Submitted by Karma Metzgar, Regional Director

University of Missouri Extension recognizes that you are a valued member of your community. We want to know what you see as the major challenges and issues facing individuals, families, businesses and communities across our state. Your insights and opinions are essential to helping us develop meaningful, actionable programs and priorities to serve you in the years ahead.
To this end, MU Extension will convene a series of community conversations this winter at more than 20 locations across the state. You and other local representatives of business, government, education, social support, volunteer and faith-based and organizations, as well as extension’s traditional partners and stakeholders, are invited to participate. Coinciding with these outstate events, community conversations will also be conducted on the four University of Missouri System campuses and Lincoln University to gather faculty and staff input.
Using a proven, structured process for large group conversations, we will ask you and others in your community to share your thoughts about this question: “What are the crucial issues and challenges in our communities that deserve close attention in the next three to five years?” These local forums will be a way for community members to connect; talk about future challenges and opportunities, and tell us how MU Extension can better serve you.
For more than 100 years, extension services have connected the innovative research and expertise of Missouri’s land grant university to actionable information that Missouri residents of all ages and backgrounds can use. Our programs always aim to improve citizens’ quality of life — whether strengthening agriculture and natural resources or developing youth, adult and community leadership potential.
Your input will help shape the future direction of this education and engagement work across all University of Missouri and Lincoln campuses. Combined with extension’s own internal review, this information will ensure our programs continue to meet our residents’ needs, priorities and interests.
The community conversations closest to you are Feb. 9, 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Norborne. A light meal or snack will be provided at each location. If these closest events do not work in your schedule, you are invited to attend a different event. The dates of all the events are listed on the RSVP link. RSVPs are requested five business days in advance to allow the facilitators to adequately prepare. Please go to the web link provided here to RSVP. If you have internet connectivity issues, you can register by contacting the MU Conference Office at 573-882-4349 or muconference@missouri.edu.