Levering Local Leaders, a program in partnership with BizWest, has opened applications for the 2022 class.
L3 was founded to recruit and train a group of leaders in northern Colorado to run for a local office or engage in local politics to solve community issues. Qualified candidates should have an interest in working to find solutions and elevate the political conversation through genuine civil discourse.
“I would recommend to anyone who has the ability to take the L3 course to do so, whether you are ready to show up to an office or not,” Solitaire Svoboda, who graduated from the program in 2021, said in a written statement. “As a potential candidate, information on issues and politics, as well as specific topics related to running a campaign, is invaluable. While the classroom topics were excellent, it was the interaction with classmates of various affiliations or political leanings, beliefs and interests that I found most beneficial. The diversity in our classroom has led to questions, discussion, and an understanding of the larger picture of our community as a whole, not just the limited view of one person or a demographic. I gained a lot of knowledge in this course, but I also gained friendships, wisdom and an increased passion for my community and the desire to see it prosper.
L3 is a six month program that meets one day per month. The course curriculum includes information to help candidates know how to run an effective campaign. It also includes information on politics and governance so that participants are ready to rule on day one if elected.
“We have partnered with this endeavor because local governments are essential to our local economies and create a space where pragmatic leaders who wish to find solutions to some of our greatest challenges have a voice and the support to present themselves to the local elections. With the ever-growing political divide, it’s important to approach local government from a non-partisan perspective for the future of our region, ”said Jeff Nuttall, editor of BizWest.
Since its inception in 2021, L3 has added partners including the Fort Collins and Loveland Chambers of Commerce.
“The Fort Collins area chamber understands the importance of having strong, pragmatic leaders in the local offices of communities in northern Colorado. To have a non-partisan program in place now that is working to recruit and train these leaders to be ready to run in local elections is fantastic. We need leaders who truly understand the issues facing northern Colorado before they begin. L3 prepares the next generation of leaders to keep northern Colorado thriving, ”Ann Hutchison, president of the Fort Collins area Chamber of Commerce, said in a written statement.
Interested participants can find out more and apply at: https://www.leavinglocalleaders.com/
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