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Chamber launches leadership academy

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[JAN. 7, 2006]  Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce has announced the creation of the "Logan County Leadership Academy," a 10-week program designed to build leaders in the workplace and the community.

"Skilled leaders are a valuable commodity," said Bobbi Abbott, executive director of the chamber of commerce. "Communities are learning that expanding their leadership talent pool is good business. It's good for industry, it's good for government, and it's good for social services and civic groups."

The academy will propel the "best and brightest stars" in the local work force to an even higher level of success. The vision, knowledge and connections that students gain will open the door to greater opportunities at work, at home and in the community.

The three-hour class will include a civics topic and a leadership component. Students will learn about the Logan County communities, the history, government structures, educational opportunities, health care and housing resources, and community organizations. Leadership training will include "Leadership for All Situations," "Strategic Planning," "Communications," "Effective Meetings" and "Change Management."

Tom Akers, management consultant and trainer with Heartland Community College's Corporate Education Department, will present all leadership courses. Community leaders will conduct the civics portion of the training.

"The new academy will create a pipeline of ‘rising stars' to help meet the demands of local businesses and the community, "said Steve Smith, steering committee chairman, of Illinois American Water. "Years ago, I graduated from a similar institute and found the experience very rewarding.

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"There is definitely something in this for the employers too," he said. "Participants take their new knowledge, expanded network of contacts and additional leadership skills back to the office. Graduates of older, established programs often tell us the experience had a springboard effect on their careers and on their commitment to the employer who supported their participation."

Applicants must have the full approval of the business or organization they represent. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee. Twenty participants will be selected from a cross section of the community. Tuition for the program is $250 for chamber member businesses, $450 for nonmember businesses. A limited number of scholarships may be made available based upon the specific, confidential needs of the participants.

Logan County Leadership Academy is scheduled to kick off its first three-hour session on Jan. 27. For more information please contact the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce by phoning (217) 735-2385 or stopping by 1555 Fifth St.

[Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce news release]


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