A new batch of community leaders

Wednesday saw the completion of another year of the Leadership Weirton program, offered through the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce.

Eight individuals completed this year’s program, taking part in the various sessions, offering their time to volunteer in the community and organizing a group service project.

I offer them my congratulations and hope they enjoyed their experience, while also learning something along the way.

The class’ service project, by the way, was working on the parking area at the J.C. Williams Soccer Complex, so if you see the new wooden beams helping to delineate parking spaces, you know who to thank for the work.

It was a small group, but they were able to accomplish a great deal, and hopefully it is appreciated by the community.

This is a program I went through 10 years ago. Soon after, I became more involved in its oversight as a member of the chamber’s Education Committee.

Leadership Weirton is designed to encourage members of our area’s business community to take a larger role in their business, but also in their community.

It is a hands-on program, where the majority of the activities are planned by the class, not the chamber.

The Education Committee already is working to recruit the next class, and I would encourage all of our area businesses to consider sponsoring one of their employees.

Perhaps you have someone you feel would be good in a leadership position at your company. Maybe someone you would like to see take on a bigger role?

As part of Leadership Weirton, they will have an opportunity to meet individuals they otherwise may not have had to chance to know, learn more about working together and get additional insight into various elements of our Ohio Valley.

They will learn about the local history and culture, economic development efforts, educational systems, government, and healthcare.

They may also learn a little more about themselves.

They will work with individuals associated with all of those topics in our region, learning from them and each other.

While participation has seen smaller classes in the last few years, this is a program I believe in. It has benefits for individuals and our business community.

Leadership Weirton is open to any area businesses. You don’t have to be in Weirton, and the activities aren’t limited to the city, either.

I would encourage anyone interested in this program to contact the Weirton Chamber for more information on how to enroll.

(Howell, a resident of Colliers, is managing editor of The Weirton Daily Times, and can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com or followed on Twitter @CHowellWDT)