CLOSUP Public Sector Excellence Database
Community Outreach Board
Missouri Municipal League - 2009 - MML Innovation Award (Medium City)
The City of Jackson, MO created a Community Outreach Board with thirteen members from various sectors of the community. The mission of the Board is to address health, youth, and senior issues; as well as to improve understanding and communication within the community at-large.
Jackson’s Community Outreach Board was born on April 7, 2003 from an idea hatched by then-Mayor Paul
Sander. His goal was to fuse together two pre-existing committees – the Human Relations Board and the Health Board – into one definitive group that could help make long-lasting connections with Jackson residents and businesses. With an eye to developing stronger ties to the community, the board was designed to address constituent needs and concerns in an on-going fashion.
The new Community Outreach Board consists of thirteen members, appointed by the mayor and approved by the board of aldermen. Additionally, the mayor assigns elected officials and staff members to serve as voting members. All members are volunteers who serve without compensation and represent different sectors of the community, including the business sector, academia, local government, special interest groups, and the general public. The mission of the Community Outreach Board is to address health, youth, and senior issues; as well as to improve understanding and communication within the community at-large through training, education, and innovation.