The steering committee for the Leadership LEAP program, which includes Estill, Jackson, Lee & Powell Counties are looking for participants for the 2019 program year. This program began with Estill County alone in 2010 and quickly grew to include four counties in a regional effort. To the surprise and delight of the steering committee, the amount of collaboration and sharing among our four counties has far surpassed anyone’s best expectations. In addition, our contributing sponsors and partners have been overwhelmingly supportive in making this program a success.
Leadership LEAP is a year-long commitment by the participants in which they come together once a month around a different topic and in a different community. Topics cover economic development, healthcare, tourism, law enforcement/drug abuse prevention, education, government, leadership skills and team building. Participants are held to a strict attendance policy, which is a typical practice among leadership programs across the state and nation. This policy is in place to enhance the camaraderie of the class and to protect the integrity of the program.
The purpose of the Leadership Program is to expand the network of potential future leaders in our communities; enhance the participants’ knowledge of the structure and operation of local businesses, schools, healthcare providers, government, civic and charitable organizations; introduce the participants to local leaders in each learning sector throughout the counties; foster a better understanding of local issues and develop leadership and team building skills in the participants.
Kentucky’s state motto is “United We Stand, Divided We Fall.” This has never been more true for small rural counties like ours. LEAP is one avenue for the up-and-coming leaders in our region to get together, learn about each other as people and as communities, and to share ideas about how we can all work together to make tomorrow better for us all.
If you are interested in being a participant in this program and you reside or work in Estill, Jackson, Powell, or Lee County please download the application at www.estillcountyky.net/leadership-leap and mail it in as the application directs by February 27th. If you have any questions about the program please call the Estill Development Alliance at (606) 723-2450.
You can also reach out to the Steering Committee. Estill County representatives, Lindsey Rogers (LRogers@WSKVFM.com) Shaye Walker (ShayeWalker@Outlook.com); Jackson County representatives, Tammy Wiggs (TammyWiggs@JacksonEnergy.com), Jeff Bingham (firstname.lastname@example.org); Lee County representatives, Renita Fox (RenitaFox@JacksonEnergy.com), Dedra Brandenburg (email@example.com); Powell County representative, Ethan Moore (ethan@WSKVFM.com).
*denotes participants who intentionally represented more than one county.
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