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Fort Leonard Wood, local governments and civic organizations sign partnership charter

by Erin Kaberline | Jan 19, 2016

Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri – January 19, 2016 – On Wednesday, January 20, 2016, the Fort Leonard Wood Garrison Commander, Fort Leonard Wood region local governments and other public and private organizations will sign a charter agreement to form the Fort Leonard Wood Community Partnership Leadership Committee (FLWCPLC). The charter signing will be held at 4:00 p.m. in the Waynesville Schools Administration Building, 200 Fleetwood Street, in Waynesville.

The FLWCPLC committee will provide an on-going platform for leaders to discuss partnership opportunities and collaborations that are beneficial for Fort Leonard Wood and the region. Fort Leonard Wood’s Garrison Commander or representative and the Sustainable Ozarks Partnership (SOP) Executive Director will co-chair the committee and be responsible for conducting quarterly meetings.

The committee will include representatives from each cooperating organization with the authority to identify, and develop any community partnership ideas generated by the group. Representatives will also be able to advise on organization policies and capabilities, as well as provide insight into how their organization could support a partnership opportunity. The committee is not intended to make decisions for local governments and other organizations on potential partnership agreements with Fort Leonard Wood. 

The idea for the group has evolved over the past two years. Discussions during multiple Fort Leonard Wood Integrated Strategic Sustainability Plan (ISSP) quarterly review meetings and the past two Sustainable Ozarks Partnership annual meetings determined the need for a more formal process to discuss community partnerships.

“During the ISSP and SOP annual meetings a variety of public and private organizations identified the need for a formalized group or process to explore partnership ideas. Creating this committee is a huge achievement and we are looking forward to the beneficial work it will do for the Fort Leonard Wood region in the future,” said Driskill.

The SOP will serve as the advisory and planning body for the FLWCP LC and will assist in planning regular meetings and establishing working groups as needed. The working groups may be used to develop ideas and concepts and achieve specific objectives.

“We want our region’s citizens to know this is a collaboration forum where members will discuss actions that are in the best interest of their organizations and within the legal limits. Our charter dictates that we will not be discussing contracts and bids or soliciting offers and proposals. This committee is simply a great way to bring everyone to the table and facilitate discussion that will strengthen the Fort Leonard Wood region,” said Driskill.

The FLWCP has set Thursday, January 28, 2016 as its first quarterly meeting.  The meeting will be held in building 912 on Fort Leonard Wood from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  The public is invited to attend.

The initial FWCP LC members indicating interest in signing the charter are:

  • Fort Leonard Wood Garrison Commander
  • Sustainable Ozarks Partnership
  • City of St. Robert
  • City of Waynesville
  • The four county commissions (Laclede, Phelps, Pulaski, Texas)
  • The Waynesville School District
  • The three supporting Regional Planning Commissions
  • The Mark Twain National Forest
  • The four supporting Chambers of Commerce
  • A representative of the electric cooperatives in the region
  • A representative of the healthcare providers in the region
  • A representative of higher education organizations in the region

Additional members may also wish to sign the charter. 

At an upcoming Military Appreciation Day in Jefferson City, the Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission and the Missouri Department of Economic Development will be invited to sign the agreement on behalf of the state government.

The Sustainable Ozarks Partnership is building on the Fort Leonard Wood region’s strong past and preparing the region for a healthy, resilient future. We are a nonprofit organization working to bring all of the region’s stakeholders to the table to drive regional development and advocate for new or expanded military and federal missions, all as part of our efforts to strengthen the Fort Leonard Wood region.

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