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(Waynesville) – This year’s Sustainable Ozarks Partnership’s 2013 Annual Conference will be held on Thursday, August 1 from 8AM-4PM at the Waynesville Career Center.

The conference will bring together state and regional leaders, experts and citizens to pursue initiatives to improve the quantity of life, job opportunities, and business climate in the four county region surrounding Fort Leonard Wood and to help ensure the bases growth.

The Mayor of Waynesville said that with the recent downsizing decisions, looming budget cuts, and the need to prepare for an eventual base realignment and closure of BRAC for the Army this conference is a great opportunity for the future.

A panel of at least six guest speakers has confirmed their participation during the conference including:

Major General Leslie Smith, the new Fort Leonard Wood Commanding General will speak on Fort Leonard Woods sustainability perspective.

Retired Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth Preston will be speaking on the challenges that military communities face today.

Tim Ford CEO for Association of Defense Communities will be talking about what base communities are doing around the nation to have positive impacts on their military installations.

Dr. Rebecca Johnson, Deputy to the Commanding General, Army Maneuver Supports Center of Excellence will be providing the closing remarks for the day’s event.

Mike Dubois the Director of Defense and International, Kit Bond Strategies will speak on “The Environment We Live in—Continuing Resolutions, Sequestration, Reductions, Veteran Affairs, BRAC, JLIS and Tech-44”

Kevin Palmer, CEO for Center for Sustainable Strategies, will be speaking on the “Notable Sustainability Initiatives in other DOD communities”

The conference is free to all attendees and will include a light breakfast, a lunch, and refreshments will be provided compliments of the Leonard Wood Institute.

To register for the conference call 573-329-8500 before July 30 or for more information visit

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