APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THE 2013-14 LEADERSHIP CENTRAL KY CLASS HAS PASSED
Leadership Central Kentucky is a program to: educate and inform individuals on issues and opportunities for all of our region’s communities; create awareness and understanding of how each county’s actions affect the others; and to help foster a regional vision for the Bluegrass. Its vision seeks to build a network of committed, informed and progressive citizens connected across institutions and county lines. These leaders of the new century embrace and embody the philosophy that our region will realize
its highest potential through working together.
The Leadership Central Kentucky Board seeks to identify those individuals most likely to utilize their regional leadership abilities for a long-term benefit. Applicants must either work or live in any of the following eight counties: Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Jessamine, Madison, Scott, and Woodford. Approximately twenty-four individuals will be selected to participate in the program. These leaders and potential leaders will be active in business, education, the arts, religion, government, community-based
organization. Attention is taken to reflect the diversity of the Bluegrass Region’s communities.
Participants will be chosen by the Leadership Central Kentucky Board based upon the information completed on the application. They will be seeking a diverse class, professionally, geographically, ethnically and gender-wise. Preference will be given to individuals who have successfully completed a local leadership program.
A mandatory Orientation kicks the program off the third Thursday and Friday in August and thereafter, the third Wednesday September through May, class members travel to one county per month with a focus on community and regional topics such as transportation, education, economic development, quality of life, public advocacy, and agri-tourism, . These topics are covered by knowledgeable speakers and panels, tours, interactive exercises and class discussions.
Sessions will last an average of eight hours between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Sessions will be located throughout the region. Times and locations will be sent prior to sessions. Participant is responsible for their own transportation to the county. Once in the county, bus transportation is provided between venues. Any participant missing more than two regular full day sessions, in half-day increments, will not graduate from the program
Tuition for Leadership Central Kentucky is $600, payable no later than August 5, 2013. A limited number of partial scholarships are available. If financial assistance is sought please attach a letter officially requesting a scholarship and stating your reasons. The scholarship request must accompany the completed application to be considered. Requests for scholarship assistance are completely confidential. (Note: no full scholarships are awarded.)
• Broaden perspectives and understanding of the Bluegrass Region
• Meet local, regional and state leaders
• Develop and expand network of contacts
• Visit county sites and facilities
• Gain exposure to both current county and regional issues and developments
• Build friendships and working relationships with class members
LEADERSHIP CENTRAL KENTUCKY ALUMNI (coming soon)
2013-14 Class Presented By
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.
Leadership Central Kentucky Visits Fayette County
Article by Brandon Moore, Georgetown College
Great American cities are built on a strong foundation of service and quality of life that contribute to the success of the surrounding region. At the heart of vitality in the Bluegrass Region is Lexington-Fayette County and the wealth of resources it provides as a hub of stability and growth.
Social and medical services that provide care for those in need are at the core of the region’s stability. Innovative health care institutions, like Cardinal Hill, touch the lives of individuals who need physical and cognitive rehabilitation. A new, welcoming space at Eastern State Hospital provides space for mental health care. Some of the region’s most vulnerable residents receive advocacy from the Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency of the Bluegrass. These and other services provide regional stability by helping individuals in need.
Building on this stability, Lexington thrives on creative opportunities, cultural events and innovative business ventures. Places like Natasha’s Bistro & Bar and the historic Kentucky Theatre are a cultural hub of the city, providing events every night of the week. The Bread Box just north of downtown captures the spirit of innovation and creativity by adaptively re-using a bread factory to launch West Sixth Brewery and provide space for other entrepreneurial and socially-minded businesses.
Today’s investment in health care and initiatives for the under-served make for a more stable region, while cultural opportunities business innovation promote a quality of life that benefits not only Lexington and Fayette County, but the entire Bluegrass region - both now and for future generations.