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Leadership North County Program accepting applications for 2017 class 


‘Building tomorrow’s leaders today’

–Last year, the Atascadero Economic Foundation developed the Leadership North County Program. The group is now accepting applications for participants in their 2017 class.

Leadership North County strives to expand knowledge, empower citizens and promote overall community involvement. Leadership training courses engage in activities and curriculum that focus on effective management practices, transformative leadership principles, enhanced communications techniques and an overall community awareness.

“The program helps to establish community leaders, impact lives through civic projects and provide a foundation for a vibrant community,” said Lindy Hendy, Atascadero Chamber of Commerce CEO. “This Program will help fill a growing demand for civic involvement here in the North County” Hendy said.

The program courses emphasize areas of northern San Luis Obispo County lifestyle including agriculture, arts, county and city government, economic development, education, health, justice and sustainability. Leadership training is designed to affect cultural change and build a foundation for better communication and more effective leadership. Through curriculum, mentorship and presentations, students develop their personal leadership style and work together with community members of varied experiences.

The Atascadero Economic Foundation board of directors oversees the Leadership North County Programs with assistance from a professional volunteer Advisory Council.

Leadership North County of San Luis Obispo is now accepting applications for its 2017 class. A selection committee will screen the applications in December and January and announce the new class in February 2017. Any adult, 21 or over, who works or lives in North San Luis Obispo County, may apply.

An application can be obtained online at The program cost is $1,200 including a two day retreat, all materials for nine month program and may be paid directly by the individual enrolling, by their employer or by a sponsoring organization. Applications must be received at the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce office on or before 5 p.m., Mon., Dec. 31, 2016.

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