Community Focus Report Unveils New Look, Format
The 2021 Community Focus Report will be rolling out to the public in a new way this year.
Every two years, leaders from area nonprofit organizations and government agencies compile a list of Blue Ribbons (strengths) and Red Flags (challenges) in Springfield and Greene County to help identify ways to use resources to tackle community issues effectively.
The 11 topics usually covered in the printed report will be shared as a series of white papers before the October release of the 2021 report, said Jonathan Groves, report facilitator and a communication professor at Drury University. The information will then be condensed into a summary report focused on the COVID pandemic and the social determinants of health in Springfield and Greene County.
"COVID has disrupted every facet of our lives, and the steering committee decided to release the information in a way that best captures the profound effect of the pandemic on Springfield and Greene County," Groves said.
As part of that effort, the Springfield-Greene County Library District has redesigned the report's website to provide an online space for nonprofit organizations and government agencies to release updated information to the public in a more timely fashion.
The report is a joint project of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, United Way of the Ozarks, the Springfield-Greene County Library District, Junior League of Springfield and the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.
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