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Become a community leader
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Leah Poole - photo by Photo provided.

Citizen involvement in leadership efforts is decreasing, and the need to identify, train and transform leaders who can fulfill leadership roles in the community is increasing.

For this reason, the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce applied for and was granted permission to host a community leadership program by the Fanning Institute that began with an inaugural class in 2004.

Leadership Liberty is a program designed to inspire positive change in Liberty County through the training of community leaders for public service.  

During an 11-session leadership curriculum, participants are provided with an understanding of the complexities of economic and community development, as well as an appreciation for the rich cultural heritage of our county.  

The program is open to anyone who wishes to make a difference in the future of our community, region and state. The program endeavors to involve a diverse citizenry of all ages, races, genders and professions.  However, as Leadership Liberty’s focus is to nurture established, emerging and potential community leaders, admission to the program is necessarily selective.  A selection committee goes through applications each August to choose the best and brightest emerging leaders to participate.

Participants learn how to become even more efficient and successful as they lead and serve, as well as an ability to rise to the challenge of developing more dynamic leadership traits, or build on existing skills and experiences.

The program has an overall goal of learning how to maximize the impact that time, dedication and hard work makes in our local community.

The Leadership Liberty program uses techniques that emphasize personal reflection, growth and new strategies to implement in the participants own meaningful work. It is a learning process intended to help local residents acquire the attitudes, skills and abilities required for active participation that guides community issues toward a brighter future by growing as leaders to develop personally and improve our community.

Sessions include county government, tourism, city government, state government, economic development, public health, public education, higher education and Fort Stewart.

Take advantage of this unique offer by signing up in August to participate. For more information, go to

Poole is the CEO of the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce and the Liberty County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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