The Sustainable Ozarks Partnership will host its annual meeting Thursday, Aug. 22, with the theme “Supporting National Defense in the Heart of America.” The meeting will be at The Ark Community and Sports Complex in Waynesville.

During the meeting, the group will report on organizational accomplishments, consider its performance over the past year and set objectives for the coming year.

 “Nearly 200 business, governmental, civic, and military leaders and community members from the four-county region (Pulaski, Phelps, Laclede, and Texas) are expected to attend,” said SOP executive director Dorsey Newcomb.

The City of Houston is an active participant in the organization through its economic development department.

Consistent with this year’s theme, attendees should anticipate hearing from federal, state and military leaders on the importance of the roles that communities, region and state play in supporting the Department of Defense, enhancing Fort Leonard Wood’s mission success and improving quality of life of men and women in uniform and their families.

The list of speakers this year includes:

•U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (Confirmed)

•Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe (Confirmed)

•Missouri Adjutant General Levon Cumpton (Invited)

•Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood Commanding General Maj. General Donna Martin (Invited)

•Fort Leonard Wood Garrison Commander Colonel Eric Towns (Confirmed)

•Missouri Military Advocate Joe Driskill (Confirmed)

•Director of Policy and Business Development, Kit Bond Strategies Mike Dubois (Confirmed)

The event is free and open to the public. Those wishing to attend must RSVP by Tuesday, Aug. 20. RSVPs are needed to plan accordingly for the venue and to get an accurate lunch count.


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