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News Community Eight-week program designed to develop effective community leaders for Macon County

Southwestern Community College is partnering with the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce and Macon County EDC to present Leadership Macon.

“The class will educate emerging leaders about issues facing the county and provide leadership development opportunities while building strong relationships for class members,” said Sonja Haynes, executive director of Southwestern’s Foundation and Small Business Center.

Haynes said Leadership Macon is devoted to preparing an active network of informed, concerned community trustees to help shape the future of Macon County. The initial meeting will be held Feb. 1, with the eighth-month program running from March through October. On the average, members will meet once a month.

The class will be selected from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, according to Haynes, who said that diversity helps increase an overall understanding of countywide issues.

Haynes said she expects the class to begin with an overnight retreat. “At the retreat we’ll discover participant leadership styles, develop team spirit and leave with an excited commitment to help Macon County grow.”

Members will experience firsthand the current issues facing the county, said Haynes. “Throughout the process members will collaborate with community leaders through networking, partnering and education.” The goal is to develop strong and effective community leaders.”

Those who would like to participate, or to nominate someone, can contact Haynes at (828)339-4218.


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