The state of Missouri has added its support to the local effort to discuss partnership opportunities and collaborations that can benefit Fort Leonard Wood and the central Missouri region.
Joe Driskill, Missouri’s military advocate, last month added his signature to the Fort Leonard Wood Community Partnership charter, an agreement initially signed in January by the garrison commander, neighboring communities and civic organizations to provide a forum for local leaders to pursue ideas and concepts for new partnerships.
The Fort Leonard Wood Community Partnership leadership committee, which is co-chaired by the executive director of the Sustainable Ozarks Partnership (SOP) and Fort Leonard Wood’s garrison commander, now will include a state representative. The group’s members advise on organization policies and capabilities, as well as provide insight into how their organization could support a partnership opportunity, according to a news release from SOP.
“While the [Fort Leonard Wood Community Partnership leadership committee] is a strong regional group and has always had support from the state of Missouri, Joe’s signature is a clear indicator of the state’s desire to see the group continue to build partnerships that will strengthen Fort Leonard Wood and conserve the installation’s resources,” said SOP Executive Director Kent Thomas.
Thomas succeeded Driskill at SOP earlier this year after Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) appointed Driskill as the state’s first military advocate.
The partnership committee’s efforts already have resulted in success. Repair work was completed on a state road that runs through the installation and a memorandum of agreement is now in place assigning responsibility for maintaining it in the future. Other initiatives in the works include partnerships to provide animal control, visitor center support, landscaping services and renewable energy.