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Leadership Red Rock Class Graduates

Leadership Red Rock Class Graduates

Leadership Red Rock is a 7-session program to train local leaders in adressing the challenges and opportunities which face our area.  Class members are provided networking opportunities.  Participants must complete an application to participate in this program and attend these sessions.  Below is a tentative schedule for this year's program:

SESSION 1:  QUALITIES OF LEADERSHIP
Tuesday, October 23                   5:30-8:30 p.m.  Pella
This session provides participants with insights into their own personal leadership style and attributes.  This knowledge helps them to better work in teams of diverse personalities.   We also discuss effective communications, efficient meetings and work-life balance.  

SESSION 2:  BUSINESS & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Tuesday, November 20 5:30-8:30 p.m. TBD
What are the forces driving the region’s economy?  Learn about major sectors within the region and how businesses impact the economy of local communities.  What is TIF?  You will also be provided insight into items that are made here and the process for starting a business. 

SESSION 3:   GOVERNMENT & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Thursday, December 13 5:30-8:30 p.m. Knoxville
Where do your tax dollars go?  This session will explore the roles of city and county governments.  We will discuss important issues facing local government and enhance your knowledge of public services.  Participants will learn about community foundations and community planning.

SESSION 4:  WORKFORCE & EDUCATION
Thursday, January 17 5:30-8:30 p.m. Pella
Sponsor:  DMACC Business Resources
Discover critical workforce needs in the region and efforts working to up-skill area workers.  How do educators work to prepare students for the workforce?  We will also examine early childhood
resources, daycare needs and education issues surrounding student preparation.

SESSION 5:  TOURISM
Sponsor:  Pella Convention & Visitors Bureau
Thursday, February 21 5:30-8:30 p.m. Knoxville
Learn about the over $50 million annual impact tourism plays in Marion County.  Class members will gain a better understanding of promotional efforts, A to Z Foodie Trail and needs for volunteers. 

SESSION 6:  SOCIAL SERVICES & HEALTH
Tuesday, March 26                  5:30-8:30 p.m. Pella
Learn how area organizations are meeting the needs of low income residents, special needs residents and senior citizens.  We will learn about efforts to address drug addiction and build mentoring
relationships for youth.

SESSION 7:  GRADUATION
Tuesday, April 16 7-8:30 p.m. Pella
The graduation program will include keynote speakers and recognition of class members.  We will share information about volunteerism and community leadership opportunities.

In case of bad weather that forces us to cancel a session, the session will not be rescheduled. 
Instead, participants will be invited to the next year’s session on that topic.