Leadership Rutherford's Mission:To create an annual program that identifies, engages, and empowers diverse community leaders to use their skills and energy in service to benefit Rutherford County, North Carolina.
Leadership Rutherford was created for a number of reasons, foremost to train and encourage residents to get involved in moving the community forward for the benefit of all residents. The primary goal is the betterment of our community. By exploring the many facets of Rutherford County -- from critical issues such as health care and diversity -- the program hopes to reveal the needs for leadership.
We encourage Leadership Rutherford graduates to step into those positions. Over the past fifteen years, more than 200 county residents have completed the program.
Other communities have been through the economic turmoil that our county has experienced in the last 10 years. There are many good people trying hard to improve the situation and they are having an impact. Only by knowing and understanding a problem, can that problem be solved. Leadership Rutherford attempts to provide that information and knowledge to its participants.
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The program would not be what it is today without the incredible cooperation of those same leaders who participate in the monthly programs that reflect Rutherford County. Their desire to see Rutherford County progress fuels their willingness to share their knowledge.
Each August, a new class begins its journey through the 10-month program. It is wonderful to see the mix of people that experience the Leadership Rutherford challenge. Every class has a mix of high school students, business owners, new arrivals and life-long local residents. Their common bond is caring about and loving this county and a desire to help shape its future. One of the requirements of the program is that each class must complete a project for the betterment of our county. Projects in the past include everything from websites, to community outreach to historical markers and tourism attractions. Each project's goal is to impact the community and make a positive change.
Leadership Rutherford will continue to play a role in the prosperous future of Rutherford County. To learn more, browse our website and drop us a line from the Contact Us page.
Leadership Rutherford PO Box 794 Forest City, NC 28043 Phone: (828) 289-3741