More than 350 representatives from communities across the state will attend the 47th Missouri Community Betterment annual conference in Jefferson City.

Community volunteers will be recognized Oct. 17-18 for their efforts to promote economic development and the quality of life for residents. Houston and Cabool are among communities participating.

Speakers will include: T.J. Cleveland, MU basketball assistant coach,
”The Latest News at MU Basketball;” David Lankford – Missouri Chamber of Commerce; Sallie Hemenway – Missouri Department of Economic Development; Mary Simon Leuci – community development program director, University of Missouri; George Thomas – USDA Rural Development; Mark Bergethon and Robert Nelson – Convergent Nonprofit Solutions; and Rep. Jason Smith.

Communities that are participating in the award competition this year in category III are Albany, Bourbon, Cabool, Houston, Paris, Steelville, Wellsville and Willow Springs.

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