Published DatePLYMOUTH — Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Scott Stephens, of Campton, and Primex Chief Executive Officer, Ty Gagne, of Holderness, are amongst the 36 community leaders from across the state currently attending the LeadershipNew Hampshire Class of 2013, due to graduate in May. As part of their invigorated commitment to fostering effective collaborative relationships amongst business, non-profit and government leaders in central New Hampshire, they are spearheading an effort to launch a local Leadership Academy for the 2013-14 academic year, which will reside under the direction of the Plymouth Regional Chamber.
Since 1992, the statewide Leadership New Hampshire program has prepared over 600 of the state's most accomplished and talented professionals and community members for an expanded role in shaping the state's future. By deepening their knowledge and understanding of the state, and strengthening their capacity to work with other key partners to create positive change, the program is helping enhance the collaborative capacity of community leaders to get things accomplished in their civic and business
"Our region is surrounded by other regional leadership programs. We saw both a gap and an opportunity to develop a program specific to the Plymouth and Newfound areas." said Gagne. "There is a great deal of talent and social capital in our communities, and this program will help grow and sustain both."
"The Leadership Academy participants will have the opportunity to develop and expand their level of awareness and engagement as an individual, as a community member and as a professional," explains Stephens.
Program session days will run from September through May, meeting one day a month at a variety of locations throughout the region. In addition to sessions on state and local government and non-profits in New Hampshire, topics to be covered in depth include education, healthcare, the environment and sustainability, the criminal justice system and economic development.
Applications for the inaugural class are being accepted through May 10, and interviews will be scheduled by the end of May for the Class beginning in September 2013.
According to Stephens, candidates who live or work in communities in the Newfound, Plymouth, Squam, Baker-Pemi-Waterville Valley regions are encouraged to apply.
More information can be found on the Plymouth Regional Chamber website at plymouthnh.org,