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WestStar Leadership Program opens 2018 session


Contact 1: Erin Chesnut


MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin’s WestStar Leadership Program welcomed its 2018 class with an opening retreat Dec. 12. Class participants will join approximately 800 program alumni as members of the state’s largest and oldest leadership network.

Eight program sessions will take class members across the region to discuss topics of economic importance to the area. Those sessions include:

•Jan. 4-5: “Agriculture and Transportation”; Weakley and Obion counties
•Jan. 25-26: “Fundamentals of Economic Development: Building Communities from the Base Up”; Tipton and Haywood counties
•Feb. 15-16: “Health, Welfare and Social Consequences: The Humanity of Leadership”; Madison County
•March 6-7: “Public Policy Issues: What is Happening in Tennessee?”; Davidson County
•March 22-23: “Education: Creating Partnerships for Economic Development”; Lauderdale and Dyer counties
•April 12-13: “Energy, Environment and Technology”; Crockett and Gibson counties
•May 17-18: “Building Partnerships for West Tennessee and Tourism”; Henry County
•June 7-8: “Taking Your Community Strengths and Making Them an Asset”; McNairy and Hardin counties

Dr. Keith Carver, UT Martin chancellor and a 2009 WestStar graduate, will welcome the incoming cohort during the first session.

A graduation ceremony will be held June 21 in Jackson to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2018 class.

For more information on the WestStar Leadership Program, contact Virginia Grimes, coordinator, at 731-881-7298.


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