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Upcoming Meetings


The Southwest Missouri Council of Governments (SMCOG) will be holding six public hearings throughout the region to discuss the organization’s submission of applications for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Mitigation (MIT) program to assist areas impacted by the 2017 disasters (DR-4317).

SMCOG is interested in obtaining all citizens' input on community development needs within the area. Citizens will have the opportunity to discuss the impact of the proposed projects on the environment and the environment’s possible impact on the projects. SMCOG needs as much local participation as possible in order to reflect the true desires of the community as a whole, as well as the comments relating to the proposed project applications. The State has established a maximum application request for each funding category – planning grants can be no more than $150,000; capacity building grants can be no more than $200,000. Planning and capacity building applications are presumed to meet the 51% LMI national objective. No displacement of persons will be proposed.

The proposed projects include the development of plans, reports, and capacity building. These include an Emergency Response Plan for the City of Aurora (estimated at $50,000), a comprehensive plan for the City of Branson (estimated at $60,000), a stormwater preliminary engineering report for the Village of Bull Creek (estimated at $50,000), a stormwater management plan for the Village of Indian Point (estimated at $50,000), and staff augmentation for two SMCOG positions: one grant writer/administrator (estimated at $100,000) and one associate planner (estimated at $100,000). All citizens are encouraged to attend in order to comment on the proposed activities.

September 7, 2023: Indian Point Village Hall – 10:00 AM located at 957 Indian Point Rd. Branson, MO 65616; Branson City Hall, Council Chambers – 11:30 AM located at 110 W Maddux St. Branson, MO 65616; Bull Creek Village Hall – 1:30 PM located at 1886 State Hwy F, Bull Creek, MO 65616

September 8, 2023: Aurora Fire/Police Department – 10:00 located at 106 S. Elliot Ave. Aurora, MO 65605; SMCOG Conference Room– 1:00 PM & 1:30 PM located at 110 Park Central Sq. Springfield, MO 65806

For more information on the proposed projects contact Kelsi Burton at 417-836-3031 or by email at or visit our website at

If you need special accommodations for the public hearing including LEP assistance, please contact Kelsi Burton by September 3, 2023 by 5:00 PM. The meetings will be held at an accessible location and SMCOG will make every effort possible to provide reasonable accommodations.


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