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The SOP focuses on Fort Leonard Wood and the four-county area that surrounds the installation, including Laclede, Phelps, Pulaski, and Texas counties. We work with regional communities, governments, organizations, Fort Leonard Wood, and state and federal enablers. We collaborate with existing organizations without duplicating their work.

We are a nonprofit organization that was founded in 2012, as a result of the Initial Integrated Strategic Sustainability Plan (ISSP). The plan created six long-term strategic goals; one of the goals called for full and effective community engagement. The SOP has put together a strategic plan with our own goals that allow us to focus on attaining the community engagement goal set forth by the ISSP. Our four primary goals are:

    1. Gain positive recognition for the region by achieving state and national recognition for the region as an excellent place for people to live, work, and play and for businesses to prosper.
    2. Strengthen the region by being a catalyst for positive change for citizens, businesses, and governments throughout the region to improve the quality of life, and grow a diverse, sustainable economy.
    3. Strengthen Fort Leonard Wood by ensuring that Fort Leonard Wood continues to be an enduring installation, with opportunities to grow with expanding or new missions.
    4. Ensure the viability of the SOP by improving SOP efficiency and operational effectiveness so it can successfully support the region and Fort Leonard Woodd.

    Our vision is:

    Regional communities, governments and organizations, FLW, state and federal enablers working together as stakeholders to make the region an ever-better place to live, work, and play, while enabling FLW mission success and advocating for mission sustainment and growth.

    Our mission is:

    Foster the region’s continuing commitment to national defense, and advocate for local and regional development initiatives, as well as FLW sustainment and growth. Coordinate and facilitate growth of a diverse, sustainable economy for the region, publicize regional consensus while respecting individual interests of the members, and function as the central point of contact for regional partners.

    Staff listing:

    Dorsey Newcomb, Executive Director
    Don Payne, Deputy Director
    Bob Chapman, Administration
    Ron Selfors, Consultant
    Erin Younkin, Communications Consultant

    Executive Committee/Board Members:

    Chair: Dr. George Lauritson, Mayor, City of St. Robert

    Vice Chair: Steve Ehrhardt, Co-Owner, Ehrhardt Properties

    Treasurer: Brennon Willard, Willard Asphalt

    Past President: Dr. Brian Henry, Superintendent, Waynesville School District

    Dr. Jerry Brown, Mayor, City of Waynesville 

    John Butz, City of Rolla

    Cody Dalton, Executive Director, South Central Ozarks Council of Governments

    Josh Deavors, President, Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce

    Bob Dils, Pulaski County Growth Alliance

    Matthew Doellman, Phelps County Regional Medical Center

    John Doyle, City Administrator, City of Waynesville

    Mike Dunbar, Pulaski County

    Kevin Greven, Phelps for the Fort and AUSA

    Bill Hardwick, Missouri House of Representatives, District 122

    Brian Henry, Waynesville R-VI School District

    Anita Ivey, City Administrator, City of St. Robert

    Shannon Jordan, City of Houston

    Lori Laughlin, Director, Mercy Medical Clinic, St. Robert

    Scott Long, Presiding Texas County Commissioner

    Dale Martin, Rolla Economic Development

    Kelly Money, Executive Director, St. James Chamber of Commerce

    Rick Morris, Committee of 50

    Cecilia Murray, Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce

    Gene Newark, Pulaski County Commissioner

    Bonnie Prigge, Executive Director, Meramec Regional Planning Commission

    Keith Pritchard, Pulaski County

    Michael Schumacher, City of Lebanon

    Larry Sexton, Pulaski County

    Phil Tackett, Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce

    Ben Tipton, Phelps County Bank

    Steve Tupper, Phelps for the Fort

    Matt Woessner, Investment Realty

    Dalton Wright, Laclede County

    Brian Yansen, Executive Director, Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments

    Ex-Officio Members:

    Kimberly Bittle, District Forest Ranger, Mark Twain National Forest

    Brock Lercher, Garrison Command Plans Analyst & Integration

    K. Lercher, Chief of FLW Commanding General's Initiatives Group

    Harry Roberts, Missouri Military Advocate

    Mike Vail, Garrison Command Plans Analyst & Integration

Strengthening the Fort Leonard Wood region