Thrive Excelsior receives highest level of recognition
Excelsior Springs is the first community in the nation to receive silver recognition through the Communities of Excellence Assessment and Recognition Program. This is the highest level of recognition currently awarded through the program. The effort to receive this recognition was led by Thrive Excelsior, a community coalition seeking to increase the quality of life and life span of residents in Excelsior Springs.
City Manager, Molly McGovern says “the work that COE is doing is to create relationships around a common purpose. We have made an intention choice to pursue this work and it is the difference between putting out fires or preventing them. There are so many great quotes that describe what we are doing. I like this one from Hellen Keller ‘Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.’”
To be considered for recognition, communities complete a self-assessment of their collaboration efforts after participating for a minimum of three years in the National Learning Collaborative program. Applicants respond to the Communities of Excellence criteria in its entirety. In their responses applicants detail the approaches used to develop strategies and meet their goals, how well these approaches are deployed to community stakeholders, how they learn and improve over time, and how they align their efforts with community needs; integrating plans, processes, information, resource decisions, actions, and analyses to support community-wide goals. They also report key results related to the success of these efforts and the overall wellbeing of their community.
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