Community Engagement Conference

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Are you continually asked to do more with less resources? What roles do meaningful partnerships play in creating a sustainable future for your organization and continued service within the community? Collaboration is key to answering these questions and many more.


Join in the conversation for new ideas to foster social cohesion and develop strategic and reciprocal partnerships for goal attainment. Bridging communications among public, private, and nonprofit organizations is paramount to understanding the efforts in progress, availability of financial and social resources, and other areas in need of service.


Date: March 28, 2019

Time: 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Cost: No charge; includes lunch
Plaster Student Union, Ballroom West
Missouri State University
Springfield, Missouri 65897
Registration: Please register online or call 417-836-8832.
8:00-8:30 AM
Networking over coffee & danish
8:30-8:45 AM
Welcome to the Conference
8:45-10:15 AM
Building Social Capital for Sustainability
Examine the human and organizational resources that are critical in developing stronger cross-community structures and leadership skills. Any organization can incorporate practices into their work to expand social capital and thus contribute to a more resilient and sustainable future for both the organization and the community.
10:30-11:30 AM
Panel: Sustainability through Collaborative Resources & Partnerships
Guest panelists will discuss the various types of local resources used and partnerships developed to increase the effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of their services.
11:30-12:00 PM
12:00 – 1:30 PM
Social Capital in Action: Ideas in Conversation
A robust working discussion to connect ideas and resources among community professionals and university colleagues for collaborative opportunities.
The conference format will be part information giving and part facilitated discussion for open dialogue among attendees. Examples of successful collaborations and partnerships will be shared, as well as an array of key resources available to the service sector through Missouri State University.