Gov. Gary Herbert greets Leslie Welker and the rest of the Leadership Park City class during a class visit to the Capitol. A day at the capitol is one of
Gov. Gary Herbert greets Leslie Welker and the rest of the Leadership Park City class during a class visit to the Capitol. A day at the capitol is one of the highlights of the annual Leadership Park City program. Courtesy of Myles Rademan

Another crop of budding leaders, the twentieth such group, is being sought in the Park City area.

Leadership Park City is preparing to celebrate two decades of readying people to take on wider roles in the community. The yearlong training program combines lectures, field trips and activities in an effort to prepare the participants for top positions in government, the not-for-profit sector and business.

The annual application window is open. They must be submitted by Aug. 23. Leadership Park City accepts 30 people per year. The number of applications, though, typically is more than double the spots in the class, including the nearly 80 people who sought a spot last year. There have been upward of 120 applications in the past, one of the organizers, Myles Rademan, said.

The Leadership Park City class visits the ropes course at the National Ability Center.  The application window for the next class is open until Aug. 23.
The Leadership Park City class visits the ropes course at the National Ability Center. The application window for the next class is open until Aug. 23. Courtesy of Myles Rademan
Many people are not accepted on their first attempt but later applications are, the program has long indicated.

Leadership Park City, started as the area was growing at a fast clip, introduces the participants to a wide-ranging set of topics. They hear from government officials, the business community and not-for-profit groups during the sessions. Field trips include a day at the state Capitol and the five-day City Tour, which takes the Leadership Park City class and others to other communities in the West.

A selection committee will choose the members of the next class on Sept. 11 and orientation scheduled Oct. 13.

Some of the sessions planned for the next Leadership Park City class include:

  • a daylong visit to the Capitol on Jan.

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  • a look at the realities of the economy on Feb. 10

  • media training coupled with managing change on April 14

  • diversity training on May 19

    Each Leadership Park City class undertakes a service project. Past ones have involved reducing the use of plastic bags, promoting wind energy, civility and voter awareness. The class crafts the service project.

    Leadership Park City has produced a roster of government officials over the years -- Mayor Dana Williams, Park City Councilors and County Courthouse leaders, included. The alumni list, numbering approximately 500 people, includes many who have garnered name recognition since their Leadership Park City year.

    Applications ask for reasons why someone wants to participate in Leadership Park City and includes a question about someone's background in education, work and community service. People who live or work in Park City, surrounding Summit County or more outlying areas are eligible. Rademan said people who consider the Park City area an important part of their lives may take part.

    The people who are selected receive scholarships to cover the costs of the program. Participants typically pay for the City Tour, however. This year's tour is expected to cost approximately $700.

    Applications are available on City Hall's website, www.parkcity.org . Select the 'Apply for Leadership Class XX' link in the Events section on the front page of the website. More information is available on the website or by calling ReNae Rezac at City Hall, 615-5201.