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Crash course in issues planned

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

Forty-five minutes from the Summit County Commission. Another 45 from Mayor Dana Williams. Followed by hours of listening to presentations about development, not-for-profit organizations, the schools and tourism.

It probably does not sound invigorating to lots of people, but next week Leadership Park City presents its annual ‘Leadership 101’ seminar, a daylong event created to teach people how things happen in the community and who some of the players are.

The tenth edition of Leadership 101 is scheduled on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at The Yarrow. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and the event is scheduled to end at 5 p.m., with lunch and breaks planned between the speakers.

"There’s some people who are just interested in this stuff," says Myles Rademan, City Hall’s Public Affairs director, who organized the event and plans to speak about Park City’s history at the start of the session. "They like to hear directly from some of the players."

Rademan says people from the area who do not regularly follow the government could learn and Leadership 101 could assist workers like hotel front-desk clerks, who he says should have some information about the community.

Williams plans to deliver what he calls a "state of the city" address, including points about affordable housing and the talks regarding the potential of an Air Force hotel. There has been movement on both issues in recent weeks.

"It’s a pretty good lineup. Someone can get a snapshot of what’s happening," the mayor says, adding that he intends to discuss strategies to make Park City less stressful on the environment, or what is known as a ‘sustainable’ community, one of his goals.

Others who are scheduled to present during Leadership 101 include City Hall and Summit County planners, Bill Malone, who leads the Park City Chamber/Bureau, Tom Van Gorder, the acting Park City School District superintendent, and Colin Hilton, who helms the Utah Athletic Foundation.

A forum for not-for-profits, including Mountain Trails Foundation, the Kimball Art Center and Recycle Utah, is slated for the end of the program.

Rademan says he expects the planners to bring maps showing where development is slated and he says the maps will probably surprise people. He says lots of Parkites are unaware that there are projects that have already been approved but are not yet built, such as at The Canyons. The County Commissioners, he predicts, will talk about efforts to change the county’s form of government and County Courthouse priorities.

Leadership 101 costs $25, which pays for lunch and snacks. The organizers prefer people register early but they can sign up at the start of the event. People should call ReNae Rezac at City Hall, 615-5201, or e-mail her at renae@parkcity.org to register.

Rademan says attendance at Leadership 101 tops out at about 90 and the event has drawn as few as 50 people some years. He acknowledges that Leadership 101 is an intensive day of speakers and issues.

"Most people come out with their heads spinning," he says.


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