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11/13/2007 - Sedalia receives Community Betterment Award

   Contact : John Simmons, Community Development Director
Phone: (660) 827-3000
9 a.m. CST, November 13, 2007


Sedalia receives Community Betterment Award

(SEDALIA, MISSOURI) : Sedalia rejoined the Missouri Community Betterment (MCB) competition this year along with 45 other communities around the state.  The MCB annual conference and awards ceremony was held on October 22 in Jefferson City to provide workshops on community betterment and recognize community accomplishments across Missouri.  Sedalia placed 5th in its category based on population size.

Sedalia was represented by Sedalia Mayor Pro Tem Susan Daniels, Sedalia Community Development Director John Simmons, Sedalia Downtown Development Director Meg Liston and Gena Swearingen, Information Specialist for Sedalia School District 200.

Communities are judged based on projects and accomplishments that improve their community.  Sedalia submitted several projects including:

• Proposition K.I.D.S. (Keep Improving District Schools) – the effort behind the successful passage of the Sedalia School District 200 bond issue for a new high school and additions to Parkway and Skyline schools.
• Just Us Girls – the Sedalia Downtown Development event that focused on a day or weekend downtown for moms, daughters, sisters and girlfriends.
• Queen City Diamonds Youth Baseball & Softball Complex – the development of a youth baseball and softball complex for Pettis County by the North American Amateur Sports Association in partnership with the Boy’s and Girl’s Club.

Sedalia Mayor Pro Tem Susan Daniels was pleased to see that Sedalia impressed the judges.  "We have lots of wonderful things happening in our community and it's a pleasure to show others what we are accomplishing and to be recognized by Missouri Community Betterment for our accomplishment." said Daniels.

John Simmons explained that it had been some time since Sedalia competed in the MCB program and that the people previously involved are not around anymore. Simmons said, “We were a little concerned when putting together our application if we were focusing on the right things in comparison to other communities.  But when the judges visited our community, you could tell that they liked our efforts.”

Gena Swearingen added, “At the awards ceremony we had an opportunity to see what other communities were submitting and that will help us in the future.  It was also a good source of ideas for success.”

The group plans to expand their effort next year to include projects that are being worked on now and should show some significant progress by next year.  Meg Liston stated, “The beginnings of our DREAM city initiative are just now coming together and there should be good results to profile in the future.”

The Missouri Community Betterment program is designed to help Missouri communities enhance quality of life through overall community development, planning, and implementation.  The MCB Program accomplishes this mission primarily by lending technical assistance to communities; by officially recognizing the participating communities and neighborhoods; and by awarding those that excel in the program.  This year marked the 44th annual conference and awards ceremony.


Sedalia delegation receives Community Betterment Award in Jefferson City

Photo Date : 10/23/2007

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