GOLD Basic Facts

GOLD brings together a diverse group of people from Southwest Missouri to explore the region, expand their network of contacts, and increase their knowledge about community building best practices.

GOLD meets once a month, for nine months, including a day visit to the Capitol in the spring. For dates, click here

GOLD meets in a different regional community each session.

Program day topics include:

  • Economic development.
  • Funding resources.
  • Workforce development.
  • Education.
  • Infrastructure.
  • Working effectively with state agencies and lobbyists.
  • Local governance.
  • Ballot initiatives.
  • Human resources.
  • Working with the media.
  • Crisis communication.

A selection committee will choose qualified individuals who represent a cross-section of interests and locations within the region.

Tuition for 2021 – 2022 is $795.