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Over 2,100 alumni and resident perspectives on northwest Missouri gathered

Leaders involved in Maximize NWMO’s 18 counties gathered responses in a survey from July to September 2020, to help guide community prosperity-building. Preliminary results were shared in the Fall 2020 Regional Community Forum on November 18th, 2020. The final results are now available as of March 16, 2021. Check out what people appreciate most about living, learning, working, and playing in our part of the Midwest by viewing the video presentation or slide deck on this page. Learn what we can do to take advantage of some big opportunities in the region!

THE SUMMARY STORY OF THE RESULTS ARE HERE! Download the 2-page handout and detailed data in the Results and Releases section of this page.

Watch the 20-minute SUMMARY STORY VIDEO!


July 2020—A survey was launched to capture what people appreciate about the 18-county region as well as what they would like to see grow and improve. Community leaders in northwest Missouri have been asking – especially since COVID-19 hit – what people who either grew up here, have strong ties here, and/or have chosen to live here feel are the best qualities of our communities. The survey results will help in prioritizing and coordinating efforts that can further strengthen and enhance our towns as a great place to live, learn, work, play, and raise children.

“Our Communications CollaborACTION Team enlisted the help of the University of Missouri’s Exceed group of professionals to design the survey ensuring it is simple, short, and meaningful to help us better understand what keeps and attracts people here,” said Christel Gollnick, president of JUPER Communications and member of Maximize NWMO’s Navigation Team.

Maximize NWMO serves the region in a neutral role providing administrative, communications, data access, and coaching support on systems-thinking and community wealth building for individuals, communities, and the region. The initiative’s Navigation Team supports leaders and communities who want to dream big, decide wisely, and maximize our region’s potential by growing together.

Maximize NWMO is the regional vitality initiative of The Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri. It is made possible through partnerships with Communities of Excellence 2026, the United States Department of Agriculture – Rural Development (USDA-RD), University of Missouri Extension, Missouri Department of Economic Development, Northwest Missouri State University and Evergy.

Over 2,100 alumni and resident perspectives on northwest Missouri gathered

Leaders involved in Maximize NWMO’s 18 counties gathered responses in a survey from July to September 2020, to help guide community prosperity-building. Preliminary results were shared in the Fall 2020 Regional Community Forum on November 18th, 2020. The final results are now available as of March 16, 2021. Check out what people appreciate most about living, learning, working, and playing in our part of the Midwest by viewing the video presentation or slide deck on this page. Learn what we can do to take advantage of some big opportunities in the region!

THE SUMMARY STORY OF THE RESULTS ARE HERE! Download the 2-page handout and detailed data in the Results and Releases section of this page.

Watch the 20-minute SUMMARY STORY VIDEO!


July 2020—A survey was launched to capture what people appreciate about the 18-county region as well as what they would like to see grow and improve. Community leaders in northwest Missouri have been asking – especially since COVID-19 hit – what people who either grew up here, have strong ties here, and/or have chosen to live here feel are the best qualities of our communities. The survey results will help in prioritizing and coordinating efforts that can further strengthen and enhance our towns as a great place to live, learn, work, play, and raise children.

“Our Communications CollaborACTION Team enlisted the help of the University of Missouri’s Exceed group of professionals to design the survey ensuring it is simple, short, and meaningful to help us better understand what keeps and attracts people here,” said Christel Gollnick, president of JUPER Communications and member of Maximize NWMO’s Navigation Team.

Maximize NWMO serves the region in a neutral role providing administrative, communications, data access, and coaching support on systems-thinking and community wealth building for individuals, communities, and the region. The initiative’s Navigation Team supports leaders and communities who want to dream big, decide wisely, and maximize our region’s potential by growing together.

Maximize NWMO is the regional vitality initiative of The Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri. It is made possible through partnerships with Communities of Excellence 2026, the United States Department of Agriculture – Rural Development (USDA-RD), University of Missouri Extension, Missouri Department of Economic Development, Northwest Missouri State University and Evergy.