Strong leadership is a key ingredient in the continuing development of a thriving community. The Greater Hall Chamber’s Leadership Hall County (LHC) program educates emerging and existing leaders to be integral players in the future of our community.
Since its inception in 1983, over 900 men and women representing our diversity have completed this program and have taken their place as leaders in the community. Among the alumni are business professionals, politicians, judges, corporate CEOs, successful entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders, devoted educators and dedicated community volunteers.
Through a series of sessions combining lectures and tours participants learn about such topics as: Economic Development, Public Safety, Politics, Tourism, Education, Healthcare, Social Services, Agriculture and Quality of Life.
While every year follows a similar format, each class is adjusted to meet the specific needs and interests of the class while also staying abreast of current events and new venues. Class members are informed and, thereby becoming better qualified and more encouraged to take an active role in the decision making processes within the community. The connections made with classmates and the interaction with top community leaders adds value to this program well before and long after graduation.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS TO BE ACCEPTED?
Nominations are open in January of each year. An individual may nominate themselves or may be nominated by a firm, an organization or individual. Nominees are asked to complete a detailed application. The applications are reviewed by the Selection Committee and the new class is named in late April.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Class members are chosen by their own merits based upon their application. The committee seeks representation from a cross-section of the community including business, labor, education, the arts, religion, government, and social services.
WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?
LHC begins in July with a half day for the Annual Orientation and Reception. 10 program days then occur monthly with graduation in May. Program days typically last from 7:45 am until 5:00 pm.
Outside of class time, students must complete a group project (6 hours) together as well as the following independent homework assignments:
- Ride-a-long with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office or Gainesville Police Department (4 hrs)
- Attend a Gainesville City Council and a Hall County Commission meeting (4 hrs)
- Attend a Gainesville City and a Hall County Board of Education School Board meeting (4 hrs)
- Attend a Greater Hall Chamber Board of Directors meeting (2 hrs)
- Attend a Chamber Business After Hours (2 hrs)
100% participation and completion of all of the above is mandatory in order to graduate from LHC. Any portion of days missed must be made up. This is a serious time commitment, and participants not complying with the attendance requirements will be dismissed from the program.
For more information, contact Andi Harmon, Vice President of Education at 770-532-6206 x 113 or email Andi