Leadership Walker County

September - May of each year (1 day per month)

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Leadership Walker County LogoJoin the ranks of the area’s community leaders by participating in Leadership Walker County. This program is a collaborative effort between the Chamber, its members and county & city officials to educate participants on local issues and develop effective leadership skills. From local governments, non-profits, tourism, agriculture and manufacturing, the program highlights a wide array of topics throughout Walker County.

Annual deadline for applications is August 31. Return completed applications to Katelyn Gates at [email protected] 


Are you ready to gain a broader understanding of the issues facing our community?  Are you prepared to use the information and skills you will gain from this experience to become a leader in the community? If so, then Leadership Walker County may be a good fit for you. This 9-month program gives participants a first-hand look at operations of city and county governments, the educational systems, and public safety, as well as local businesses in the agricultural, manufacturing, tourism and non-profit sectors. Space is limited, so reserve your spot in the next class today!


Are you a business professional who would like to develop your leadership skills? This program gives you a network of 20+ colleagues from a variety of backgrounds and industries throughout the county. Each month will feature a one-day tour during which your class will examine a local issue and discuss their observations as a group. The Leadership Walker County class kicks off with a bonding retreat held in September at Camp New Dawn.

Service Project:

​During your experience, it will be a requirement for the class to complete a project.  You and your fellow peers will have ample opportunity to discuss various ideas of how your class can complete a project that affects many sectors of our community.  The Class Project is designed to be both beneficial and fun for the community and your class.  You and members of your class will be responsible for coordinating all events with the chosen Class Project.  And of course, you are allowed and encouraged to involve the community in your efforts to complete the Project.


The following commitments must be made by each participating individual to ensure the best experience for Leadership Walker County:

  • Attend at least seven (7) meetings/events throughout the course of the year
  • Complete a class project
  • Keep a ‘team player’ attitude throughout the entire experience
  • Honor the financial commitment made by you or your company


Ready to sign up? Contact Glenda Jones at (706) 375- 7702 or [email protected]cochamber.com. The fee for the class is $350 for Chamber members and $400 for non- members. (A limited number of scholarships are also available, thanks to the generosity of local companies such as Flegal Insurance.) The cost includes breakfast & lunch during the field trips, as well as transportation to all locations including the Capitol Building, and a complimentary lunch at the Chamber’s Leadership Walker County graduation in May.

The following are benefits shared by past participants:

  • Build a strong sense of community pride
  • Build strong, lifelong, personal relationships
  • Create opportunities for future leadership possibilities
  • Interaction with classmates
  • Meet local and state leaders
  • Opportunity to network and create personal and business contacts
  • Serve the community through the completion of a class project
  • Tour governmental agencies at the state and local levels

Sample tours include:

Rock City

The Capitol Building

Martin Davis House

Sheriff’s Department

Mayor’s Office

Commissioner’s Office

School Superintendent’s Office

Barwick Airport

Roper Corporation

Walker County DFCS

and more…