The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

October 5, 2013

LEADERship offers opportunity to learn about the county in one day

ASHTABULA — Discover the Highlights of Ashtabula County during a one day, hands- on travel-workshop Oct. 25, sponsored by LEADERship Ashtabula County.

Discover the Highlights of Ashtabula County is one of LEADERship Ashtabula County’s core programs. It provides a one- of-a -kind opportunity to learn about our county with a small group of people in a short period of time.

During the full day-long tour, participants hear about Ashtabula County’s important issues and opportunities from area leaders in sectors such as government, business, natural resources, and education, and have the opportunity to experience the “behind the scenes” views of some of the area’s highlights.

They see examples of our unique natural environment, preserved historical sites and new areas to learn, recreate and relax. Participants truly discover the links between the assets in Ashtabula County and our quality of life.

The day begins early with a continental breakfast, lecturettes and first hand experiences. It involves going places and meeting key players in the county. From glaciers to economic development, from planning to preservation, from railroads to rail trails and much more.

Site visits include a local winery, covered bridge and scenic river, historic Footville, a dairy farm, the county Emergency Management Agency, and a taste of the arts. Newcomers and relocated professionals may find this day particularly beneficial, while long time county residents have claimed the day to be one of new view.

Every participant leaves the day with the discovery of new experiences, new historical information, and an up close view of some of the inner-workings of the area that exist here in the over 700 square miles of the largest county in Ohio.

Discover the Highlights of Ashtabula County is committed to providing participants with:

* An overview of Ashtabula County

* Exposure to County assets (natural and built) and some new initiatives

* Access to and interaction with current community leaders

* Encouragement toward involvement in our community and its future

 This program will be offered on Oct. 25. The fee is $125 per person, or $225 per couple. This includes the program, travel, resource materials and all meals. Group rates are also available.

The program has been designed by LEADERship Ashtabula County graduates taking a little from the best of each of the 10 LEADERship day programs.

Ashtabula County EMA Director Mike Fitchet is the 2013 chairperson. For more information or to register, call the LEADERship Office at 998-3888 or e-mail leadership@suite224.net.

LEADERship Ashtabula County is in the 26th year of fulfilling the organization’s mission to encourage, educate, and stimulate individuals to become more familiar with, interested in, and engaged in all facets of civic endeavor.

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