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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
    Ken Tauke, 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

    Randy Becht, Pulaski County Growth Alliance

    John Casey, County Commissioner, Texas County

    Linda Conner, Executive Director, Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments

    Josh Deavors, Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce

    Joe Driskill, Missouri Military Advocate

    Mike Dunbar, President, Security Bank of Pulaski County

    Honorable Luge Hardman, Mayor, City of Waynesville

    Bruce Harrill, City Administrator, City of Waynesville

    Anita Ivey, City Administrator, City of St. Robert

    Lori Laughlin, Director, Mercy Clinic, St. Robert

    Rick Morris, Director of Operations. Ft. Wood Hotels

    Johnny Murrell, Executive Director, South Central Ozarks Council of Governments

    John Petersen, City of Rolla

    Bonnie Prigge, Executive Director, Meramec Regional Planning Commission

    Keith Pritchard, CEO, Security Bank of Pulaski County

    Angie Rolufs, Member-at-Large

    Harold Selby, City of St. James

    Larry Sexton, Pulaski County

    Ben Tipton, Phelps County Bank

    Steve Tupper, Phelps for the Fort

    Barry White, Phelps County Regional Medical Center

    Matt Woessner, Investment Realty

    Dalton Wright, President, Lebanon Publishing Company


    Ex-Officio Members:

    Kimberly Bittle, District Forest Ranger, Mark Twain National Forest

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

Strengthening the Fort Leonard Wood region