Locate South GeorgiaLEADS recruits regional leaders for 3rd year

Published 2:42 pm Wednesday, July 4, 2018

AMERICUS — Locate South GeorgiaLEADS (LSGL) is actively recruiting for participants for the third year across a 21-county region in South Georgia. With Locate South GeorgiaLEADS, presented by Electric Cities of Georgia, recruiting the class for the 2018-2019 program, the region’s economic development initiative, Locate South Georgia seeks to link business and civic leaders, as well as elected and public officials, to the region’s economic development agenda and efforts.
LSGL is a 21-county regional leadership development program for South Georgia designed in 2015 as a partnership of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at the University of Georgia, and the region’s economic development professionals and affiliates that make up Locate South Georgia.
As the largest regional leadership program in the State, South Georgia is raising the bar for leadership, economic development and civic engagement for existing leaders. LSGL is an eight-month leadership experience for leaders throughout South Georgia designed to facilitate awareness of issues that are essential to the future success of the region by giving participants the necessary skills and training needed to effectively lead South Georgia in the 21st Century economy.
Visits to new communities, focused on issues of regional importance and growth challenges across the region; this year’s LSGL class will have the opportunity to visit the Georgia Ports Authority in Savannah and network with regional leaders from Leadership Southeast Georgia — the coastal region’s leadership program. With applications currently available, the program will start in August 2018, and run through March 2019. This year’s class will join the alumni of LSGL at a kick-off retreat in Sylvester-Worth County on Aug. 16-17.
LSGL links regional site visits and issue awareness to relevant leadership development content within the framework of the Locate South GeorgiaLEADS priorities. Emphasizing regional priorities throughout the program, each session directly links leadership skills training to issues of critical importance to South Georgia:
• Regional Identity & Influence
Includes creating a regional brand and identity for South Georgia that is recognized internally as well as externally, enhancing both perception and influence of the region across the State.
• Workforce Development
Includes the strategic alignment of public and private sectors — business, industry, and educational partners — to address key workforce development needs and challenges; and to increase the economic viability of South Georgia.
• Collective Visioning & Planning
Includes developing leaders who understand the changing South Georgia economy and culture; and recognize why it is essential to both think and act within a global context, working collaboratively to ensure the region’s success.
The purpose of Locate South GeorgiaLEADS is to develop informed, aware, and educated leaders to promote and grow South Georgia by:
• Increasing awareness of assets and resources;
• Creating a shared sense of regional pride and ownership in both action and solutions;
• Strengthening partnerships and alliances; and
• Enhancing political influence and acuity to support the needs and opportunities of South Georgia.
Tuition is $1,250 per participant, with a limited number of scholarships available. For more information, contact Mary Beth Bass, executive director, One Sumter Economic Development Foundation Inc., at 229.815.1669; or at marybeth@onesumter.org. Application materials can be found online at http://www.onesumter.org/locate-south-georgia-leads.html.
Applications are due on Friday, July 6, by the close of business. Interested candidates may also contact their local economic development team — Chambers of Commerce and Development Authorities — for further information.