February 5, 2015 Meeting

Meeting Agenda – February 5, 2015   3:30-5:00

Location: CFO


  1.  Welcome – Greg Burris & Gail Smart
  2.  Approval of 1-15-15 Meeting Minutes
  3.  Update on Poverty Simulations
  4.  Update on Community Survey Distribution
  5.  Continued Discussion – “Tension Points”
  6.  Dashboard Indicators Discussion
  7.  Possible Field Trips
  8.  Questions/Discussion
  9.  Adjourn


Greg Burris, Springfield City Manager

Asher Allman, Center for Community Engagement

Nate Bibens, The Network

Sheryl Clay, NAACP Board of Directors

Sherry Coker, Ozark Technical Community College

Brendan Griesemer, City of Springfield

John Horton, Rotary Clubs of Springfield

Sandy Howard, Springfield Chamber of Commerce

Traci Louvier, Tuthill Vacuum & Blower System

Debi Meeds, United Way of the Ozarks

Marty Moore, Springfield Public Schools

Rob Nelson, Marlin Company

John Oke-Thomas, Minorities in Business

Francine Pratt, United Way Board of Directors

Linda Ramey-Greiwe, Springfield News-Leader

Mary Ann Rojas, City of Springfield

Scott Brady, KY3

Carl Rosenkranz, OACAC

Cora Scott, City of Springfield

Winter Skelton, CFO

Larry Spilker, Buckhorn, Inc.

Dr. Mike Stout, Missouri State University

Mark Struckhoff, Council of Churches of the Ozarks

Maura Taylor, Health Commission


Margaret Buckner, Impacting Poverty Collaborative


Myra Massey, CPO



Greg Burris welcomed members to the meeting and thanked them for attending. He welcomed Margaret Buckner, PhD, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Missouri State University, as well. Dr. Buckner attended the meeting as a representative of the Impacting Poverty Collaborative.

Approval of 1-15-15 Meeting Minutes

He then called their attention to the minutes from the January 15th meeting and asked if there were any corrections or additions. Hearing none, he called for a motion to approve.

ACTION: Francine Pratt made a motion to approve the minutes from January 15, 2015 as presented. Mark Struckhoff seconded the motion; motion carried.

Update on Poverty Simulations

Carl Rosenkranz provided an update on Poverty Simulations as of February 5, 2015. The simulations bolded, are from efforts of the Commission.

Upcoming simulations:

February 10th 11am-1pm at MSU with MSU Education Department

February 13th 9-11am at Truman Elementary with SPS teachers

March 17th 10am-noon location to be determined with Springfield Chamber of Commerce

March 26th 8-10am at First Baptist Church with Downtown Rotary Club

April 20th 9:30am-11:30am at North Point Church with North Point Church (possibly)

April 23rd 10am-noon location to be determined with Center City Christian Outreach

July 14th 10:45am-12:45pm location to be determined with Greene County COAD

Groups we are trying to schedule:

Enactus – email sent to determine continued interest

Sparta School District – email sent to determine continued interest

Craig Peterson – will have small groups attend other simulations

Springfield Public Schools

Council of Churches is encouraging area churches to host/participate in simulations

Completed simulations because of efforts from the Commission:

April 3rd with the Commission

May 13th with Greene County Health Department and Jordan Valley

May 21st with Greene County Health Department and Jordan Valley

September 22nd with Junior League

October 16th 9-11am at Missouri Career Center with the Library

October 20th 9-11am at Missouri Career Center with the Library

October 29th 9-11am at Cox North Fountain Plaza Room with CoxHealth Certified Application Counselors

November 3rd 6-8pm at Student Catholic Center with MSU Mike Stout

November 12th 9-11am at OACAC with 417 Magazine

November 18th 3:30-5:30pm at Missouri Career Center with Springfield Chamber of Commerce The Network

January 26th 9-11am at Central Assembly with Central Assembly

Total number of simulations (both upcoming and completed) from the Commission: 16

The Alliance of Southwest Missouri in Joplin has scheduled a simulation for a maximum of 80 people on April 10th to be held at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

Meghan Visser, OACAC, is telling newly interested groups they are booked through April 2015 and that simulations are scheduled during regular business hours Monday through Friday, 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m. as it is difficult for their volunteers to come to evening simulations because about half of them ride the city bus, walk, or ride a bicycle.

If media will be invited to a simulation, please let Meghan know in advance so staff and volunteers can be prepared. Volunteers are needed for all of the upcoming simulations. Please contact Meghan at 417.873.3372 or mvisser@oacac-caa.org.


Update on Community Survey Distribution

Surveys will be collected through the end of February. Crosslines collected more than 130 surveys at its toy distribution before Christmas and will continue to distribute and collect them through February. Other members volunteered to distribute at various events throughout the month. The objective of the survey is to determine what the under-resourced population considers its greatest needs.


