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Sustainable Ozarks Partnership Annual Meeting: Strong Region, Strong Partnerships, Strong Future

by Erin Younkin | Jul 28, 2017

2017 SOP Annual Meeting
UPDATE: United States Senator Claire McCaskill will provide the keynote address at this year’s meeting. Additionally, Major General Kent Savre, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood Commanding General will also provide remarks to meeting attendees.

Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri –July 25, 2017
– On Thursday, August 24, the Sustainable Ozarks Partnership will hold their fifth annual meeting at the Ark Community and Sports Center in Waynesville, Mo. The meeting will run from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and all regional citizens are invited to attend. 

“We look forward to another great annual meeting this year where we can talk about the many successes we have achieved as a region and discuss how we can continue strengthening our partnerships going forward. We anticipate that more than 150 business, governmental and civic leaders from the four-county region (Pulaski, Phelps, Laclede, and Texas) will attend” said SOP executive director Kent Thomas.

This year we have invited distinguished leaders from our federal government, senior leaders from Fort Leonard Wood and state officials to speak to those in attendance. We will also have Dr. Marty Romitti from the Center for Economic Competitiveness (CERC) provide an overview of the recommended mitigation strategies being developed to counter the economic impacts of 2013 and 2015 personnel reductions by the U.S. Army at Fort Leonard Wood. Attendees will have the opportunity to provide their input on these strategies during the meeting. Several of our speakers will also discuss their views regarding the current Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) discussions in Washington, D.C. and the potential implications of BRAC for Missouri and Fort Leonard Wood.

As in years past, the SOP’s annual meeting will offer the opportunity for attendees to consider the organization’s performance over the past year, and help set objectives for the coming year. 

There is no cost for the meeting and all attendees will receive a free boxed lunch. However, you must reserve your spot for the meeting by either calling: 573-329-8500 or registering online at:

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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