New leadership program announced at Blueprint Polk
Polk County residents hoping to see an expansion of the Biz Builders program Cedartown started to promote entrepreneurs will now get a chance to thanks to a new program announced recently at the latest Blueprint Polk meeting.
Britt Madden Jr. was the first to report what is being accomplished on the leadership front in Polk County, and much of his allotted time was given over toward discussing the accomplishments of Cedartown’s Biz Builder program and its first year in 2014.
However, he also got the opportunity to announce a new program being developed by the Polk County Chamber of Commerce.
“The Leadership Committee of that group is also making a great important stride to serve Polk County businesses and help cultivate the next generations of leaders by development of what we’re calling the Polk County Chamber Leadership Academy,” Madden said.
He said the new Leadership Academy will be focused on areas of giving those potential future leaders of Polk County education on personal growth, health and wellness, basic leadership principles and business concepts with addition to a community 101-style class. Partnering with industries and local small businesses, the idea is to see what leaders come out of the program.
“We want to see if these are people we want to invest more in, and maybe even an opportunity to possibly pull something out of someone we hope they had,” he said.
The chamber board gave its approval to the concept, but the plan is still being refined with partner Georgia Northwestern Technical College, who will be lending professors for the educational component of the program.
Local business and government leaders gathered at the end of August to hear progress on the Blueprint Polk plan following three years of work toward achieving goals first outlined in 2011. Those included working with schools and industries toward building up partnerships for education and work study opportunities, courting industries, updating Polk’s signage and more.
Rachel Rowell, Development Authority of Polk County President and CEO, headed up the meeting of area government, business and education leaders who contributed toward goals set out to make local improvements to attract growth.
Rowell’s goal was following the lunchtime presentations on several areas is to compile a report to take to local councils and commissions for their blessing and to adopt it as a city vision.
“We want everyone to be on the same page,” Rowell said.
However, it’ll be February 2016 before the group meets again and provides recommendations on what areas of the plan will need improvements and updates.
During that time, subcommittees on Leadership, Education, Infrastructure and Public Safety – among others – will have time to revise for the next five years, and take from the lessons learned in specific projects the knowledge needed to work forward.
(See more on the Biz Builders program’s second year in this week’s edition of the Standard Journal in a story by Tricia Cambron on this page. )
Rachel Rowell, DAPC President, headed up the Blueprint Polk meeting held on Aug. 26. Local business and government leaders gathered to discuss progress and what’s next.