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Missouri Community Betterment (MCB) assists Missouri communities, especially small rural ones, in overcoming challenges. MCB supports community leaders in establishing personal connections, utilizing technology, and accessing resource networks, all while promoting and showcasing meaningful community efforts. Through networking, educational opportunities, and connecting community needs with available resources, MCB helps communities improve their livelihood and quality of life.
Engage your community’s youth through a state-wide recognized leadership and civic engagement program.
Through focused instruction and application-based sessions; MCB brings leading youth development experts and top motivational speakers together for the annual statewide conference.
The MCB Program, originating from the "Planned Progress" initiative by Union Electric Corporation in the 1950s, aimed to attract new businesses to rural areas of Missouri through community improvement projects. Governor John Dalton expanded the program statewide, forming a public/private partnership between the corporation, the state, and the Department of Economic Development. In 1963, Missouri Community Betterment was officially established and later, in 1987, the Missouri Community Betterment Educational Fund (MCBEF) was created as a private nonprofit corporation to raise and distribute funds for the program. Despite changes in sponsorship and scope, MCB has remained a longstanding and popular program, particularly benefiting smaller communities that are often overlooked by other initiatives.