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Next crop of leaders sought

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

People who expect to become leaders in Park City might be interested in the ongoing ‘Leadership Park City’ program, which is now seeking applications.

The annual program, entering its 13th year, is widely seen as a successful training ground that has graduated many people who now are in the government, run non-profits and are business leaders.

Leadership Park City essentially exposes the participants to an array of issues that the Park City area faces. The class members typically hear from leaders and then talk about the issues with them.

"Park City continues to be a changing and dynamic community. New issues are coming to the surface all the time," says Lisa Ward, the co-director of the program with City Hall’s Public Affairs director, Myles Rademan, and a mid-1990s graduate of Leadership Park City.

Ward says that Leadership Park City seeks a diverse class and says that people who graduate usually leave the program with the self-confidence to work toward accomplishments.

She notes that graduates include people like Mayor Dana Williams, City Councilors Joe Kernan and Candy Erickson and Meeche White, who is the head of the National Ability Center, a non-profit dedicated to assisting disabled athletes.

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They are among scores of graduates who went on to become prominent members of the community.

The next class starts with an orientation on Oct. 8 and then generally meets once a month, normally on a Monday. The monthly sessions last from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. and topics that Leadership Park City plans to cover include diversity, the local economy and the Park City and Summit County governments.

Some planned highlights during the next class include a daylong visit to the Statehouse, scheduled for Jan. 22, the Leadership 101 program, which typically includes remarks from government leaders, on Feb. 14 and the annual city tour, scheduled Sept. 5-9.

During the city tour, the Leadership Park City class and a group of government, non-profit and businesspeople visit other resort communities in the West to learn about the issues in the other destinations. This year, the trip is scheduled to the Reno-Lake Tahoe area of Nevada and California. Next year’s will not be planned until 2007.

The organizers require that people attend at least 80 percent of the events to graduate. People selected will be awarded a scholarship that pays for the costs.

Up to 25 people will be picked for the next class, the same as previous years. A selection committee makes the decisions. People who apply will be judged on criteria like their interest in Park City, desires to be leaders and the chance that they will stay in Park City for at least three years.

People who live or work within the boundaries of the Park City School District are eligible but the organizers also seek people from outlying Summit County. There is not an age limit.

More than 350 people have graduated from the program, according to the organizers, and past Leadership Park City classes have pressed issues like green building, wind power and creating a community safe for walkers and bicyclists.

"Each class feels a sense of identity," Ward says.

Applications are available on the Internet at http://www.parkcity.org, City Hall’s Web site, where the link is located on the front page.

For more information, call Ward at 645-7206 or Rademan at 615-5200 or visit the Web site.

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