Applications Being Accepted for Leadership Red Rock

The Marion County Development Commission (MCDC) is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 Leadership Red Rock Class.  Leadership Red Rock is a 7-session leadership-training program for professionals in the business, nonprofit, education, service and government sectors.  The Leadership Red Rock program provides participants with connections to current leaders, insight into effective teams, opportunities for meaningful volunteer service, understanding of key issues shaping the area and time for personal reflection.

Leadership Red Rock started in 1993 and has become one of the most respected multi-community rural

leadership programs in Iowa.  The ultimate goal of Leadership Red Rock is to develop a core of informed

leaders qualified to meet the future challenges in growing our economy and enhancing our quality of life.


Over 400 people have completed the program representing a wide array of careers, backgrounds and ages.  New residents find it a useful tool to get connected to the area while longtime residents discover new connections that enhance their careers and personal life.  Seminar sponsors include DMACC Business Resources. 

Application are due by September 20, 2018.  Class sessions are held generally once a month from October to April from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at various locations about the county.  Tuition for the program is $175 per individual or $495 for a team of three participants from the same employer.  Tuition includes 6 meals, seminar materials, speaker fees, tours and a polo shirt.  Some employers are willing to pay for tuition costs as part of their training budget.  To apply, go to or email to receive an application.