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The annual Leadership Park City training program is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 class, its 21st. The application deadline is Aug. 22. The class will be picked Sept. 22 with notifications two days later.
Leadership Park City introduces class members to a range of people and issues. The organizers typically schedule a roster of high-powered speakers from local politics, businesses and the not-for-profit sector. The class members learn the details of the mechanics of Park City and the surrounding area.
"Everywhere you look, there’s somebody who’s served on it," said Myles Rademan, the Leadership Park City director and a figure in the program since its start.
Approximately 550 people have graduated from Leadership Park City. Many of them later went on to serve in elected or appointed government positions or pursued successful business, not-for-profit or activism careers. Of Park City’s six elected officials, two — City Councilor Cindy Matsumoto and City Councilor Liza Simpson — are graduates. Former three-term Mayor Dana Williams completed Leadership Park City prior to his election.
Leadership Park City is open to anyone who lives or works in Park City, Summit County or Wasatch County. The organizers encourage people with a diverse background to apply.
The 21st Leadership Park City class starts on Oct. 9 with a welcoming reception followed by an Oct. 12 orientation and an Oct. 14 ropes course at the National Ability Center. The regular Leadership Park City sessions, held on Mondays, start Nov. 17 with an overview of the Park City and Summit County governments.
Other topics that will be covered include diversity training, the Park City economy, managing change and ethical leadership, according to a schedule for the next Leadership Park City class. The schedule also includes a Jan. 26 day at the Capitol and the Leadership 101 seminar on Feb. 4. The monthly sessions last from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. while other sessions, such as the ropes course and the visit to the Capitol, are all day. Leadership Park City members also participate in the City Tour to other destinations in the region.
Leadership Park City class members receive a scholarship to cover the costs of the program. They must pay for the City Tour, however. It costs approximately $750. Assistance is available if it is needed for the City Tour.
Each Leadership Park City class, meanwhile, selects a project. The current class is publishing a book for children focused on Park City issues, Rademan said. The projects have covered a diverse set of topics over the years, including adopting an anti-bullying message and pressing people not to use plastic bags.
More information and applications are available on the City Hall website, http://www.parkcity.org. Select the ‘Leadership Park City Accepting Applications’ link in the News section of the front page of the website.
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