Apply for Leadership Martin County

Apply now for Leadership Martin County!

Leadership Martin County is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 season. This program was designed to enable candidates to learn about Martin County resources, values, strengths, weaknesses and challenges. The program is intended to strengthen candidate knowledge and understanding of our community, its assets, complexities and potential. It aims to develop leadership skills through classroom instruction, interactive exercises and small group discussion.

A series of topical seminars are held over a nine-month period and conducted by local and regional professionals. Area leaders volunteer their time to raise awareness of the assets and opportunities in our community by providing an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at eight key elements of our community. These elements consist of Education, Economic Development, Government, Healthcare, Public Safety, Quality of Life, Agriculture and Culture & Diversity.

The program provides the opportunity for candidates to exchange ideas with each other and with current community leaders, to build networks and to begin the process of identifying and solving important community issues. Peggy Young, Business Consultant with Riverland Community College’s Training and Development Department, will nurture leadership development by leading discussions that integrate community information through dialogue, interactive exercise and small group discussion.

Candidates are selected from a pool of individuals identified as current or prospective leaders in Martin County. Candidates are drawn from every corner of the professional community including business, industry, education, public and private agencies, civic groups and non-profit. The cost of tuition is $650 per candidate and is payable at the time a participant is accepted to candidacy. Scholarship opportunities are available but class sizes are limited.

Monthly sessions take place on the first Wednesday of each month from September through May. Leadership Martin County requires a serious commitment of time and energy from enrolled candidates as sessions occupy a full day each month. Attendance at the work sessions and all day program meetings is imperative. Class participants are expected to attend all sessions except in the case of extreme emergency or illness.

The 2018-2019 season of Leadership Martin County begins in September 2018.  Applications are available HERE. Please contact the Fairmont Area Chamber by phone at 507-235-5547 or by email at with any questions regarding this program or your application.

Applications must be submitted to the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce by July 31, 2018.