Leadership Central Kentucky



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


2013-14 Class Presented By

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.

Leadership Central Kentucky Visits Madison County

Article by Jerian Petry, SpecialCare Hospital Management Corporation
February's class focused on “Community Preparedness,” and Madison County was the host. The group began the day at the Department of Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT), located on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University (EKU). Bob Quick, President/CEO of Commerce Lexington Inc. welcomed the class and discussed the importance of regionalism. He gave several examples and success stories that have resulted from people looking past county lines, working together, and helping each other, such as the Kentucky Blood Center, the D.C. Fly-In, Bluegrass Tomorrow, and Access Loan Program.

It was only fitting that the group would tour and participate in a training simulation while at the DOCJT. David Stone, Program Director, said the DOCJT was created in 1967 to train all of Kentucky's Law Enforcement Officers. There are 429 agencies trained there, and 22,000 students per year. Some of us were able to show off our shooting abilities by participating in a computerized simulation used to train officers.

While on EKU's campus, we received the grand tour of the EKU Center for the Arts by Joel Aalberts, Executive Director. The Center is the second-largest of its kind in Kentucky, hosting 30-40 performances a year.

The Blue Grass Army Depot (BGAD) was the next stop. Mark Henry, Public Affairs Officer, and Steve Van Dyke, Business Development, hosted the bus tour of the massive 14,596-acre facility. The ammunition depot was established in 1941 and is the primary Southeast Regional Distribution Point for all Department of Defense munitions. BGAD also stores 100% of the nation's supply of nerve agent. It offers industrial services, maintenance/renovation, strategic outloading, demilitarization, and worldwide support of chemical defense equipment. The class was impressed by the size and numerous operations of BGAD.

Madison County Judge Executive Kent Clark joined us on our way to the Artisan Center in Berea for lunch. He informed us of the unique makeup of the county and the two cities' governments. He also told us some of the historical aspects of the county, particularly Battlefield Park.

The final stop of the day was at the Madison County Emergency Management Agency. Carl Richards, Director, stressed the importance of having a family disaster kit and plan. He said only about 10% of families have a plan in place. Some of the challenges his agency faces are being prepared for chemical events or severe weather.

Richards stated, "In emergency management, we're never going to be perfect. All I can ask is that we're better today than we were yesterday, and that we're better tomorrow than we were today."

I think this is excellent advice we can all use in our personal endeavors. It was a wonderful day of learning!