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  • Brookfield & Marceline: A Team of Rivals

    By Becky Cleveland The rural communities of Marceline and Brookfield, both located in North Central Missouri’s  Linn County, have teamed up to pilot Communities of Excellence 2026.  We are hopeful that successful implementation of this ... more

  • Trolls, Elves, and Strong Communities

    By Kruse Scholar Spencer Cahoon A week ago my wife and I returned from traveling through the lands of trolls, elves, and Vikings: Scandinavia.  From seeing spectacular waterfalls, tasting fermented shark meat, to exploring 800-year ... more

  • Rural America: think regionally; act locally

    Communities of Excellence 2026 is pleased to share a six part blog series by our National Learning Collaborative pilot cohort communities.  Today we begin with a post from Max Summers and Steve Wenger, representing the Northwest ... more

  • The Communities of Excellence 2026 Community Recognition Program

    Communities of Excellence 2026, in partnership with the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, is pleased to announce the first level of the Communities of Excellence Recognition Program—Commitment to Community Excellence.  At this level, communities respond to ... more

  • Insights from our Pilot Cohort of Communities

    By Stephanie Norling, Director During last week's Learning Collaborative Discussion Session we heard presentations from each of our five communities on their community's history, the makeup of their collaborative, coalition or leadership team participating, examples of ... more

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