The Leadership Tri-Cities group has reached its second decade of educating and developing future community leaders.
The program is now seeking applicants for Leadership Tri-Cities Class XX.
Each year, about 25 up and coming leaders are chosen for the program, which is meant to expose people to opportunities and challenges within the Tri-City community.
The 11-month program, beginning in August, features full-day seminars, service projects, discussion groups, dialogue with regional leaders and tours. The goal is to help those interested in leadership roles within the community become better educated about the Tri-Cities as a whole.
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Topics include agriculture, social services, economic development, law enforcement, the justice system, health services, local and state government, education, arts and entertainment and Hanford.
More than 400 Tri-Citians have graduated from the program since it was created in 1994. Past classes have built shops, remodeled living quarters, created guided walking tours and organized youth art projects.
The Leadership Tri-Cities program was founded by an 11-member team including Frank Armijo, Mission Support Alliance president and general manager.
"What started with the belief that the quality of our leadership will determine the future of our community is now a very successful leadership development and community learning program with two decades of remarkable contributions," Armijo said in a statement. "I know the next class will add to that strong tradition."
Applications are now available online at www.leadershiptricities.com. The application deadline is May 16.
For more information about Leadership Tri-Cities and the application process, attend an information session 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at the Tri-Cities Visitor & Business Center 7130 West Grandridge Blvd., in Kennewick.