Leadership Warren County forming class for 2014-15

Leadership Warren County is accepting applications for its 2014-2015 class.

The program is in its eighth year and thus far has helped more than 80 local residents gain in-depth knowledge about the community.

One of the goals of the program is to help young executives, newcomers to the community, and life-long learners become aware of the variety of opportunities, experiences, and activities available in Warren County.

Steering Committee Chair Barbara Tubbs noted that the program shows participants where they can make a difference and arms them with the skills and knowledge necessary to make a positive impact in the community. More than three-quarters of the participants report that they have become involved with volunteer committees and organizations. The benefits to the Warren County community are many and varied.

In addition, participants have undertaken major class projects and feasibility studies.

Notable among these are the Pennsylvania Kinzua Pathways hiking and biking trails; the establishment of the St. Louis Arch model monument, a tribute to local engineering and construction trades; and educational kiosks along the Conewango Creek Watershed.

Projects in the works by recent classes include a mural for the corner of Market Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, a GPS-guided tour of the area, and the River Landing at Warren.

Program Director Gary Lester said, “Every business and organization needs a ‘go-to’ person who knows who the movers and shakers in the community are, what makes the community tick, and where to find important information. Also, everyone is in ‘sales and marketing’ in some sense and it’s good business for a company or organization to promote its employees’ involvement in the community. Add to that the network established within the class and potential mentorships and connections with the speakers, and the value of Leadership Warren County is certainly tremendous.”

Classes meet every other Wednesday afternoon from 1 to 5 pm at the Warren Public Library and feature presenters who are experts on local government, the educational system, natural resources, cultural activities, leadership skills, and more. Also included are tours of the community including local attractions, businesses, and industries.

The program begins Sept. 17 and finishes with a graduation ceremony June 3, 2015. Cost of the program is $1,800 and partial scholarships are available for non-profit agencies, small businesses, and the self-employed.

Information is available on the Leadership Warren County website or by contacting Lester at 757-8449 or glester@atlanticbb.net.