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Springfield, Missouri: November 1 & 2, 2023

Interested in learning more about bringing an Eden Village to your city? Our team has successfully gone through the steps and learned the dos and don’ts on how you get through everything from fundraising and grants to resident application and management. Join us in this two-day seminar to learn what it takes to make Eden Village a reality in your hometown.

Attendance is limited to 40 people and is on a first-come/first-served basis.

Event Information

Conference hours: 9:00am – 4:00pm daily.

Transportation from conference center to tour sites is provided.

Lunch is provided.

Click Here for Special Rates at University Plaza Hotel – Limited Availability!

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Sample Conference Itinerary

Because of the new venue and feedback from previous conferences we are revamping our itinerary referenced below. New details to come.

  • Arrival/Meet & Greet
    9:00 - 9:30am
    University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center
  • Welcome Message
    9:30 - 10am
    Dr. David & Linda Brown, The Gathering Tree Founders
  • Board Shuttles
  • Touring Even Village 1
    10:30 - 11:30am
  • Meet a Resident with Nate Schlueter
    11:30 - 12:00pm
  • Lunch, viewing of "Eden For The Homeless"
    12:00 - 1:00pm
  • What the Heck is a Home Team
    1:00 - 1:30pm
    Kelbi Schleuter, Eden Village 1 Community Coordinator
  • Eden Village 2 Tour, Building Community Through Design
    1:30 - 2:30pm
    Traci Sooter, Director of Design-Build Programs at Drury University/Eden Village Board of Directors
  • Volunteers Make It Happen
    2:30 - 3:00pm
    Cherie Croney, Eden Village 2 Community Coordinator
  • Revive 66 Campground Tour
    3:00 - 4:00pm
    Bronta Chapman, Revive 66 Coordinator
  • Arrive back at 425 and break off for dinner
  • Opportunity to chat with staff over a beer at Hold Fast Brewing Co.
    7:00 - 9:00pm
  • Coffee + Donuts
    University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center
  • The Facts
    9:15 - 10:00am
    Dr. Marnie K. Watson, Professor at Missouri State University Department of Sociology and Anthropology
  • EV from the City's Perspective
    10:00 - 10:45am
    Cora Scott, Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement City of Springfield
  • Housing as Health Care
    10:45 - 11:30am
    Dr. Thomas Dalton, EV Wilmington Founder
  • Out of the Box Creativity
    11:30 - 12:00pm
    Michelle Garand, Vice President, Affordable Housing and Homeless Prevention
  • Lunch, Village Home Builders booth will be setup for inquires
    12:00 - 12:30pm
  • Bridging the Gap
    12:30 - 1:30pm
    Stephanie Appleby, Executive Director of NAMI Southwest Missouri
  • Key Concepts and Strategies
    1:30 - 2:00pm
    Nate Schlueter
  • Why Eden Village
    2:00 - 2:30pm
    Shawn Hayes, Executive Director of EV Wilmington
  • Bringing EV to Your City
    2:30 - 3:30pm
    Nate Schlueter
  • Q&A Panel
    3:30 - 4:00pm
    Speakers and EV staff
  • Break. Rest. Nap. Stretch.
    4:00 - 6:00pm
  • Optional Mixer at Gailey's
    6:00 - 8:00pm
    220 E. Walnut
    Speakers, Springfield Board of Directors and Staff
  • Optional send off with coffee + donuts, Final Questions
    8:00 - 11:00am
    3155 W. Brower, EV2


University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center

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