BioSTL convenes leaders across the state, in rural communities, from healthcare, business, innovators, NGOs, workforce development, government, research and policy domains to share successful approaches to improving health and economic vitality.
Webinar: “Rural Communities in Action: Leveraging Two Proven Models for Creating Change”
A fresh, new approach is needed to revitalize the health and economic vitality of rural Missouri. More than lack of resources, rural communities lack access to cutting-edge innovation and the capacity to source, diligence, and leverage this innovation to improve the health and wellbeing of their community. But change is happening. We are seeing green shoots in several Missouri rural communities.
Learn about two “Rural Action Planning” experts that can guide a rural community through developing and implementing a sustainable plan for economic vitality.
First, learn about the University of Missouri Extension’s “Building Local Prosperity” Program from experienced community economic development faculty Richard Proffer. Building Local Prosperity (BLP) is an economic development planning and engagement process in which members of communities, counties or regions participate. Areas interested in creating economically resilient communities, establishing visionary leadership, encouraging vibrant small businesses, and growing a skilled workforce follow the BLP process to support their economic development planning. Joining Richard to share their experience with the BLP program will be leaders from Caruthersville, MO. They will share how the BLP program helped them achieve a $3M FEMA grant, a $300k State Emergency Management grant, and an invitation to participate in a prestigious tourism organization.
Second, learn about the Community Foundation of the Ozark’s “Growth in the Rural Ozarks” Program from Hrishue Mahalaha, Community & Economic Development Partner, Innovation Economy Partners. Growth in the Rural Ozarks (GRO) is an economic development program, designed to create sustainable plans for long-term economic growth in our rural Ozarks towns. Hrishue will be joined by leaders from Buffalo, MO and Carthage, MO to hear directly about their communities’ work with GRO, including how they enabled cohesive local leadership, helped engage citizens in community efforts, redeveloped town assets, and helped pass a local school levy and begin the development of a trade school.
Since 2001, BioSTL has laid the foundation for St. Louis' innovation economy with a comprehensive set of transformational programs that advance St. Louis’ leadership in solving important world challenges in agriculture, medicine, health care, and other technology areas. BioSTL has introduced nationally-acclaimed initiatives in startup creation and investment (BioGenerator), strategic business attraction (GlobalSTL), physical environment (including the Cortex Innovation District and BioGenerator Labs), entrepreneur support (BioSTL Fundamentals), seed and venture capital, a diverse and inclusive workforce, and public policy.