Elaine Campbell, left, visits with judges associated with the state's community betterment contest. In the background is Ted Scroggins, chairman of Community Betterment and Arts Council of Houston; and Don Romines, Houston alderman, right. (File picture)

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.

For a complete program, visit www.mocommunitybetterment.com.


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