EXCEL is an acronym for EXperience in Community Enterprise and Leadership. It is a process for community leadership, not a pre-packaged program.

The program features a high degree of flexibility, local control, inclusiveness and focus on the future of community governance.

Communities can expect to see new and younger people running for public office, more involvement in community activities and organizations, improved community appearance, boards and commissions functioning more smoothly.

Allow six to 12 months to plan and organize an EXCEL program. Ongoing support and assistance is provided by a local University of Missouri Extension specialist or another technical assistance provider.

Membership is limited to about 30 participants per class to ensure effective learning for all.

The program budget is developed by a steering committee. Funding usually comes from fees — generally $100 to $500 per participant — or scholarships from local firms, government and organizations.

For more information, please contact: Claire Wolff.