The annual Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest encourages the nation’s high school students to experience great poetry through participating in a dynamic nationwide recitation competition. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Missouri has participated in Poetry Out Loud every year since the program was founded in 2006 by the Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
Provides lower-interest financing for certain types of projects.
Property Assessed Clean Energy or PACE programs, allow local government entities to raise money through the issuance of bonds or other sources of capital to fund energy efficiency and renewable energy projects to eligible property owners. Through the creation of financing districts, property owners can finance renewable onsite generation installations and energy efficiency improvements through a voluntary assessment on their property tax bills that is repaid over a period up to 20 years.
Provides local governments individually structured, tax-exempt revenue bonds to make improvements to public buildings such as police and fire departments, jails, water systems, streets, utilities or to acquire land, demolish buildings, or redevelop a blighted area.