Atwood said it’s a nine-month program, is run by the chamber of commerce and is aimed at people living in Trigg County who have at least a high school diploma or G.E.D. He added that once a month, generally the first Thursday of every month, they will learn about one aspect of the community.
“Each month, we’ll have a different day, like an agricultural day or a Health and Human Services day,” Atwood said. “The individuals that participate will learn more about the inner workings of whatever the particular topic is, specifically as it relates to Trigg County.”
During other sessions, which will likely last from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. one day a month, they will learn more about the local government or will go to Fort Campbell, where they will partner up with the people from the Leadership Hopkinsville program, said Atwood, executive vice president of the Bank of Cadiz.
There will also be a day where they focus on tourism and Land Between the Lakes, wherein the Leadership Hopkinsville people will partner up with the people from Leadership Trigg, Atwood said.
This will be the first year for the program in Trigg County, said Atwood, who has been involved in similar programs in Hopkinsville and Bowling Green. He said he hopes the graduates of this program will eventually participate in the Leadership Kentucky program.
“Don Leibee had done the initial work. He went to Leadership Paducah and got some information from them,” Atwood said. “Don and me, Mallory Lawrence, Donna Clark and Sharon Butts worked on the program.”
The web site for the chamber of commerce states that local community and business leaders will serve as “Day Coordinators” for monthly events, and that said coordinators will plan a full day of activities designed to “expand your knowledge of most aspects of our community and the surrounding area.”
Areas of focus include agriculture, business and industry, manners in the workplace and elsewhere, education, law and government, medical and health, military, leadership, economic development and community issues, the chamber web site stated.
Bill Stevens, executive director for the Cadiz/Trigg County Tourism Commission, said Atwood was the chairman of the committee that grew out of the Community Vision Program, sponsored by the Cadiz/Trigg County Economic Development Commission year.
Stevens said that other than sending applications out to people that are interested in the program, he isn’t really involved in the leadership program.
Although online applications are not available, paper applications are available at the Commerce Center on U.S. 68/Ky. 80 near Interstate 24. Atwood said they are accepting applications until June 1 and added that he hopes for between 10 and 15 participants for the first class.
The program proper starts in August and the graduation will take place in May, and costs $250, said Atwood, who also said such programs cost more in surrounding communities.