

Keynote Speaker: Ron Drake

Author of the book Flip This Town

Friday, February 10, 2017

8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

(Doors open at 8:15 a.m.)

Breakfast served at 8:30 a.m.

JW Jones Student Union – Ballroom

(campus of Northwest Missouri State University)

800 University Drive

Maryville, MO 64468

$30.00 per person


2016 Annual Event

Keynote Speaker: Cliff Illig

Co-Founder of Cerner Corporation and Sporting KC

Friday, February 5, 2016

8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

(Doors open at 8:15 a.m.)

Breakfast served at 8:30 a.m.

Fulkerson Center

(campus of Missouri Western State University)

4525 Downs Drive

St. Joseph, MO 64507

$30.00 per person


Regional Vitality Caucus

We will hold a Caucus on November 10th, 2015 at two locations to report on the findings of the six Regional Vitality meetings and discuss next steps.

November 10th, 2015
9 – 11:30 AM
Trenton – Barton Farm Campus of NCMC
96 SE 8th Avenue
Trenton, MO 64683

November 10th, 2015
3 – 5:30 PM
Savannah – Clasbey Center
402 Court Street
Savannah, MO 64485

Reservations are encouraged – we want to make sure there’s enough coffee and materials!
Please call 816-232-2022 or email with your attendance numbers