The first Elsberry Community Growth Association Membership meeting was held Monday at the Elsberry United Methodist Hall.
Community Partners and members were recognized during the meeting by President Sam Byers.
ECGA Secretary Kim Mueller presented George Nieters with the Elsberry Community Advocate Award for his many years of service to the Elsberry community.
The criteria for nominations was an individual whose noticeable contribution to the city in the past six months that would align with one of the ECGA’s four objectives which are 1) to attract new residents and homeowners 2) to spur economic growth and development 3) to foster civic responsibility and volunteerism and 4) to instill community pride by eliminating deterioration and encouraging private initiatives.
Vice-President Adam Heitman presented details on the recent “Feels Like Home Tour” that was held on Friday, March 31.
The meeting saw numerous individuals from education, city government, business owners and farmers split into five categories.
They were: Education and Youth Development; Tourism, Arts & Culture; Business Growth and Economic Development; Agribusiness and Farming; Government and Infrastructure.
Those in attendance met within their groups geared towards their background to come up with strengths and weaknesses. That information was then given to the representatives from the “Feels Like Home Tour” as they will take the information and provide there recommendations at a later date.
To cap off the membership meeting, Diana Huckstep, Louisiana Chairman of the Community Betterment Association and Economic Development Committee spoke to those in attendance about her time making Louisiana a better community.
Huckstep talked about ways to build a community even without the big factory business. She spoke about getting the youth involved and starting small and building on events.
Anyone wanting more information on the ECGA can contact Sam Byers, any member or the ECGA Facebook page.