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Community Focus Report facilitator says citizen participation is 'at top of pyramid'


This broadcast season, KSMU’s program "Making A Difference" is switching gears. Through a series of panel conversations airing the second Thursday of every month, we examine each chapter of The 2021 Community Focus Report for Springfield and Greene County. The CFR is a biennial report which evaluates the community’s assets, gaps, opportunities and challenges in eleven key areas, including today’s topic: citizen participation.

Our guests for today’s panel conversation are: Jonathan Groves, facilitator of the CFR; Sony Hocklander, author of the CFR chapter and White Paper on Citizen Participation; Joan Gentry, Voter Services Chair with the League Of Women Voters of Southwest Missouri; and Doug Sanders, a recently registered voter who is passionate about being a part of the voting process.

Production support for the 2021 Community Focus Report for Springfield and Greene County comes from: The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, The Junior League of Springfield, The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, The Springfield-Greene County Library District, and The United Way of The Ozarks.

The 2021 Community Focus Report for Springfield and Greene County is available for viewing at

Sony Hocklander
Left-Right: Sony Hocklander, Joan Gentry, Jonathan Groves, Mike Smith
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Courtesy of Doug Sanders
Doug Sanders is a former felon who's voting rights were restored with the help of the League of Women Voters

Mike Smith's career at KSMU began in 1980 as a student announcer when the former Navy Submariner attended (then) SMSU with help from the GI Bill. In 1982 Smith became a full time member of the KSMU family as "Chief Announcer", responsible for the acquisition, training and scheduling of the student announcing staff. It was also in 1982 when Smith first produced "Seldom Heard Music" a broadcast of Bluegrass which is still heard on KSMU and every Saturday night at 7CT.