Community Leadership Academy
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About the Academy
The Community Leadership Academy (CLA) helps emerging and established leaders develop their leadership skills.
The academy provides community leaders with a solid foundation in public organizational and financial management. Topics emphasize enhancing personal leadership skills and providing an understanding of current, 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 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. Members who regularly attend 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, going above and beyond expectations, to develop their community through their leadership, service, or other activities.
Anyone who has attended a Community Leadership Academy and is not involved in planning
for the academy can seek the award. A nomination packet must include both information
on what the person has done with respect to promoting and/or supporting CLA. It
must show how knowledge learned at CLA have been put into use in a community setting.
And it must include at least one letter of support from someone other than the
CLA Champion Award Nomination Packet
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 an elite 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 (verified by sign-in sheets).
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