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Park City program grooms future leaders

Yearlong class offers insights into area institutions

by Jay Hamburger
The annual Leadership Park City program spends a day at the Capitol learning about the state government as part of a diverse class schedule that also includes insights into local government, the business community and not-for-profit organizations.
Courtesy of Myles Rademan

A new roster of leaders will soon be named, but they have nothing to do with Election 2017 in Park City.

Leadership Park City, a program that prepares people to take on broader roles in the community, is readying its 24th year. Applications for the yearlong program are due by midnight on Saturday.

The program was launched in the 1990s, at a time of fast growth in Park City and surrounding Summit County. Graduates of Leadership Park City later were elected to political office, appointed as executives at not-for-profit organizations or became known in business circles. Many graduates have credited Leadership Park City for their desire to become involved in the community. Three of Park City’s six elected officials and three of the five members of the Summit County Council are graduates.

“The relevancy comes from the fact people still want to lead in our community,” said Myles Rademan, the founder and director of Leadership Park City. “People still want to learn about the community.”

The Leadership Park City program involves monthly sessions focused on a civic topic. High-powered local leaders typically speak to the class during the sessions. A class project is also undertaken stressing an issue of importance to the Park City area, such as raising funds for the City Hall acquisition of Bonanza Flat for conservation purposes.

Some of the classes in the upcoming Leadership Park City schedule include a day at the state Capitol, a panel with business and not-for-profit leaders, an introduction to the inner workings of City Hall and the County Courthouse and the importance of diversity and inclusive leadership. The Leadership Park City class also attends the annual City Tour to other communities in the region, scheduled in early September of 2018.

Leadership Park City is open to anyone who lives or works in greater Park City. People selected for the program receive a scholarship valued at more than $3,000 to cover the costs. The City Tour, though, is not covered in the scholarship and typically costs approximately $800.

Someone must attend all but one or two of the sessions to graduate. The monthly sessions usually are scheduled on the second or third Monday of a month from 3 p.m. until p.m. There are a variety of other events as well, such as a day at the National Ability Center ropes course and the day at the Capitol.

Thirty spots are available in a Leadership Park City class. The program typically receives up to 120 applications annually. A selection committee made primarily of Leadership Park City graduates will pick the class.

More information, the schedule and applications are available on the Park City municipal website, Select ‘Leadership Park City applications due August 26th’ in the Latest News section on the front page.

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