Cambridge Community Leadership Program

Posted on 07/24/2018

Cambridge Economic Development and the Cambridge Chamber are working together to implement the Cambridge Community Leadership Program starting this fall. Ten to 20 individuals will complete the program, which will include monthly daylong sessions through April 2019.


Participants will meet as a group for six days over six months to improve their leadership skills, learn more about businesses, government, and organizations in the community, improve their relationships with other community leaders, and complete a community improvement project.

“Developing leaders is a key to the future success of all rural communities, so we are being proactive to provide a program dedicated to this,” said Tom Shoemaker, President of Pinpoint Communication and Cambridge Economic Development.

Leadership development will be completed through projects in class, based on material from The Leadership Challenge by James Kouzes and Barry Posner. Major topics covered will include modeling the way, inspiring a shared vision, challenging the process, enabling others to act, and encouraging the heart. In addition to the classroom activities, individuals will also participate in three one on one coaching sessions around strengths and improving leadership skills based on their individual survey feedback.

The program will use strategic planning and project management skills to develop and execute a community improvement plan. “To learn leadership, it is important to act on what you are learning — and the community improvement project allows the group to do this,” said Andy Long, who will facilitate the program.

Long is has served in leadership roles in education, communities, with Gallup Polls and has led the leadership training portion of Leadership Custer County and the Southwest Nebraska Leadership Institution.

The cost of the program is $350 a person, but Cambridge Economic Development is offering scholarships for individuals to complete the program. Cambridge Economic Development and Cambridge Chamber are recruiting individuals to participate in the program and businesses to sponsor employees to attend.

Local committee members leading the leadership effort include Shoemaker, Deb Herzberg, Marcie Houghtelling, Jodi Cobb, Judy Jackson, and Logan Baker. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Andy Long at andrew@cultivateruralleaders.com or 308.737.5777