Leadership Champaign County is a community development program in which participants with diverse backgrounds and experiences will have the opportunity to broaden their perspectives, enhance their leadership skills and learn from others who are active in our community.

The program is for those who wish to gain knowledge, skills, experience and commitment needed to be effective leaders in both our community and our professions. Those attributes will then allow participants to better address community needs and opportunities. The goal of the program is to develop informed, civic minded leaders for the Champaign County community.

How does Leadership Champaign County work?

Like successful leadership programs in other communities, the Champaign County class gains in-depth and "behind-the scene" knowledge and insight in matters of leadership, government, education, health care, social services, media, local history, economics and development, and quality-of-life issues.

Class participants, led by more than 50 established business education and community leaders in a variety of settings, gain an understanding of their marketplace, community and fellow citizens in a way otherwise unavailable. Classroom lectures, hands on challenges and tours of facilities throughout the county are among the approaches utilized to help you or your employee become a much more informed part of your organization.

Should I participate in Leadership Champaign County?

Typical classes include CEO's, elected officials, managers, educators, etc.

So if you are from...

  • Public Sector
  • Private Sector
  • Management
  • Social Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Professional Services
  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Native of Champaign County
  • New to Champaign County

Enrollment is open to persons living or working in Champaign County. The Academy will have a maximum of 25 participants. 2015-16 Classes will be held on the following dates:

Leadership Champaign County 101 - Thursday, September 17
Agriculture in Champaign County - Thursday, October 15
Champaign County History & Heritage - Thursday, November 19
Education - Thursday, December 17
Economic Development - Thursday, January 21
Health Care & Human Services - Thursday, February 18
Government and Political Systems - Thursday, March 17
Quality of Life - Thursday, April 21
Group Projects & Graduation Ceremony - Thursday, May 19

How do I apply to Leadership Champaign County?

Click here to fill out the application. All applications are due September 1.

Cost Per Participant:

The cost to participate is $350.00 for Chamber members and $400.00 for future members, which includes meals, transportation & graduation. (Limited scholarships are available. Call the Chamber office for more information on how to apply.)

For more information, click here to download the brochure.

Fast Facts

Champaign County is conveniently nestled in the heart of west central Ohio.

  • Established in 1805
  • 30 miles from Columbus or Dayton; 10 miles from Springfield
  • Serviced by U.S. Routes 68 and 36; within 15 miles of Interstates 70 and 75
  • Blend of service, retail, manufacturing and agricultural businesses
  • Miles of bike trails, hiking trails, rivers and wooded area wind its way through the county
  • Population approximately 39,800; 428 square miles
  • Quaint shopping, dining and art/antique shops
  • Home to Warren Grimes the "father of aviation lighting"
  • Well-known Champaign Countians include: William Saxbe, Clancy Brown, Johnny Appleseed and A.B. Graham
  • Airport: Grimes Field (General Aviation)
  • Home to Urbana University
  • Destinations: Simon Kenton recreation trails, Cedar Bog, Ohio Caverns, Johnny Appleseed Museum, Mad River, Champaign County Fairgrounds, Kiser Lake State Park



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