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2018 Conference Packet Resources

A message from the CLA Director, Kelly Nix

Greetings Community Leadership Academy (CLA) participant,

On behalf of the planning and advisory committees, I would like to personally welcome you to the 2018 CLA!  Our theme this year, Igniting Investments for our Future, is timely and relevant and the schedule incorporates many topics that will challenge you to think of what we need to do now that will benefit our future.

The CLA has three tracks that include Leadership, Good Governance, and Economic Strategy and we have designed this conference to:

  • Help emerging and established leaders understand, use and develop their community assets effectively.
  • Support robust community engagement and further community growth.
  • Provide West Virginia’s local government officials and community leaders with a solid foundation in public organizational and financial management, grounded in current complex issues affecting West Virginia communities.

I hope you will make the most of your time at CLA! I want to encourage you to become fully engaged in the sessions and meet new people. Through new knowledge and networking that leads to partnerships, you will be equipped to go back to your community and make a difference that will benefit West Virginia in years to come.


Kelly Nix, PhD
WVU Extension Service, Community Leadership Specialist
CLA Director

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A special thank you to all of our sponsors this year! We wouldn't have been able to hold this great academy without you.

Sponsors for the 2018 Community Leadership Academy


Every speaker for the 2018 Community Leadership Academy was carefully chosen for their extensive knowledge on this year's relevant topics.

Speakers at the 2018 Community Leadership Academy


This year, based on your feedback, we were able to maximize leadership education, networking opportunities, and community engagement.

Full Agenda for the 2018 Community Leadership Academy

For your personal agenda, login to your registration account:

Registration Personal Agenda


Please remember to complete an evaluation for the 2018 Community Leadership Academy. Your input is one of the most important factors we consider when planning the academy each year.

Evaluation for the 2018 Community Leadership Academy

Recognition Program

In addition to fresh and relevant material, another aspect that has people coming back every year is the Community Leadership Academy cumulative participation achievements.

Community Leadership Academy Awards and Recognition

Planning Committee and Advisory Council

Last, but definitely not least. The annual Community Leadership Academy would not be able to maintain its consistency and relevancy with fresh topics each year without these two groups. Thank you planners!

Committee and Council for the 2018 Community Leadership Academy