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David Burton
Civic Communications Specialist
2400 S. Scenic Ave.
Springfield, MO 65807

August 11, 2017

Build Your Resume and Personal Network by Participating in MU Extension's
EXCEL Program for Greene County

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The new EXCCEL leadership program being offered by University of Missouri Extension provides an excellent opportunity for individuals living in western Greene County to build their resume, expand their network, and receive leadership training.

"The program is modeled after MU Extension's statewide Excel program with some unique changes that make it a fit for the local region," said David Burton, civic communication specialist with MU Extension. "Our focus will be on developing community leaders, and better understanding community issues specific to western Greene County and also working together toward possible solutions."

Residents the western side of Greene County including the towns of Republic, Willard, Ash Grove, Bois D'Arc and rural areas of the county are being encouraged to apply.


EXCCEL graduates use insights and skills learned to engage in building community networks, make well-informed community decisions and find real solutions to real problems.

There will be eight class sessions starting with the introduction class on Sept. 14 with other sessions on the third Thursday of the month in September, October, November, January, February, and March. Meeting locations will vary with each session but will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. and include a meal. Members will also participate in a day-long legislative day in Jefferson City as well as developing a community project for a later date.

The entire class will also serve as an editorial board for the Greene County Commonwealth and teams will write editorials to help foster community conversations on key issues.

"MU Extension's community conversations conducted statewide this spring found that Missouri communities have a critical need for community leadership development. In response to that need, Greene County MU Extension decided to introduce this leadership and professional development program," said Burton.


This first year, enrollment for 14 selected participants will be free. An application is required and can be found online at The application packet further explains plans for the program.

Applications are due by Aug. 28 and can be mailed or delivered to the Greene County Extension Center, 2400 S. Scenic, Springfield, Mo. 65807.

University of Missouri Extension in Greene County will be taking the lead in partnership with the Greene County Commonwealth, Republic Chamber of Commerce, Greene County Commission and other community leaders.


For more information, contact David Burton in Greene County at (417) 881-8909 or by email at

Source: David Burton, (417) 881-8909

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