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) www.leadershiptennessee.com 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:
American Red Cross
P.O. Box 178
Elizabethton, TN 37644
Regional Council – Carter County
1922 Main Street
Sneedville, TN 37869
Regional Council – Hancock County
Johnson Co. Econ & Comm. Dev.
222 W. Main Street
Mountain City, TN 37683
Regional Council – Leadership Johnson County
P. O. Box 1403
Kingsport, TN 37662
Regional Council – Leadership Kingsport
Washington County TN
Johnson City Chamber of Comm.
603 East Market Street
Johnson City, TN 37601
Regional Council – Leadership 2015
Greene County Partnership
115 Academy Street
Greeneville, TN 37743
Regional Council – Greene County
Erwin/Unicoi County Chamber
100 S. Main Avenue
Erwin, TN 37650
Regional Council – Unicoi County Tomorrow
Bristol TN/VA Chamber
P.O. Box 519
Bristol, VA 24203-0519
Regional Council – Lead Bristol
Hawkins Co. Chamber of Comm.
107 E. Main Street, Ste 100
Rogersville, TN 37857
Regional Council – Leadership Hawkins
Washington County VA
Abingdon Computer Technology
P. O. Box 1773
Abingdon, VA 24210
Regional Council - Washington Co VA