Park City looks for the next generation of leaders
The next leaders in the Park City area could prepare themselves for their roles over the upcoming year-plus.
Leadership Park City, a program meant to prepare people to take on more prominent positions in government, business and the not-for-profit sector, is seeking the next class. It will be the 23rd Leadership Park City class. The program was started during the 1990s, a time of rapid growth in the Park City area, as an opportunity to ready people for the challenges of a fast-changing community.
Graduates of the program have gone on to serve in elected and appointed office in Park City and surrounding Summit County, and Leadership Park City has been credited by many in influencing them to serve in positions outside their profession.
“The hope is that when you take this course you stay involved, if you’re not already involved,” said Myles Rademan, the director of Leadership Park City and a longtime figure in the discussions about the growth of the Park City area, also describing the opportunities for networking.
The schedule for the next Leadership Park City class runs from Oct. 6 of 2016 until Oct. 5 of the next year. Sessions are planned on topics like Park City’s economy, the mechanics of local government and various subjects related to the ideal of leadership. Some of the highlights include a day spent at the Capitol learning about state government in January and the Leadership 101 overview event in February.
The Leadership Park City organizers draft a roster of officials from the ranks of City Hall and the County Courthouse to discuss government topics. Other speakers are tapped to address a variety of issues over the course of Leadership Park City. The schedule has remained similar over the years.
“I think a lot of this stuff is almost universal,” Rademan said about the topics the program addresses.
The Leadership Park City class also travels on the annual City Tour to other destinations in the region. The trip this year is headed to the Aspen, Colo., region. The next Leadership Park City class will travel on a City Tour in September 2017. The destination has not been set.
There are more than 600 graduates of Leadership Park City. Three of the six current elected officials in Park City – City Councilors Becca Gerber, Nann Worel and Cindy Matsumoto — are graduates. Kim Carson, a Summit County Councilor, is also a graduate.
A committee made of Leadership Park City graduates selects the class. Rademan said between 80 and 110 people typically apply for a spot. The program accepts 30 people per year. Each member of the class receives a scholarship valued at approximately $2,500 to cover the costs. The individual members, though, pay to attend the City Tour. The trip’s cost runs in the range of $800.
Someone must live or work in the greater Park City area, extending through Park City, Summit County and Wasatch County. A broad standard applies to eligibility that allows someone who spends considerable time in the Park City to be considered.
Applications are due Aug. 27. They are available on the City Hall website, http://www.parkcity.org. Select ‘Now Taking Applications for Leadership Class XXIII’ in the Latest News section on the front page of the site. The direct link is: http://www.leadershipparkcity.org.
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