MU Extension holds heritage conference

A 'Cultural Heritage and Arts Conference' drew people to the Heartland Tuesday afternoon.

The program in Macon was sponsored by the University of Missouri Extension. Its goal was to help bring more tourism into the local communities.

The conference offered help for those interested in capitalizing on cultural heritage and the arts for economic development strategies for rural communities. The conference included numerous keynote speakers from the Missouri Department of Tourism, the Hannibal Arts Council and the Walt Disney Hometown Museum. Attendees brainstormed ideas to help bring more tourism to the Heartland.

"But to me the thing that really happens is when they network and talk to each other, and are able to work together on a regional basis," said Larry Dickerson, a Community Development Specialist for the Missouri Extension.

The University of Missouri Extension plans to hold more conferences focusing on the importance of community heritage in the future.