Annual chance to learn about leadership in Park City nears
June 23, 2015
Not all of the future leaders of Park City will be on the City Hall ballot later this year.
Leadership Park City, preparing for its 22nd year, is seeking people who want to learn about the mechanics of the community over the course of a 12-month program. Applications will be accepted through Aug. 21.
Leadership Park City, launched as the city was in the midst of an extraordinary period of growth in the 1990s, attempts to prepare participants to take on roles of greater importance in Park City.
The class, which generally meets once a month with special events adding to the schedule, covers a wide variety of issues as they listen to a roster of notable speakers from the ranks of the government, business and not-for-profit worlds.
"The word has spread this is a good program, worthwhile," said Myles Rademan, the director and one of the important figures in Leadership Park City’s growth over the 22 years.
More than 550 people have graduated from the program. Two of the current slate of Park City’s elected officials — City Councilors Liza Simpson and Cindy Matsumoto — completed the program. There have been numerous other graduates who served in elected or appointed office in Park City, including the former three-term mayor, Dana Williams.
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The next Leadership Park City class starts with a welcoming reception on Oct. 8 followed by an orientation three days later. A ropes course at the National Ability Center, slated for Oct. 13, comes before the issue-oriented sessions that start in January.
Some of the sessions include: a day at the state Capitol, set for Jan. 25, a business panel, scheduled Feb. 8, and a discussion about ethical leadership planned on June 20. The program ends for the 22nd class on Oct. 6, 2016.
Each Leadership Park City class also chooses a project centered on a broad issue the community faces. Past classes have addressed topics like civility, water conservation, trails and the environmental impact of plastic bags.
"They’ve been ahead of the curve," Rademan said.
Members of the Leadership Park City class also travel on the annual City Tour to other communities in the region. The five-day trip is scheduled each September.
A 25-member selection committee names most of the members of each class. Thirty adults and at least two students, picked by the Interact Club at Park City High School, are selected for each class. Each person selected receives a scholarship valued at $2,500 to offset the costs. The City Tour, costing approximately $750, is not included in the scholarship, though.
Someone must live or work in Greater Park City — Park City, Summit County and Wasatch County — to be eligible.
More information and Leadership Park City applications are available on City Hall’s website,http://www.parkcity.org . Select the ‘Leadership Park City’ link in the News section of the front page.