Leadership group has ambitious goals

HANCOCK COUNTY — Since September, 23 of Hancock County’s emerging leaders have been noodling and coaxing to completion five civic projects they hope will serve a broad spectrum of county residents.

The Leadership Hancock County Class of 2014 is unique this year not only for its size but for its ambitious scope.

“We try to limit our classes to 20, and usually we have between 16 and 18,” said coordinator Donieta Ross. “But we are so fortunate to have businesses in the county that support us by sending us employees.”

Leadership Hancock County, founded in 1994 with its first class graduating two years later, is chartered with developing a countywide corps of civic and community leaders.

Each year, the group solicits project proposals from county nonprofits, schools, governments and civic organizations, and then breaks down into teams to develop and execute them.

This year’s efforts include initiatives to install an electronic message sign near the entrance to the Pat Elmore Center to promote Greenfield Parks and Recreation Department programs; build a website for Hancock County Community Foundation’s new Women’s Resource Center; and develop a strategic marketing plan to build awareness for Hancock County Career Success Coalition’s drive to increase post-secondary education in the county.

“We have a vast variety of projects,” Ross said.

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