Project 17 Awarded One Million Dollar Grant from Kansas Leadership Center

The Kansas Leadership Center has awarded Project 17, the Southeast Kansas regionalization initiative, a one million grant for leadership training through the Center’s Academy for Team Leadership initiative.
The Center will provide immersion-style leadership training for up to four years for 1500 Southeast Kansas residents. The effort will help foster leadership skills and provide a greater understanding of the region’s strengths and challenges.

“We were looking for a partnership with a creative, committed organization ready to roll up its sleeves and go to work on a problem,” said Ed O’Malley, president and CEO of the Kansas Leadership Center. “We found a great partner in Project 17 that recognizes the value of empowering the next generation of Southeast Kansas leaders.”

Project 17 emerged as a joint effort of four Kansas senators: Pat Apple, Jeff King, Bob Marshall and Dwayne Umbarger. The project focuses on economic growth, improved health outcomes, promoting regional leadership and creating a permanent structure to ensure a long-term regional effort to help revitalize Southeast Kansas.

“The Kansas Leadership Center will bring a serious leadership effort that is focused on the 17 counties of Southeast Kansas,” said Senator Apple (R-Louisburg). “We are very pleased to have this effort as part of Project 17.”

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