The meeting, "Seeing the Opportunities in Saline County," is intended to give area leaders an opportunity to work together in shaping the future of Saline County.
This year's event starts with an indoor picnic at 6 p.m. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served.
David Huck, president of the Marshall Lions Club, and Wayne Heuman, president of the Slater Lions Club, will welcome guests to the event at 6 p.m.
Stephen Allegri, mayor of Slater, will follow the welcoming remarks with an overview of Slater.
The speaker, Tracy Greever-Rice, will discuss the demographic and economic trends of Saline County at 6:20 p.m.
The moderator for the program will be Jean Gaddy Wilson, a Marshall Lions Club member.
Local financial leaders will speak at 6:40 p.m., followed by small group sessions at 7 p.m.
The meeting will adjourn at 9 p.m.
This program is open to the public.
Past State of Saline County forums have given county business, government, education and organization leaders a chance to identify the county's assets and key problems or challenges the county faces. Disucssions then focus on exploring possible solutions and directions.
Topics at earlier events included tourism, health care, work force development, agribusiness and quality of life concerns.
The first event in 2005 was hosted at Marshall High School. The second was hosted by Missouri Valley College. And the third was hosted by the city of Marshall.