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

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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 www.springfieldcommunityfocus.org

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