Project 17 wins $1 million regional leadership training
The Kansas Leadership Center has announced that Project 17 - the Southeast Kansas regionalization initiative - has won $1 million in leadership training through the Center's Academy for Team Leadership initiative.
The Academy for Team Leadership is designed to help turn the tide on a tough public issue. The Leadership Center will provide immersion-style, leadership training for up to four years, for up to 400 southeast Kansans. This effort will foster leadership skills and a greater understanding of southeast Kansas' strengths and challenges as a region.
"We were looking for a partnership with a creative, committed organization ready to roll up its sleeves and go to work on a problem," said KLC President and CEO Ed O'Malley. "We found a great partner in Project 17 that recognizes the value of empowering the next generation of southeast Kansas leaders."
Project 17 is a regionalization initiative named after the 17 counties traditionally considered southeast Kansas. It emerged from a joint effort of the four southeast Kansas senators: Pat Apple, Jeff King, Bob Marshall, and Dwayne Umbarger. The foundation of Project 17, established by the hundreds of participants at the November 2011 southeast Kansas summit, is that Southeast Kansas must work together for our common good, or the region will fail separately.
"The key to vibrant communities and a strong southeast Kansas is local leadership," said Senator Jeff King. "This exciting partnership between Project 17 and the Leadership Center will provide new regional leaders with the tools to improve the lives of southeast Kansans."
Project 17 is focused on the four items identified by participants at the November 2011 summit: (1) economic growth; (2) improved health outcomes; (3) promoting regional leadership; and (4) creating a permanent structure to ensure a long-term regional effort. The Academy for Team Leadership will form the cornerstone of Project 17's leadership efforts.
"The Kansas Leadership Center will bring a serious leadership effort that is focused on the 17 counties of Southeast Kansas," said Senator Apple. "We are very pleased to have this effort as part of Project 17."
Project 17 was selected for the Academy for Team Leadership from approximately 100 interested parties and 21 final applicants. The Visioneering Wichita Health Alliance has also been selected for an Academy for Team Leadership award.
"We have a strong tradition of leadership in Southeast Kansas," said Senator Umbarger. "This is an opportunity to build on that tradition and make sure we continue to have the leadership we need to jump start the region's economy and bring more good-paying jobs back to Southeast Kansas."
The Leadership Center will begin meeting soon with Project 17 to plan the initial trainings, which could begin as early as this year. KLC officials will attend the next meeting of the Project 17 Steering Committee at 9:00 a.m. in Iola on April 13 to discuss the next phase of the Academy for Team Leadership project.
"I want to thank Senator King and the Leadership Working Group of Project 17 for their outstanding work with the Kansas Leadership Center," said Senator Marshall. "This program will help prepare our southeast Kansas leaders for a brighter future."
The Kansas Leadership Center opened in 2007 with a multi-year, renewable grant from The Kansas Health Foundation, and is charged with fostering civic leadership for stronger, healthier and more prosperous communities.
I am proud to call Pat Apple my senator and also Project 17 as my customer!
Until next time!