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Communities of Excellence 2026, Tapp Network, and PMG Consulting Join Forces to Address the Social Determinants of Health Through Digital Transformation and the Baldrige-based Communities of Excellence Framework.
St Joseph, MO, November 1, 2023 – Communities of Excellence 2026 (COE) is proud to announce its strategic partnerships with Tapp Network and PMG Consulting, advancing its mission to improve the quality of life for our nation’s residents by assisting communities to adopt the Baldrige-based Communities of Excellence Framework. In July 2022 the US Congress authorized the addition of "Community" as the 7th Category of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards, further validating the importance of this framework and a systems approach to community transformation. The partnership with Tapp and PMG further enhances COE’s commitment to addressing key foundational issues such as educational attainment, job creation, safety, and health status through digital transformation and strategic community planning to ensure that every person in America has the opportunity to live their best life in communities that are thriving.
Leveraging Tapp Network's expertise in digital communications and data-driven community impact, COE will incorporate marketing-technology solutions into its offerings. TAPP Network has supported over 1,000 organizations worldwide addressing society’s most pressing challenges through digital transformation and has been trusted by statewide government bodies such as the Departments of Health, Labor, Education and the US Census.
PMG Consulting, led by CEO Peggy Geisler, will provide COE members with strategic guidance. PMG Consulting, a consultancy firm specializing in community development and organizational strategy, offers a wealth of experience, having led significant community-wide projects addressing literacy, the opioid epidemic, health equity, and workforce development. PMG will offer COE members tailored services, including strategic planning, resource development planning, leadership design and coaching, and communications planning.
Stephanie Norling, Executive Director of Communities of Excellence 2026, said, "We are thrilled to announce our strategic partnerships with Tapp Network and PMG Consulting. These alliances, built on demonstrated success and innovative solutions, will considerably augment our capacity to serve our communities. Together, we will catalyze positive change and foster the creation of vibrant, thriving communities and equitable outcomes for all residents." Norling prompts all communities to step forward, and join their peers to leverage this collaboration, and together, shape a future where every community can truly thrive, enhancing the quality of life for all residents by visiting: https://communitiesofexcellence2026.org/tapp.html and applying for a complimentary community consultation.
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Stephanie Norling, Executive Director
About Communities of Excellence 2026:
Communities of Excellence 2026 (COE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to fostering community excellence through a collaborative learning approach. By providing training on the Baldrige-based Communities of Excellence Framework, a holistic tool to evaluate and improve overall community performance, COE enables communities to learn from each other and share their successes, challenges, and best practices. Currently, COE impacts 32 communities across 15 states and hosts 25 communities in its National Learning Collaborative. www.communitiesofexcellence2026.org
About Tapp Network:
Tapp Network is a technology company committed to driving community engagement and social impact. Their advanced digital solutions, including Web & Mobile App Development, Large-Scale Systems Integration, Managed Data, Services, and Integrated Marketing & Communications empower communities to connect, engage, and drive positive change. www.TappNetwork.com
About PMG Consulting:
PMG Consulting is a renowned consultancy firm specializing in community development and organizational strategy. PMG Consulting supports communities in implementing effective strategies and achieving sustainable growth, enabling them to create thriving and resilient environments for their residents. www.pmgconsulting.net