Chamber needs future leaders

What is the most important and most necessary trait that an increasingly successful county like Coweta requires to succeed? People are likely to say a quality school system or economic development effort. You likely would also hear effective government, or ethics, or health care or others. But I would offer that the single most important strength that allows all of the above to occur is leadership.

Leadership is widely acknowledged to be the foundation that all other desired outcomes rely upon, and it's with very good reason. Without it, the strongest community will begin to deteriorate the day that its leadership wanes. It is easy to make a list of once strong and proud communities that are struggling today. Detroit is the latest example of a once strong and desirable city failing from within due to poor or lacking leadership.

That may be an extreme example, but without a constant supply of new leaders, every community will be looking to past glories wistfully. Coweta has come too far to coast now, and we can continue to get better. We have been blessed with capable, competent and committed leaders and need to continue to develop them for our future strength as one of the best counties in Georgia.

Since 1995, the Newnan-Coweta Chamber has overseen an annual Leadership Coweta program to provide for a supply of leadership to merge with current leaders and provide the ballast of community leadership for the future.

The 2013-2014 Leadership Coweta program is still accepting applications until Aug. 7. The program strives to produce a balanced class of leaders without regard to gender, race, and type of business or community-oriented service. It provides an educational backdrop of all the ingredients that make a community what it is, including government, economic development, health care, regional leadership, and arts and non-profits.

If you are a committed person who wants to be a part of the leadership for Coweta's future, call the Chamber for more information at 770.253.2270 or visit our website at www.newnancowetachamber. org.

(Candace Boothby is President and CEO of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce.)

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