Community Leadership Academy
Save the Date: April 28-30, 2020
Innovate & Inspire
Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place
About the Academy
The Community Leadership Academy (CLA) helps emerging and established leaders develop their leadership skills.
The academy provides leaders with fundamental knowledge in public organizations and financial management. The covered topics will help enhance personal leadership skills and provide a basic understanding of current and complex issues affecting communities.
The academy unites community leaders, elected officials, economic developers, Chambers of Commerce, business owners and civic-minded residents of West Virginia and nearby states.
The CLA was founded by WVU Extension Service Community Resources and Economic Development unit, with the help of Extension partners.
CLA provides leadership development opportunities focused on the knowledge, collaboration and connections that empower communities to lead West Virginia into the future.
To be West Virginia’s premiere community leadership development program.
CLA Shared Values
- Strategic Relationships
- Help emerging and established leaders understand, use and develop their community assets effectively.
- Support robust community engagement and further community growth.
- Provide local government officials and community leaders with a solid foundation in public organizational skills and financial management, grounded in current complex issues affecting communities.
Good Governance: Learn new strategies in emergency management, funding and community relations.
Community Economic Strategy: Adopt strategies for successful community economic development.
Leadership: Understand new leadership skills for successful planning, implementation and performance.
Who should attend?
The conference will be most beneficial for community leaders in West Virginia and surrounding states.
Some regular attendees include:
- Community volunteer leaders
- City and county officials
- County commissioners
- Main Street program participants
- Chamber of Commerce representatives
- Local business owners/managers
- City/town council members
- City managers
- Municipal planners
- Members of local boards and commissions (CVBs, planning commissions, parks and recreation commissions)
- Local EDA directors/members
- Extension professionals
- Historical organizations
- Community development organizations
Awards & RecognitionIn 2013, the Academy introduced a new recognition and award system for all attendees.
CLA Champion Award
The Community Leadership Academy Champion award honors an individual each year who is doing an exemplary job and going above and beyond expectations to develop their community through demonstrated leadership, service, or other activities.
To be eligible for the award, the nominee must have previously attended CLA and cannot not be an individual involved in planning the academy. A nomination packet must include information
on what the person has done to promote and support CLA. It
must demonstrate how they are applying what they learned learned at CLA in a community setting. It must also include at least one letter of support from someone other than the
CLA Champion Award Nomination Packet
2019 Community Leadership Academy Champion - Vivian Parsons
There is also a cumulative recognition of participation. There are five levels of recognition (bronze, silver, gold, platinum, and titanium). Each requires the completion of 24 hours of instruction (24, 48, 72, 96, and 120 hours, respectively). After completing 120 hours, a participant will be placed in a mentee/mentorship program where they will have opportunities to recruit, guide and mentor less experienced participants.
The program is open to all academy participants. Credit is given only for those sessions attended.
If you would like to know how many hours you have earned so far or if you have any other questions regarding the cumulative recognition program, contact Michael Dougherty.
Past Academies 2013–2018