Community Leadership & Civic Development

Community Leadership Programs

First Tennessee Development District (FTDD) participated in an Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) initiative to increase the leadership capacity in each county served by ARC in Northeast Tennessee.  At the time of this initiative, Sullivan County (Kingsport & Bristol) and Washington County (Johnson City) had well-established community leadership programs.  The staff of these established programs, FTDD staff, and, ARC staff directed workshops providing assistance to  help the remaining six counties to the establish ongoing, self-sustaining community leadership programs.  District staff, certified in Community Trusteeship Leadership Development, 21-Century Leadership Skills, and LeadershipPlenty, continue to provide technical assistance to the Northeast Tennessee leadership programs.

The goal of community leadership programs is to ensure that communities have capable leaders now and into the future; to enhance and further develop the skills of the current and emerging leaders.  First Tennessee Development District provides technical assistance to the leadership programs serving the eight Northeast Tennessee counties in the form of program day facilitation and curriculum development.  Adult leadership programs are recognized by the State of Tennessee as an integral segment of community development.  The value of leadership development is further recognized through the fact that counties and municipalities cannot apply for Tennessee's Three-Star Certification if the pre-requisite leadership development program is not in place.

FTDD also serves as the liaison for the Tri-Cities Tennessee/Virginia Regional Leadership Council.  The main purpose of the Council is to organize, plan and implement the annual Tri-Cities TN/VA Regional Leadership Day where the current year's leadership program participants come together to develop an extended network of business associates and receive continuing leadership skills training. 

Tennessee Association of Community Leadership (TACL) is the state-wide association of the Tennessee's leadership programs.  TACL's mission is to enhance the ability of community leadership programs to develop a pool of diverse, skilled and inspired community leaders.  This mission is partly accomplished through the annual TACL conference which offers statewide networking and program improvement ideas.  Regional leadership workshops in the three grand divisions of Tennessee provide additional opportunities to improve programs. 

For further information about the Tri-Cities TN/VA region's community leadership programs:

Regional Councils

Carter County 

Brenda Whitehead
American Red Cross
P.O. Box 178
Elizabethton, TN  37644
(423) 957-1456
Regional Council – Carter County 

Hancock County

Sandy Columber
1922 Main Street
Sneedville, TN  37869
(423) 733-2080
Regional Council – Hancock County

Johnson County

Karla Prudhomme
Johnson Co. Econ & Comm. Dev.
222 W. Main Street
Mountain City, TN   37683
(423) 727-7047

Regional Council – Leadership Johnson County

Sullivan County

Vickie Snodgrass
Leadership Kingsport
P. O. Box 1403
Kingsport, TN   37662
(423) 392-8816

Regional Council – Leadership Kingsport

Washington County TN

Elisa Britt
Johnson City Chamber of Comm.
603 East Market Street                      
Johnson City, TN   37601
(423) 461-8000

Regional Council – Leadership 2015

Greene County

Jennifer Reynolds
Greene County Partnership
115 Academy Street
Greeneville, TN  37743
(423) 638-4111

Regional Council – Greene County

Unicoi County

Cathy Huskins
Erwin/Unicoi County Chamber
100 S. Main Avenue
Erwin, TN   37650
(423) 743-3000
Regional Council – Unicoi County Tomorrow

Sullivan County

Paula Hurt
Bristol TN/VA Chamber
P.O. Box 519
Bristol, VA   24203-0519
(423) 989-4850
Regional Council – Lead Bristol

Hawkins County

Nancy Barker
Hawkins Co. Chamber of Comm.
107 E. Main Street, Ste 100
Rogersville, TN   37857
(423) 272-2186
Regional Council – Leadership Hawkins

Washington County VA

Barry Firebaugh
Abingdon Computer Technology
P. O. Box 1773
Abingdon, VA   24210
(276) 623-1831
Regional Council - Washington Co VA