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Leadership NOW: Application, selection period open for next class

FLINT — Leadership NOW – Optimizing Leadership Effectiveness is seeking qualified candidates for its intensive, yearlong leadership development program, which kicks off March 17.

The competitive program is designed for executives, board members, elected officials and other business professionals who want to build their leadership skills and learn how to develop effective partnerships and collaborative initiatives.

“Our community needs a network of leaders who can work together to bring positive change to Flint and Genesee,” said George Wilkinson, Group Vice President at the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, which administers the program in partnership with United Way of Genesee County. “Leadership NOW addresses that need by cultivating the professional growth of high-potential leaders from the region’s public, private and nonprofit sectors.”

Applicants for the program’s second session are required to attend one of six recruitment sessions, to be held at the Chamber offices, at 519 S. Saginaw St., Flint, and the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, at 500 S. Saginaw St., Flint. — G.G.

State of the State program cover contest announced

GENESEE COUNTY — Students in the 51st House District have a chance to compete with other students across Michigan from elementary to high school for a chance to meet Gov. Rick Snyder and attend the State of the State address on Jan. 19.

Rep. Joseph Graves encourages the students of his district to take part in a contest to design the cover art for the 2016 State of the State program.

“Our students have the chance to show their creativity and imagination,” said Rep. Graves, R-Argentine Township. “Michigan has a great tradition of creative people, and these kids will be the next generation to do that.”

Students can submit their designs today through Jan. 3. The top five designs — judged by their creativity and originality – will be announced through social media on Jan. 5 and posted on Snyder’s Facebook page. The winning design will be determined by which one receives the most ‘Likes’ on Facebook by the end of the day on Jan. 8.

Contest entries should be sized to fit on a 5.5 inch x 8.5 inch cover. Students on a separate sheet should include their name, phone number, address, and email address, as well as their parent or guardian’s name, phone number, address, and email address, with their submissions.

Students can submit their designs by email to SOTS@michigan.gov or via mail to: Governor Snyder’s Communications Office at 111 South Capitol Avenue, P.O. Box 30013, Lansing, Michigan 48909. — G.G.


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