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Community Leadership Academy

The Power of Partnerships

The 2021 virtual conference included an exciting slate of presenters on leadership topics relating to innovation and entrepreneurship, community health, and emerging leadership. Registration was free for the 2021 virtual conference and the recorded sessions can be found below.

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.


  1. Help emerging and established leaders understand, use and develop their community assets effectively.
  2. Support robust community engagement and further community growth.
  3. 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.

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
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Main Street program participants
  • Chamber of Commerce representatives
  • Local business owners/managers
  • Mayors
  • 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
  • Students

For more details about the Community Leadership Academy, please contact: Community Leadership Academy Director, Lauren Prinzo, or call Lauren at 304-293-8690.