Leadership program accepting applications for Class of '15

Leadership program accepting applications for Class of '15

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A program designed to identify and develop the next generation of community leaders is accepting applications for its Class of 2015.

The Leadership Charleston program kicks off with a two-day retreat in September, followed by one-day sessions each month through June, 2015.

The program focuses on key issues facing our area: infrastructure, developing a solid workforce, crime, education and legislative issues that affect business success, according a release. Participants grow their leadership skills over the 10-month course through learning from regional leaders and successful Leadership Charleston graduates, organizers say.

"The program provided me with a terrific look at the many facets of our unique community. It also allowed me to build relationships with peers as well as the top decision-makers in our region," program alum Ron Jones said. Jones works for Clawson and Staubes, LLC, and also serves as the steering committee chair for Leadership Charleston.

Past alumni include elected officials, prominent regional leaders and Chamber Board of Directors members, organizers say.

Applications are being accepted until June 30, 2015. Applicants can find an application

and must work for an organization that is a member of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the program.

Leadership Charleston has produced more than 2,000 graduates since its creation in 1974, organizers say.

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