Nominations being accepted for Leadership Blount Class of 2012

Leadership Blount is looking for the 22nd class of community leaders. Nominations are being accepted through the month of January.

“Leadership Blount is an experience I will never forget,” said Christy Newman, member of the Leadership Blount Class of 2009 and community relations manager at Alcoa, Inc. “I am honored to chair the Selection Committee for the Class of 2012. This program is one of the most educational and exciting experiences in which one can participate in Blount County. Leadership Blount Alumni are dedicated to making Blount County the best community possible, and I am proud to be part of the process.”

Nominees should have a sincere commitment and motivation to serve the community, as well as an exhibited demonstration of leadership abilities. They should be individuals whose work, volunteer participation and community service indicate they have a long-term commitment to Blount County’s quality of life. All class members must also be willing to devote one full day per month (including two overnight sessions), as well as some required evening governmental meetings, and must have the full support of the organization or corporation they represent.

Tuition for the program is $1,100, and $110.00 of that must be paid by the participant personally. This payment covers all fees and course materials, as well as most meals and transportation. Optional or special activities may require additional costs. A limited number of partial scholarships may be available for eligible candidates.

Nominations are being accepted throughout the month of January. Forms are available at the Leadership Blount website, Blount County Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Blount County, Blount Today, The Daily Times, or by contacting the Leadership Blount office by phone at 865-984-9368 or by e-mail at

Nominations may be submitted electronically, by fax (865-984-6968) or by mail. Completed forms must be received in the Leadership Blount office no later than January 31.

For more than 20 years, Leadership Blount has worked with more than 600 community- minded individuals to teach them more about the community in which they live and encourage them to take a more active role in community issues.

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