2017 Awards Program Entry Material

Frequently Ask Questions are below

* PDF format - Please print and mail
**Online Form - Can be completed and submitted online
***Must be signed and mailed to the MCB Office
****Fill in form - Complete, Print and submit with the Project Documents


Please remember the Community Entry Form, Youth Group Entry Form and the Permission Slip are due to the MCB Office by June 30th. 

Q:  Does my submission have to be electronic?
A:  No it does not have to be electronic, but it can be.  If you would like to email your project submissions to Teresa@MOCommunityBetterment.com you can.

Q:  Do we put our project submission in a binder?
A:  No you do not need to put the documents in a binder this year.  

Q:  Will I receive my project submission back at the end of the Conference?  
A:  Please keep a copy of your project submission.  You WILL NOT receive anything back after the conference.

Q:  Do I include separate pages of pictures with my project submission?
A:  No you do not include pictures.  Those can be in your community display, if you choose to enter.

Q:  What pages are included in the project submission?
A:  You will need a cover page, a table of contents which includes the list of the 2016 projects and a list of the past 2 years projects.

Q:  Do I need to fill in all of the items on the Project Summary Sheet?
A:  Yes you do.  It is all a part of the judging process.  You can find how to calculate the Volunteer hours by going to our website, in the Find it Fast Session there is a heading of "Additional Information".  Under it is MCB Partners.  Click that and go to the bottom of the list.

Community Display Board

MCB participating communities from across the state will have the opportunity to create a community display for the annual conference. Communities wishing to participate will create a table display highlighting the unique features of their community and incorporate information about the projects they completed this year. This provides an opportunity for participants to market their community to the other communities, sponsors, and attendees by providing them with information on local businesses and products, tourist attractions in the region, and the events and improvements the local community betterment organization has completed from the previous year.

Participating communities' displays will be judged and awards will be given out for the top displays. This is an opportunity for your organization to highlight your community and your projects in a creative way. Displays will be left up through the duration of the conference so other communities have the opportunity to see what you have accomplish and what your community has to offer. You must notify the MCB office of your intent to participate in the program when you complete the Community Entry Form, due by June 30th. 

Q:  Will we need to man the booth for the duration of the conference?
A:  No.  You will need to have a person at the booth to explain it to the judges during the judging time, Sunday evening from 5 to 6pm.  Each community will be given 5 minutes to showcase their community and display to the judges. 

Q:  How long will we have the display up? 
A:  The community display will be up for the duration of the conference.  They will be in the Salon Foyer area for other communities, sponsors and conference attendees.

Q:  What will we be judged on?
It will be judged on creativity, visual appeal, information provided (what your community has to offer, what projects you did, etc.) It will also be judged on the question:  Does it make someone want to visit your community and does it show what you did for MCB projects.

Q;  Who will receive prizes?
A: Prizes will be given for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.  Have fun with the display.  Be creative.  Show others why your town is a great place to live.

Q:  Can I have a powerpoint presentation at my table?
A: Yes you can but it will have to play on a laptop you provide.  Please let us know ahead of time so we can insure your table is near an outlet.

Q:  Can we bring a display we use at other events?
A: Yes, but it can only take up the same room as an 8 foot table.  Keep in mind, the display is judged on creativity and showing your community projects.


“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

“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 

"The Missouri Community Betterment Program is one of the best values a rural community can invest in to access professional assistance in community planning, development and technical expertise." - Kelly Smith, Missouri Farm Bureau

"MCB has provided our rural community with resources and opportunities to implement projects and help grow community support.  MCB allows our youth an avenue to be involved on a much larger scale in the growth and development of our community.  I have been involved with MCB for 25 years and the experiences I have been able to share with the youth of our community have truly been priceless.  Being involved with MCB, has opened many doors for our community, but the greatest reward for me has been the positive impact on our youth and the leadership opportunities provided to them." - Jodie Cottrell, youth group leader , Steelville

“We invest in Missouri Community Betterment because we see firsthand the success the program is having in rural communities throughout the state. While across the Midwest we are seeing Main Streets close up shop, MCB communities continue to grow and provide a better quality of life for Missourians.” - Mark Woodson, Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc.

“Founded by the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Missouri Community Betterment has provided outstanding technical assistance to Missouri’s rural communities for more than 50 years.  The support, energy, and success of the MCB program has continued to give participating communities the opportunity to thrive in today’s economy and make Missouri feel like home to growing businesses.” - Mike Downing, Director of Missouri Department of Economic Development

"Our Youth are just in awe of everything they did at conference and are ready to undertake all sorts of new challenges.  I was so proud or Kirk, who spoke at at a grant acceptance ceremony on Wednesday (week after the 2015 conference).  He spoke to 30 adults and stayed calm as a cucumber  and was the hit of the show.  Without the leadership skills he learned at the conference, I don’t know if he would have been so sure of himself.  Thanks is not enough, but the only word in English we have available." - Connie Johnson, Galena

In my opinion MCB has helped communities in our region by giving them a sense or organization/structure to go about improving their community on their own.  They have access to resources and a network to assist them in achieving their goals and it keeps community development in front of them all the time by having this nucleus active in the community.
Jackie Soptic, Assistant Director, Green Hills Regional Planning Commission

Missouri Community Betterment Educational Fund Inc.,
P.O. Box 105997, Jefferson City, MO 65110
Phone:660.383.1034 Fax:660.383.1202