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Congratulations to the 2018 class of Leadership Vigo County, a program provided by Purdue Extension Vigo County, who graduated last month! The graduation ceremony was held at a local restaurant and Kristi Whitacre, Purdue Extension Community Development Educator and Leadership Vigo County Program Leader, congratulated participants as she passed out their certificates. After researching the …
Congratulations to the inaugural class of Leadership Vigo County, a program provided by Purdue Extension Vigo County, who graduated earlier this month! The graduation ceremony was held at Launch Terre Haute in The Deming and included an inspirational leadership message from Richard Payonk, United Way of the Wabash Valley Executive Director. Payonk encouraged the group …
This article was adapted from the Wabash Plain Dealer Members of the community came together on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday to discuss diversity at the “Navigating Differences” workshop at Living Well Winchester Center in Wabash. Wabash County Purdue Extension Educator Teresa Witkoske and Purdue Extension Educator Steve Yoder facilitated the morning workshop. …
An Enhancing the Value of Public Spaces Workshop was held last week with Bartholomew County’s Anderson Falls Park as the focus.  Although it features a stunning waterfall and a 44-acre DNR Nature Preserve, Anderson Falls Park suffers from the challenges of an isolated location and a limited general fund budget.  Seventeen interested community leaders and …
Leadership Vigo County launched its inaugural class with 10 participants on August 25 at the West Vigo Library. The sessions are all hosted by Kristi Whitacre, Vigo County Community Development Educator. The first session was facilitated by Kristi and Heather Strohm, Regional Educator. Participants learned key characteristics of effective leaders and defined what community leadership means. They also learned some …
The first Leadership Jasper County class graduated recently. Sixteen individuals representing a wide variety of careers and all parts of the county were enrolled in the class, and over 40 local representatives assisted in the program, serving on panels and as speakers, advisory board members and more. Additionally, seven Extension Educators were involved as presenters …
Congratulations to the 15 graduates of Leadership Clinton County 2016 on completing 44 hours of training in conflict management, navigating difference, interpersonal communication and leadership style analysis, while gaining exposure to how economic development, education, healthcare and local government work in Clinton County. The Clinton County Community Foundation supplied the seed funding for this program with the …
The sun was shining as The Beef House banquet room filled with sponsors, committee members and participants of Leadership Vermillion County. Twelve dedicated and motivated members of Vermillion County have been working hard since Sept. 9 to learn how to apply their skills and abilities to make Vermillion County a better place to live, work …
Women’s Voices…some would argue that they are seldom heard – especially in the context of community and economic development. For example, Indiana ranks 35th in the United States for representation of women in the state legislature with only one in five (20.7 percent) legislators being women. In Fayette County, women hold one-third of the County …
The Valparaiso Chamber Leadership Academy graduated its 10th class, strengthening its collaboration with Purdue Extension. Sixteen participants completed the program this year, which included 40 hours of class time on topics such as conflict management, interpersonal communication and economic development, as well as tours, networking opportunities and guest speakers. Purdue Extension’s Kris Parker was part …