February 2 - 3, 2016
What is Great Northwest Day?

GNW Group PictureGreat Northwest Day at the CapitolSM exists as a cooperative effort by Northwest Missouri communities to unify and enhance our region’s image in Jefferson City and to pursue issues and legislation beneficial to the “Great Northwest.”

At this annual event, northwest Missourians employ a unique regional, cooperative approach to communicate with the leadership in Jefferson City. With a delegation of over 350 northwest Missouri constituents, Great Northwest Day includes introductions to the House & Senate and a regional lunch, followed by an evening buffet with State legislators, department heads and elected officials. Showcasing the evening event are community and county booths emphasizing the regional priorities and promoting local attributes.

Why Participate in Great Northwest Day?

Great Northwest Day at the CapitolSM began as a way to promote AWARENESS... through unifying and working together, the communities of Northwest Missouri find this approach is a premiere way to present issues to State Legislators and officials. It is a regional effort to influence legislation that will benefit all of Northwest Missouri and the state as a whole. A graduating class of Leadership Northwest Missouri originated the event in 2002.

Great Northwest Day Goals & Objectives
Meeting Legislators
  • Create a forum northwest Missouri to meet face-to-face with legislators state-wide
  • Set priorities as a region
  • Emphasize northwest Missouri as a region while highlighting northwest Missouri participating communities
  • Create collaboration and communication throughout the northwest region
What Do Legislators Say About Our Event?

Legislators are impressed by the united front of the communities involved. Comments include:

Personal communication has the greatest effect.
Representative Tom Shively - District 8

It is always good to share communication between different parts of the state. Learning about our neighbors is the best way to work together for the betterment of our state.
Representative Mike Spreng - District 76

It provided an opportunity for those legislators NOT from the Northwest region to be welcomed in a warm way and to receive an abundance of education from the very able presenters and groups representing the region.
Representative Timothy W. Jones - District 89

I enjoyed the opportunity to hear from my fellow Missourians about what great things that are going on and just how important we keep that area of the Great State of Missouri thriving. I enjoyed listening and learning. Northwest Missouri appears like this wonderful place to live and raise a family. Kind of like back home where I live and raise my family. Thank you all so very much for your wonderful hospitality. I enjoyed the chance to visit with such wonderful people.
Representative Timothy G. Meadows - District 101

There is no better way to communicate our message than real people sharing it with elected officials.
Senator Brad Lager - District 12

It brings together the community leaders of the region in a friendly environment that allows for very constructive and positive conversations. Very nice event.
Dan Niec - MoDOT, North Central District

It was a great time to relax and focus on the opportunities of the northwestern part of the state. I really enjoyed it.
Representative Tom Todd, District 163

I got to visit with the individual towns that were involved. This is one of the most well prepared events that I have had a chance to attend.
Representative Paul Quinn, District 9


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