The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for its 2013-2014 Leadership Chattanooga class.

Leadership Chattanooga is a 10-month leadership development program that accepts people who are showing promise early or mid-career, then familiarizes them with community issues and services. The class also helps develop their leadership skills to prepare them for prominent business, cultural and political roles.

The classes are coordinated by the Chattanooga Chamber Foundation and are designed to be informative, challenging and motivational. The classes allow for interaction with the community’s top leadership and familiarity with key agencies and institutions, as well as community service team projects.

The class meets monthly to focus on aspects of leadership and community issues.


“The Leadership Chattanooga Program is designed to increase awareness of community history, local needs and the importance of excellent leadership,” Julie Baumgardner, executive director of First Things First and chair of the Leadership Chattanooga Curriculum Committee, said in a prepared statement. “We expose participants to the big picture, help them identify their leadership skills and encourage them to think critically about the issues.”

Nominations for the 2013-2014 class may be submitted by an individual, company or organization and are due by March 8. You can also nominate yourself.

Officials said that the local chamber makes a diligent effort to choose participants who represent a cross-section of the community in terms of sex, race, age and occupation. A maximum number of 40 participants will be accepted.

Once a prospective participant is nominated, he or she will receive instructions for accessing the online application by mail. Reference statements by the applicant’s employer and an individual of choice are required to complete the application. A hard copy of the application should be returned to the chamber by April 9.

For more information about the program, contact Diane Parks, chamber director of leadership and community development, at423-763-4353or[email protected].