Communities may now apply to participate in the third phase of the CFO’s rural economic development program, Growth In the Rural Ozarks. Since its inception, five rural communities — Marshfield, Sarcoxie, Salem, Aurora and Buffalo — have participated in the program. The new phase, referred to as “GRO 3.0,” will be open to 10 communities with regional affiliate foundations.
The goal of GRO is to help local rural communities create sustainable plans for long-term economic growth and community development. GRO began in 2016 and has become a model for rapidly deploying transformative methods. Participation in GRO 3.0 will require a three-year commitment with a total financial cost of $30,000, 20% of which must be matched by the community’s affiliate foundation.
Hrishue Mahalaha of Innovation Economy Partners, the lead facilitator of GRO, will be available for in-person meetings Jan. 28–30. Please contact Alice Wingo to schedule a meeting.
For more information about GRO 3.0, please see the video and other material below.
Contact Alice Wingo