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Jun 24, 2020

We pre-recorded today's episode of The Valley Business Today via Zoom with Jody Wall, Director of Program Development for the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber to talk about their Community Leadership Program. Joining us on the screen was Charles Daniels, current ToVRC board member & 2019-2020 CLP participant. We discussed the longevity of the program now entering it's 24th year, the information participants learn about their community and the long-lasting impact it has on their leadership & community commitment. Purpose - To foster leadership potential in the community in order to ensure continued growth and development in our region. Objectives - Encourage participants to develop the skills and access resources needed to provide the leadership to address community needs.  To enhance an understanding of the complex issues facing the communities of Clarke and Frederick Counties and the City of Winchester through:

  • Educational programs which broaden knowledge of the area and of the critical issues affecting this region.
  • Exposure to local government, education systems, businesses and non-profit organizations.
  • Introductions to community leaders and local decision makers.

Program - The program consists of nine full day monthly sessions September and through May. Session topics include Leadership/Teamwork, Community Culture, Agriculture/Media, Education, Public Safety, Government/Economic Development, Health Care, Simulated Society, and Community Problem Solving. The sessions are led by a combination of community leaders, professional facilitators, and specialists in the respective fields. These programs are designed to provide insight into the challenges and opportunities that exist in Clarke and Frederick Counties and Winchester. Participants - Between twenty-five and thirty participants who either reside or are employed in Clarke County, Frederick County or the City of Winchester will be selected based on an application process. Attendance - Mandatory attendance at each monthly session is strictly monitored and enforced. Because of the required time commitment the support of the participant’s employer is essential. Tuition - Tuition may be paid by either the participant or the employer. Limited scholarships may be available and are awarded based on need.  The tuition for the 2020-21 program year is $750 for Chamber members, $950 for non-members. A $25 non-refundable administration fee is included in the cost and required with the completed application. Graduates - Graduates of the Community Leadership Program will receive a certificate of accomplishment. The Community Leadership Program will facilitate leadership opportunities for its graduates by providing a pool of available individuals to regional organizations who are qualified to fill leadership roles necessary for the continued development of the community. For more information about registration (which ends on June 30, 2020) contact Jody Wall via email: or visit the chamber's website: If you'd like to watch today's episode (including pre/post show conversation) visit our YouTube channel: