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Annual MCB Fall Conference

Community Betterment Start Up

  Award Entry Materials

  Additional Information

  Awards in Review

Participating Communities

The Organization That Helps You Improve Your Community

The Missouri Community Betterment (MCB) Program, established in 1963, is designed to help Missouri communities enhance their 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.

From 2008 to 2015 MCB Participating Communities poured $420,859,704.22 back into their local economies through their community development efforts.   An annual breakdown is provided below.  The numbers are from the annual judging competition Participating Communities can enter to receive recognition for their achievements.  MCB has provided service to more than 420 communities throughout their history covering all parts of the state.


 Award Entries Dollars from Projects:  
 2008-2011 $324,916,122.00 
 2012 $11,440,256.00
2013 $37,027,425.00
2014 $10,803,079.09
2015 $36,673,625.13
 Total 2008-2015 $420,859,704.22



“The Missouri Partnership frequently works with companies looking in Missouri for potential locations to set up new operations.  We firmly believe that communities that invest in continuous improvement and ‘quality of place’ enjoy a competitive advantage in their efforts to attract new jobs and investment.  Companies searching for a new home will always favor a community that takes pride in itself and strives to better itself every day, and the Missouri Community Betterment program helps communities across the state to do just that.” Christopher Chung, CEO, Missouri Partnership

"Lamar had a great time the youth really enjoyed Jason Smith.   They commented that Brett Dinkins really listened to their thoughts an really took notes on how to make  better youth session." Elaine Davis, Lamar

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead (suggested by Elaine Davis of Lamar)

“Missouri Community Betterment is a tremendous association that recognizes the efforts and achievements of our state’s rural communities. As a former youth member, community member and State Board Member I am a product of the leadership development promoted by the association.” - US Congressman Jason Smith

“The MFA Oil Foundation’s mission is to support and invest in communities where we do business, to assure their continued prosperity. MCB’s mission is to provide assistance to many of those same communities to help them with improvement projects. With similar missions it seems only fitting that our Foundation should support MCB with the work that they do. As a MCB board member I have been very impressed with the dedication of many of the local community leaders as they attempt to make their town the best it can be”.  - Ken Caspall, MFA Foundation

The MCB conference provides networking for youth groups to learn what other communities have done and an opportunity to develop new plans for projects in their own home towns.  Developing leadership capacity and confidence in their abilities to work with adults gives the MCB youth participants great preparation for college and beyond. - Dave Garnett, Hawthorn Bancshares

MCB has helped me develop skills to be a leader in my school and community. Through my involvement in the youth program I have gained confidence and communication skills. The three MCB conferences I attended were fun and motivating. Having the opportunity to hear what others were doing to help their community has helped me bring new ideas to my town. Community Betterment has motivated my entire youth team to improve our community throughout the year. - Kenna Roland, Senior 2014, Lamar (2013 MCB Youth Leadership Award Winner)

“As a MCB board member I have had a chance to observe first hand, how enthusiastically some of the MCB participating community’s youth become engaged in the projects they initiate in their communities.  These youth are the leaders of tomorrow and the leadership skills demonstrated in the local projects they under take can be exemplary.   Youth leadership recognition and civic engagement  is just another reason why the MFA Oil Foundation is a willing MCB Sponsor”. - Ken Caspall, MFA Oil Foundation

"Missouri Community Betterment and the Missouri Community Betterment Conferences have been a blessing to the youth in Steelville. The sessions and guidance given during the MCB conferences has allowed us to improve our community in many various ways." - Libby Wynn, Steelville Youth Group 

Missouri Community Betterment Educational Fund Inc.,
903 S.3rd St, Clinton, MO 64735
Phone:660.383.1034 Fax:660.383.1202