CCS Program at a Glance

In the past 12 years, the Center for Community Studies has completed:

  • 54 community projects
  • 34 communities were served
  • 32 of the 54 community projects were in collaboration with the University of Missouri-Extension
  • 19 counties in Missouri were served
  • 21 of the community projects were within the City of Springfield, Missouri
  • 4 of the community projects were for Drury University
  • 8 of the community projects were for the West Central Missouri Community Action Agency
  • 6 of the community projects were funded using ARRA stimulus money
  • 5 of the communities were selected by the State of Missouri as a D.R.E.A.M. Initiative Designated Community
  • 3 of the community projects were funded by Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC)
  • 2 of the community projects were for the City of Warsaw, Missouri
  • 2 of the community projects were for the City of Carthage, Missouri
  • 1 Project was for Pratt Institute in New York City
  • Total studio project support received from the community’s to date = $236,990
  • The five D.R.E.A.M. Initiative Communities each received from $3-5 million . . . ($15-25 million in community capacity)

Value to the Communities

During the past 12 years, approximately 380 students have gone through the Center for Community Studies’ Community Studio.  Assuming that throughout the course of the semester each student averaged 20 hour per week on the project that would equate to:

  • 380 students x 20 hours per week x 15 weeks per semester or 114,000 student hours (and this figure is low) 114,000 hours and the minimum wage of $7.25 per hour equals a benefit to the communities within the State of Missouri of $826,500. If we calculate the 114,000 hours at an intern architect rate of $50 per hour that equates to a benefit of $5,700,000.

Another way of assessing the benefit to the communities served is by looking at the monies received by the communities because of the visioning assistance from the Center for Community Studies.  This is harder to calculate completely, but an indication can be determined by looking at six communities:

  • The five D.R.E.A.M. Initiative Designated Communities will ultimately receive anywhere from $3-5 million each from the State of Missouri
  • Randy Pogue, Warsaw’s City Manager, has received $10-14 million in grants because of the involvement with the CCS
  • Therefore, the total amount received by the CCS of $236,990 has/will generate anywhere from $25-39 million worth of design, planning and construction services in just these six communities.
  • That does not include the benefits to the other 48 communities served.