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Leadership Oneida County

Leadership Oneida County is a nine-month program that will cultivate and prepare emerging leaders in Oneida County.  Leadership Oneida County creates an awareness of services and organizations within the County, and reinforces an individual’s call to civic responsibility and citizen involvement.

Leadership Oneida County serves as a catalyst in connecting community leaders with local resources, and fosters relationships and self-awareness of Candidates’ leadership potential.

Candidates from the previous programs shared these thoughts at Graduation:

  • “I was able to identify strengths and weaknesses, which has assisted me in my personal and professional relationships”
  • “I developed new relationships and made important community connections”
  • “I looked forward to Leadership day each month because I learned so much about the community I’ve lived in for so long”
  • “The variety of information presented each month was surprising”
  • “I gained a much broader understanding of Oneida County”

The program will kick-off on September 24th with an overnight retreat at Treehaven.  Leadership Oneida County will then meet monthly for day-long sessions, from 8am to 4:30pm, beginning in October and concluding with a graduation ceremony in May.  Each monthly session will focus on a specific area within the County including business, industry, medical, education, government, and community services.  Program activities will include touring Oneida County businesses, meeting with community leaders, and completing a community project.

The program fee is $350 per participant and will cover all expenses including the overnight retreat, lunches for each monthly session, and program materials.

Leadership Oneida County is open to all Oneida County residents and/or employees of Oneida County businesses.  Two 50% scholarships are available, and will be awarded based upon need and candidate qualifications.

The 2014-2015 Leadership Oneida County program is limited to 20 participants.

Leadership Oneida County seeks community projects

Leadership Oneida County is currently accepting applications from community groups and non-profits in Oneida County for consideration by our 2014 -2015 Leadership Oneida County Projects.  The 16 candidates in the group are required to complete a community project by graduation in May 2015.  If your group has project you would like them to consider please fill out the below application and return it to the Chamber by Friday December 5, 2014.

The group is available for any need you might have other than fundraising.  Project examples include: helping plan an outreach event, create and implement a new marketing plan, create a brochure or advertising piece.  All projects must be able to be completed between December 2014 and May 2015.  Those groups submitting projects must be available to pitch the idea to the candidates during our program day on Thursday December 18, 2014.

If you have any questions please call the Chamber at 715-365-7464 and ask for Dana.

LOC Community Project Application


2014 – 2015 Program Overview

Program days are the third Thursday of each month from 8am to 4:30pm

September 24-25, 2014

Overnight Retreat at Treehaven

September 24 at Noon through September 25 at Noon

October 16, 2014


November 20, 2014

Law Enforcement & Government

December 18, 2014

Building Media Relationships

January 15, 2015

Community Services

February 19, 2015


March 19, 2015

Business, Cultural and Tourism

April 16, 2015


May 21, 2015

Presentation of Candidates’ Community Projects

Graduation Luncheon

Presentation of Mel Davidson Leadership Award and Leadership Alumni Award


To graduate, a minimum of 90% attendance is required. Absenteeism will result in being dropped from the program.  Program tuition is non-refundable.