The overarching mission of this organization is to create a higher quality of life, stronger business environment and greater economic opportunity in the Brookfield area by merging the efforts and resources of the major community/economic development partners together into a seamless network. We find strength in networking and approach community/economic development from a “big picture” perspective.


In 1994 the Brookfield Community Development Committee was established, the mission of this organization was to promote community/economic development in Brookfield and to increase community involvement by organizing and coordinating the efforts of Brookfield’s community groups, as well as individuals. In 1997 the group incorporated and obtained a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit status changing their name to the Brookfield Community Betterment Inc. (BCBI). Following the devastating loss of a major employer the BCBI, IDA, City of Brookfield and group of leaders actively supported and participated in leading an in-depth community assessment and planning. The end result pointed out the necessity of a new community economic development approach with increased stakeholder involvement. To answer the call to serve this approach, the organization again reorganized, forming what is now the Brookfield Area Growth Partnership, also known as the BAGP or Partnership.


The Partnership is a collaborative team of community stakeholders, is represented on its board of directors by the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce, Main Street-Brookfield, Pershing Health System, Brookfield RIII School District, City of Brookfield and North Central Missouri YMCA, along with leaders from local lending institutions, businesses and youth.

In addition to a very engaged board of directors, the organization is supported by many volunteers serving on several working committees: Leadership, Alumni, Main Street Brookfield and the newly formed Early Childcare Committee. Comprised of approximately 40 dedicated members and volunteers, they meet regularly to manage the grassroots oversight of the organization and their respective committees.


  • Leadership Development Academy – 18 years strong
  • Main Street Brookfield – Organize and Support
  • Highway 36 Way of America Genius – Tourism
  • BHS Alumni Association
  • Great Northwest Day at the Capitol
  • Linn County Certified Work Ready Community
  • Invitation to Come Home – Mailboxes to Graduating Seniors
  • Early Childcare


  • One-Stop-Shop, Brookfield Commerce Center
  • Community Visioning
  • DREAM Strategic Plan for Downtown
  • Oval Civil War Soldier Memorial – Restoration
  • Twin Parks Revitalization
    • Walk of Hero’s
    • Pavilion
    • Play Ground
    • Sidewalks, lights, benches and landscaping
  • BHS Alumni Weekend and Parade
  • Downtown Christmas Lights and Ceremony
  • Downtown Flowers and clean-up
  • Highway 36 Visitors Guide
  • Hundreds of thousands in local grants
  • Leading volunteerism in Brookfield
  • Community Awards


Nile Thudium – President
Amy Pulliam – Vice President
Becky Cleveland – Treasurer
Beth Roby– Secretary
Donna Hulett – Main Street-Brookfield
Carey Smith – Brookfield R-III
Collin Thudium – Pershing Memorial Hospital
Vicki Burns – North Central Missouri YMCA
Dana Tarpening – City of Brookfield
Autumn Beal – Chamber of Commerce