The Northeast Missouri Development Partnership hosted its 5th annual meeting.
The meeting was held on A.T. Still University's campus, where the session addressed ways to develop a community. Elected officials, economic development board members among other city, county, and state officials were all in attendance.
Keynote speaker Dame Stangler, with Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, talked about the active ways university's can help build a community.
"They bring a lot of money into a community, building and construction jobs, things like that to create a lot of jobs," said Stangler. "Not only temporal jobs, but permanent jobs for that community."
Stangler says universities constantly have a flow of new people which gives a constant flow of new ideas and energy.
The theme for this year: Growing Our Own Prosperity.