Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Integrity Home Care Becomes Presenting Sponsor for 2018 Greene County Extension Programs

Contact: David Burton, civic communication specialist
County Program Director - Greene County
Tel: (417) 881-8909

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Integrity Home Care + Hospice in Springfield provides home health, hospice, pediatrics and much more throughout the state of Missouri. Their services are especially sought after in rural areas which made Greene County MU Extension a perfect partner.

Integrity Home Care + Hospice is first new presenting sponsor for Greene County MU Extension in several years thanks to the efforts of Greene County Extension Council member and volunteer Kent John.

“Being a presenting sponsor for our programs offers a unique opportunity at the reasonable price of $2,000 for 12 months,” said David Burton, country program director for Greene County Extension. “This is an excellent marketing opportunity that brings recognition to the sponsor and support to the local extension office.”

Presenting sponsors are listed on the ads, media releases and promotions of the major programs offering by Greene County Extension during the year. Burton explains that many businesses sponsor individual programs or events to target specific audiences at a smaller price.

“The presenting sponsor package helps the extension office with event planning and marketing but it also gives the sponsor access to the thousands of people we reach during the year with our marketing and our programs,” said Burton.

Greene County Extension annually hosts fee-based programs with an attendance of over 1,500 people. Over 40,000 county residents accessed programs through Greene County Extension in 2017.

However, marketing efforts by the extension office for these programs reach over 100,000 a year.

Current presenting sponsors include Integrity Home Care and Hospice, Greene County Commission, Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.

For more information on how your business can become a presenting sponsor, contact Greene County Extension Council member and volunteer Kent John at (801) 604-2338 or David Burton by email at

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Time for Face-to-Face Conversations

Written by David Burton

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Never underestimate the power of conversation.

While much of America has slipped back into their house, with the garage door shut, and with Facebook turned on, the best move forward for Missouri communities is to establish places where real conversations between real people can take place.

These conversations can lead to positive changes in the community and community relationships.

Improvements come from face-to-face dialogue, not from community rumors or gossip.

Great things can happen when landowners and possible builders sit down and visit with school district leaders about needs, challenges, and how they can work together to strengthen the community and the school district.

Great things can happen when the leading businesses in town sit down together and talk about ways to help each other and their community.

Great things can happen when you have improved communication between the city and the school district about items that mutually benefit and challenge these organizations.

Conversation, engagement, and education can lead to a community where there is cooperation, activated and engaged people, an improved quality of life and a growing community pride.

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BACKGROUND: The Western Greene County Leadership Academy known as EXCCEL pools emerging leaders from the western side of county including the towns of Republic, Willard, Ash Grove and rural areas in an effort to develop future community leaders.