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In addition to the director of strategic partnerships' role in partnership building, part of the focus is to help empower others to do the same -- wherever they are located in the state. This involves working with the training team and the director of off campus operations, to look at our various audiences, and arm them with the “tools” they can use to help them in their roles. That includes county engagement specialists, county or regional council members (volunteers), and those stakeholders who want to champion Extension and the work we do.

The director of strategic partnerships also works closely with the University of Missouri and University System’s government relations teams to engage and develop relationships with elected officials, at all levels of government, from local to state and federal. A portion of that involves coordinating with teams like the Center for Applied Research and Engagement Systems (CARES), and the UM System, to make available data resources, and people that can interpret them, to equip all of our audiences to have trusted information.

Resources for Building Partnerships

Educating Volunteers and Stakeholders

Working with Your Elected Officials

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Additional Resources

  • Look Up Your Elected Officials by Legislative, Senate and Congressional Districts (see tool at left)
  • Help you navigate your State and U.S. Capitols
  • Help you know your role
  • Getting Familiar with Extension Programs
  • Tips on forging relationships and being available for opportunities in districts

The Council for Agriculture, Research, Extension and Teaching (CARET)

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Spotlight on Innovative Partnerships by CESs

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