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Leadership program under development in city of Grandview

GRANDVIEW - Grandview City Council members received a draft update last night for the Leadership Grandview program, which is currently under development and designed to create a stronger pool of leadership within the community.

City Administrator Scott Staples has been working with the dean of Yakima Valley Community College's Grandview campus, Bryce Humpherys, to develop the training program for community leaders.

"The program is primarily designed to work with employees of local businesses and or people wishing to get involved in leadership in the community," Staples explained to council.

Staples said the draft he and Humpherys have been working on that summarizes the program is based on a template from leadership programs in other communities.

The program will take place over the course of an academic year from September to May. Beginning in October, attendees will attend one day-long session a month. Each session will focus on various vital aspects of the Grandview community.

Curriculum topics selected by Humpherys and Staples include education, law enforcement and the legal system, government, business, agriculture and economic development, health care, quality of life, leadership, human services and diversity.

Staples reported to council that Leadership Grandview is aimed at qualified individuals who actively participate in the community or have an interest in assuming leadership roles in Grandview.

"The focus is Grandview," said Staples. "This isn't a global program. The whole idea is to take people from Grandview proper and educate them about Grandview and give them more of a practical approach so that by the time they finish, they've got a real good idea of how Grandview works."

Staples said that those participating in the program do not necessarily have to be a resident of Grandview, but they must have a vested interest in the community. Participants can include employees that work in Grandview and live in the area.

Humpherys said that the idea of offering college credits for the program was discussed, but won't happen at this time. "There's more bureaucratic hoops to jump through (if credits are offered) that would make it more difficult to get (the program) off the ground," he said.

Mayor Norm Childress said his hope for the program is that it would spurn more community involvement.

Right now, the goal is to limit participants in the program to 20. Candidates for the program will have to be selected through a nomination process, with nominees being reviewed at the Grandview campus. Participants will be expected to attend all sessions with the exception of extreme emergency or illness.

Tuition for the future program has not yet been determined.

For more information about the program, contact Staples at 882-9200.

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