EXCEL: EXperience in Community Enterprise and Leadership

Since 1984, nearly 8,000 people in more than one-third of Missouri's counties have participated in local EXCEL leadership development programs.

EXCEL is a process, not a pre-packaged program. It is tailored to individual community needs and resources. What distinguishes EXCEL programs from other approaches to leadership development is the program's flexibility and its focus on local control, inclusiveness and the future of community governance.

project planning through EXCELEXCEL programs have addressed:

  • Local and state government and associated service systems
  • Economic development and taxation
  • Infrastructure
  • Environment and natural resources
  • Cultural heritage and tourism
  • Demographic trends. Many rural Missouri communities have experienced ongoing net population losses 
  • Education
  • Health, human services and access to quality local health care
  • Arts, leisure, recreation and other quality-of-life issues.

Communities investing in EXCEL programs see new and younger people running for public office, more involvement in community activities and organizations, heightened community appearance and better functioning boards and commissions.

For more information, please contact:
Johanna Reed Adams, Ph.D.
223 Gentry Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
573-882-8393