Elaine Campbell received the Adult Leadership Award at the annual Missouri Community Betterment conference. She is pictured with her husband, Delbert.

Houston’s youth group and Elaine Campbell were honored Monday night at the state’s 47th Missouri Community Betterment conference in Jefferson City.

The Houston Community Betterment Y.O.U.T.H. won first place in its population category. Campbell, development director for the City of Houston and Downtown Houston Inc., was recognized with the Adult Leadership Award.

The City of Houston placed second in its category. Albany received top honors, followed by Houston, Cabool, Steelville and Wellsville.

Cabool’s youth group finished second behind Houston. Ethan Rogers of Cabool received the Youth Leadership Award.

The awards banquet was the highlight of the 47th conference, which assists communities to improve their quality of life. Nearly 350 volunteers, community leaders and youth from across the state were in attendance.

The city of Albany won the Gene Speichinger Community of the Year Award over the other 36 communities that entered this year. MCB judges and board members were impressed with the overall number and level of projects that were completed using a variety of community resources, and for completing projects that were prioritized in their own community assessment.

Other winners in their population groups were: Annapolis, Lowry City, Monroe City, Higginsville and Chillicothe.

“The Missouri Community Betterment Board congratulates all the winners and participants,” said MCB President J.C. Smith. “Because of these dedicated individuals and organizations, Missouri communities will continue to be a place where our children can, and want, to come back to live.”

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