Investment in Leadership training sure to pay off in future decades
The future of a community depends, to a great extent, on the quality of its leaders and, for the last 12 years, Park City has made a conscious effort to recruit and train citizens interested in guiding the town into the next decades.
The investment has proven worthwhile as many participants in Leadership Park City have gone on to play significant roles in city and county government and at numerous local nonprofit organizations. Right now the program is recruiting applicants for next year’s class.
In previous years, the classes, which meet monthly, have explored a variety of topics from diversity and environmentalism to the mechanics of state and local government. Many influential policy makers have addressed the Leadership classes and, on occasion those sessions have been open to the public.
One of the highlights of the program is an annual field trip to other communities to meet with their leaders and hear how they are handling familiar challenges like affordable housing and transportation.
In past years, the group has visited Jackson, Wyo., Santa Fe, N.M., Bozeman, Mont. and Aspen, Colo. and, in each instance, they have returned with fresh ideas and perspectives.
Participants also visit with city, county and state elected officials to learn how to become effective lobbyists and how legislation is enacted.
The cost of the program is supported by grants from the city, the Park City School District, two local Rotary Clubs among several other businesses and civic groups and every attempt is made to enroll people from diverse parts of the community. For instance, each class includes a high school student in the hope that they will then apply the leadership lessons to their student organizations.
As Park City and the surrounding communities of Summit County continue to grow and the challenges facing those communities become even tougher, finding talented leaders will be of utmost importance. We urge anyone who has considered taking a more active role in shaping the future of their city and neighborhood to consider applying especially those who feel their interests and needs are under-represented among current decision makers. To find out more, log on to http://parkcity.org and click on the Leadership Park City link under "Get Involved."
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