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ECONOMIC VITALITY: How can we improve our communities?

OCTOBER 19, 4:00-6:00 P.M.
UMSL Campus RCEW Building (8225 Florissant Road St. Louis, MO 63121)
Register (required)

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During the UMSL 60th anniversary year, we are launching the UMSL Forum for Community Dialogue. The UMSL Forum for Community Dialogue seeks to bring members of UMSL and the greater Saint Louis community together in order to enhance the capacity of groups and individuals to consider and evaluate multiple options and viewpoints about issues that impact our communities. 

First topic in the Series: Economic Vitality: How can we improve our communities?
What can government, businesses, and citizens do to enhance economic growth and vitality in our communities? Participants in this first forum will explore the advantages and trade-offs of three areas of focus to promote economic vitality. The purpose is to inspire thoughtful examination of differing points of view and movement towards common ground around which the community can plan for its future.

Light refreshments will be served.
The event is FREE! To register for this event or indicate your interest in future events, please register (required)

Brought to you by the following partners:

  • • Creating Whole Communities
  • MU Extension of St. Louis County
  • UMSL Community Engagement and Outreach
  • UMSL Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • UMSL Office of Economic and Community Development

Questions?  communityengagement@umsl.edu  Office: (314) 200-2705 ext 102

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Dr. Plöger was joined by a panel of local speakers:
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