United Way Meeting in St. Louis

Debi Meeds and Linda Ramey-Greiwe attended a recent meeting in St. Louis with other United Way representatives and shared information from that meeting. United Way of Greater St. Louis considered five areas in which it could have the most impact: Basic Needs; Education; Health; Financial Stability; and Strong Communities. To decide how their organization could have the most impact with available funds and to avoid duplication of services, they looked at partner agencies and other agencies in the area to determine who was funding other projects and how those funds were being spent. Their decision was to place education at the top of their priorities to work towards solutions, not band aides.


Possible Field Trips

There have been earlier discussions regarding field trips to cities that have successfully implemented major changes in neighborhoods, primarily populated by the under-resourced. St. Louis and Memphis were mentioned as possibilities. Greg also suggested that both cities could be visited by two different groups.

Beyond Housing is a community development organization that focuses on multiple areas within a community for the greatest impact. Francine share information about the organization and the impact it has had on the St. Louis County community of Pagedale, bringing to the area among other things:

  • Affordable housing and preservation of existing housing;
  • Grocery store – 90% of the hires had to be from within the community and the company was required to build a hiring structure giving employees opportunities to advance;
  • Education – Working with the school system to develop training for grocery store employees, as well as other positions;
  • Jobs;
  • Bank – located in the basement of a senior high rise providing check cashing; money is transferred to a debit card to eliminate the need for cash on-site;
  • Movie theater – Lack of transportation for entertainment to other areas of the city made this addition attractive to the residents.

The project took about eight years to bring all the pieces together.

The City of Memphis followed the Collective Impact model to bring significant changes to the city. Both Memphis and St. Louis have seen positive outcomes with their programs, and both are well-worth studying.


Dashboard Indicators Discussion

Greg asked the members to consider what indicators they would like to see based on subjects that have been discussed.

Dashboard Indicators:

  • Percentage Of Children On Free And Reduced Lunch
  • Number Of Home Fires
  • Number Of Homeless
  • Education
    • High School
    • Higher Education
    • Certificate Attainment
    • Percentage Of Kindergarten-Ready Children
  • Average Or Median Income
  • Percentage Of Workforce Earning A Living Wage
  • Crime Rate
  • Home Ownership
  • Reduction In TANF Cases
  • Reduction In SNAP Recipients
  • Reduction In Student Mobility
  • Percentage Of Uninsured
  • Access To Healthcare
  • Access To Mental Health Services
    • (Ratios)
  • Number Of Uninsured Visits To ER
  • Job Growth
  • Business Owners – Workforce Readiness – Quality
  • Growth Of Minority Business Receipts
  • Drug-Related Crime Rate
  • Available Of Affordable Housing
  • Available Of Clean/Safe Housing
  • Transportation – Access & Efficiency
  • Reduction Of Food Deserts
  • Shelter Occupancy
  • Men At Work
  • Number Of Pay Day Loan Services
  • Average Household Income
  • Income Disparity
    • 3% Unemployment
    • 45% Living Below Federal Poverty Level
  • Number Of Millionaires
  • Number Of Teen Pregnancies
  • Infant Mortality
  • WIC
  • Community Health Index
  • Weeks To See Dentist
  • Number Of Children In Foster Care
  • Quality Of Life In Community
  • Wage Disparity Male vs. Female
  • Wage Disparity Gender & Race
  • Number Of ER Visits
  • Life Expectancy
  • Community Engagement
    • Voter Participation
    • Cultural Vs. Clinical

Greg asked members to participate in this exercise to formulate quality questions about particular issues, to make the visits to St. Louis and/or Memphis more productive. He will talk with each of the cities about optional dates for visits and bring those back to the members.

Tension Points

  • Income Inequality
    • Unions – Wages
    • Corporate Profits
  • Vocational Training Programs
    • Hosted By Businesses
    • Need To Redefine Higher Education “Success”
    • Lumina Grant
    • More Apprentices
    • Mentorships
  • Educational Alignment W/ Jobs
  • Local vs. State/Federal Priorities
  • Pilot Project vs. Entire Community
    • Local Political Leadership Not Typically Supportive Of These Types Of Programs
    • Competing Viewpoints
    • Viewpoint: The Poor Aren’t Working Hard Enough

Before the Commission tackles any one of these issues, several question will need answers:

  • How can we approach the issue without requesting additional funding?
  • What direction can be taken that will not demand behavioral adjustment only?
  • Are there existing programs that additional support or can a new program be introduced?
  • What education will be required for the program to be successful?

The next meeting will be Thursday, February 19, 2015 at KY3. The meeting was adjourned.