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Scott County Chamber recruiting for 2020 Horizons Leadership Class

Staff Report • Jan 8, 2020 at 3:30 PM

GATE CITY — If you’re looking to grow your leadership skills and learn more about the community, the Scott County Chamber of Commerce invites you to apply for its 2020 Horizons Leadership Class.

Recruitment is now underway for the class, which will begin Feb. 18 and run through May 5. Participants will learn about a variety of topics, including leadership qualities, government, regionalism and economic development.

What are the goals?

The five major goals of the class are:

• To provide a leadership development program for those who are interested in becoming community leaders or who just want to learn more about Scott County.

• To educate potential and current leaders about the many positive aspects of Scott County, as well as aspects that need improvement.

• To increase the pool of volunteers to serve on various boards, committees, government agencies and other community organizations.

• To assist in the enhancement of Scott County’s economic development and growth.

• To promote tourism and the preservation of the county’s heritage while maintaining the quality of life.

What does the class involve?

The class includes a mandatory weekend retreat, one Saturday morning bus tour and one Tuesday daytime utility and healthcare tour. The remaining classes will be held every Tuesday at 6 p.m. through May 5.

Topics include orientation, leadership skills, leadership qualities, community trusteeship, government, regionalism, economic development, county history, tourism, agriculture and education, along with a county bus tour, utility and healthcare tour and project presentations.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the class is $250, which includes the cost of the weekend retreat, materials and food at each session.

Because the chamber believes so strongly in this leadership program, it will cover one half of the cost for the first 12 participants, making their cost $125. A limited number of scholarships are available to cover this cost on a first-come, first-served basis.

How can you apply?

To receive an application for the program, to nominate someone or to get more information, contact the Scott County Chamber of Commerce by phone at (276) 386-6665 or by e-mail at [email protected]

The class is limited to 20 participants, and the deadline for registration is Feb. 10.

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