LEE COUNTY LEADERSHIP RETURNS FOR 2015-16 – Emerging Leaders Needed for Program

Written by Theresa Rose on August 6, 2015

The Lee County Leadership Program is requesting applications for emerging leaders to participate in the class of 2016. The program will train accepted applicants in community-based leadership skills. Throughout the process, participants will use their learned skills to implement projects for the better of the communities in Lee County. Classes and events will occur September 2015 through April 2016 at various locations within Lee County. The Lee County Leadership Program is a partnership between the Fort Madison Area Chamber of Commerce, Keokuk Area Chamber of Commerce and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

The Lee County Leadership Program will utilize researched-based leadership curriculum from ISU Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development. The class of 2016 will improve on four core leadership skill sets including understanding community leadership and your community, identifying issues and framing ideas, building social capital, and mobilizing resources for community action.

Class sessions will rotate around the various communities in Lee County and will also include local speakers that provide examples of leadership. Both rural areas and towns will be showcased. In addition to building skills and implementing community projects, the class of 2016 will attend the Iowa Legislature’s Great River Region Days in Des Moines to network with government officials and lobby on behalf of Southeast Iowa.

“After a few years hiatus, our partnering organizations are happy to bring back this prestigious program to both train and showcase Lee County’s leaders of tomorrow,” said Alex Merk, ISU Extension and Outreach of Lee County. “It is the goal of our program to bring the right emerging leaders together to create positive change in Lee County. We know the potential is there, and we are excited to witness the process of building these leaders.”

The full class schedule and applications are available on sponsor websites at www.fortmadison.com, www.keokukchamber.com, and www.extension.iastate.edu/lee. Space is limited, and members of the class of 2016 will be chosen based on leadership potential. Consent from the participant’s employer is required.

Tuition is $625 for members of the Fort Madison Area Chamber of Commerce or Keokuk Area Chamber of Commerce, and $850 for all other participants. Tuition includes accommodations for Great River Region Days in Des Moines. Applications are due by August 14 and the class of 2016 will be announced the week of August 21.

The Lee County Leadership Program is a partnership between the Fort Madison Area Chamber of Commerce, Keokuk Area Chamber of Commerce and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. It is also supported by a steering committee with representatives from the Lee County Health Department, Fort Madison Partners, Lee County Charitable Fund, Keokuk Area Community Foundation, and Southeastern Community College.