Leadership in the Valley 2019-20 Application
Application deadline is May 15th (postmark deadline)

MISSION: To engage local leaders to invest in their community by embracing our history, community affairs, and current challenges to enrich life in the valley, make our communities stronger and enhance personal leadership skills.
The program gives participants the opportunity to better understand our community and to prepare for the challenges it faces by meeting with and learning from today’s leaders. Leadership in the Valley is an educational opportunity that broadens perspectives and allows participants to gain increased understanding of community dynamics and public issues. The makeup of each year’s class is intended to reflect the ethnic and cultural diversity of our community.

ELIGIBILITY: Residents who live or individuals who work in the St. Croix Valley area are eligible to apply for Leadership in the Valley. Applications are available March 1st and must be received by the deadline: May 15th (postmark deadline).

STRUCTURE: Leadership in the Valley is a nine-month program from September through May. Classes meet in different locations around the community each month exploring a major topic covered by knowledgeable speakers and panels, tours, group activities, demonstrations and class discussions. Topics addressed include community and the arts, government, agriculture and environment, education, diversity, public safety-law, economic development/business, health and human services, and leadership development. At the end of the Leadership in the Valley program year, a graduation ceremony and dinner will be held in recognition of the class. With 2019-2020 being an inaugural year, the 2020 class will be the first alumni out of the program and will be charter members of the Leadership in the Valley Alumni Association.

ATTENDANCE: Leadership in the Valley requires a strict time commitment. Class members must attend a minimum of 80 percent of all sessions and participate in a community project with classmates. The class will break into smaller groups to work together on a community project which will take additional time outside of the class sessions. This is a requirement to graduate from the program. The community projects serve as a crucible where class members will practice and apply leadership skills in a small-group experience, work with community leaders, gain an in-depth understanding of a community organization and/or community need, and make a positive difference in the lives of others. Project work is done outside of regular day session meetings. Meeting times and locations are determined by project group members.

COST: A $25.00 non-refundable application fee is due when this application is submitted. The tuition fee for Leadership in the Valley is $1,195 for non-Chamber members and $995 for Chamber members, which covers all costs for orientation meals, materials, supplies and supplemental transportation throughout the year. The fee may be paid by the participant and/or their business firm or organization. Payment must be received by August 1, 2019, to participate in the program.

Leadership in the Valley allows participants to:
• Gain exposure to current issues and developments
• Visit local sites and facilities
• Meet local and regional leaders
• Develop and expand network of contacts
• Broaden perspectives and understanding
• Build friendships and working relationships with class members
• Give back to the community through participation in group project
• Bring together people who welcome the opportunity to expand their involvement in community affairs and are willing
to explore new leadership responsibilities in the valley
• Enhance and grow leadership skills and form beneficial professional relationships
• Stimulate an understanding of the forces and trends affecting the development of the community
• Increase knowledge of, and commitment to, the greater Stillwater area (the Valley)

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