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SMCOG: Collaborative Partnerships for Community Development and Safety

Jason Ray executive directory with SMCOG

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Leslie Carrier continues her discussion with Jason Ray, executive director at the Southwest Missouri Council of Governments or SMCOG.   

Ray speaks today about SMCOG’s role as regional planning commission,  discussing local partnerships related to community development management projects and homeland security.    

Learn more about SMCOG at

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