Missouri State University is accepting applications for its Greater Ozarks Leadership Development Class VI, a nine-month program that starts in October.
The GOLD program's goal is to foster civic engagement, regional awareness, community development and economic growth in southwest Missouri, according to a news release.
“Regional economies are becoming more complex and communities more interconnected,” said Gene Stanton, Class V graduate and director of Public Works for the city of Mt. Vernon. “GOLD encourages participants to look beyond the boundaries of their individual hometowns and get to know the southwest Missouri region as a whole.”
Between October 2011 and June 2012, program participants would meet in a cross section of regional communities for program days and spend two days in Jefferson City.
The GOLD program - which draws in participants from the public, private, nonprofit and civic sectors - includes discussion topics such as economic development, education, funding resources, work force development, ballot issues and leadership skills.
“We learn as much from each other as we do from our travels and the many informative speakers that fill our program days,” GOLD program coordinator Gail Melgren said in the release. “The nine-month process is very engaging and helps build professional connections and personal friendships that endure.”
The GOLD program costs $795. Applications are available at www.ozarkleaders.us