February 20, 2014 — Project 17, a wide-ranging project to strengthen and promote regional cooperation between the seventeen counties in Southeast Kansas to increase economic opportunities, improve public health, increase leadership capacity, and to enhance the region’s workforce is pleased to announce the next group of leaders who will receive training at the Kansas Leadership Center (KLC).  Applications for the class were accepted from leaders within the seventeen counties included in the project: Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Coffey, Crawford, Elk, Franklin, Greenwood, Labette, Linn, Miami, Montgomery, Neosho, Wilson and Woodson.

The following people have been selected from across the region to participate in the next training program: Shelly McColm, Vallerie Sweeton –Baxter Springs; Misty Marchant, Brandon Hines, Anita Peterson, Kelli Higgins, Kim Bowers, Patty Ann Sanborn -Burlington; Tim Fairchild, Murray McGee, Michael Burt, Jaime Fickel, Charlotte Stout –Chanute; Michael Speer-Coffeyville; Janet Miller –Columbus; Randy Corns, Karen McDaniel, Austin Walter, Haley Wilson –Eureka; Douglas Hurd –Fort Scott; Jim Porter, Flip Hutfles -Fredonia; Ben Seel, Deborah Fox, Gary Hogsett, Shelley Cooley, Jon Risner, Jenice Wade -Independence; Gena Clounch, Tara Solomon- Iola; Lori Fesmire –LaCygne; Michele Kinkaid –Lebo; Crystal Anderson, Jacob Howard, Renessa Mehrtens, Linda Reed –Ottawa; Loralei Crum, Brandi Lopez, Don Jordan –Paola; Lashawn Taylor, Cheryl Bowen, Gary Crissman, Louvinia Rhodes, Marcie Ryan, Tereasa DeMeritt –Parsons; Deanna Miller, Jim Brumfield, Duane Dreiling, Pastor Don Talent, Dawn Taylor, Zach Fletcher, Dick Horton, Traci Reed-Pittsburg; Pastor Janice Hawley –Spring Hill;  Keith Meyers, Paul Shafer –Topeka; Trish Watts-Toronto.

Those selected will be provided intense immersion leadership training at no cost through an in-kind grant from the Kansas Leadership Center. The Kansas Leadership Center equips people with the ability to make lasting change for the common good. KLC is different in the field of leadership development with its focus on leadership being an activity, not a role or position.

This training from KLC will provide participants the opportunity to discover a framework for exercising civic leadership, to develop a better understanding of the challenges facing the region and how Project 17 is working to address those challenges, to learn how to become more involved with Project 17, and to learn a process for developing and working within highly effective teams. Participants will be divided into teams to work on projects related to linking business and education, breaking the cycle of generational poverty, supporting local businesses, preventative health, substance abuse, and workforce development that are aligned with the efforts of existing Project 17 groups to strengthen the region.

To become involved, learn more about Project 17 contact us.