• Chamber Foundation opens applications for the 2023-24 Leadership in the Valley class

  • March 2023. The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce Foundation is pleased to announce applications for the 5th Leadership in the Valley (LITV) ‘Class of 2024’ have opened.  Applications will close on July 24, 2023.

    The LITV program is designed to bring emerging and existing leaders together who welcome the opportunity to expand their involvement in community affairs and are willing to explore new leadership responsibilities in the community, enhance and grow their personal leadership skills, form beneficial professional relationships, stimulate an understanding of the forces and trends affecting the area; and become involved with a community project. 

    Now, in its fourth year, the LITV program will graduate 24 cohort learners at a formal graduation ceremony in May of 2023 at 7 Vines Vineyard and Winery. To date, the LITV program has had over 55 community businesses and organizations go through the program, and has had countless presenters and sponsors who have exposed the co-hort to the challenges, opportunities, and vital issues affecting the valley. 

    “Anyone who would like to learn about the economic and community framework of the Stillwater area in order to become a more appreciative and involved citizen should consider Leadership in the Valley, “ stated Bob Manning, Career Pathways Coordinator, Stillwater Area High School. “Having lived here for over 20 years, I can say that I looked forward each month to how much I am going to learn. I have really valued getting to know the network of people participating for the sole purpose of improving and sustaining the wonderful community in which we live,” he continued.

    The LITV program consists of a nine-month commitment, one-day a month, with day-long sessions and requires a personal investment to the community and LITV classmates. The curriculum design of each program day session includes themes such as public safety and law, education, business, community and the arts, wellness, law, government, environment, and more. The LITV Program will also require the students to participate in a community service project during the program. The cohort learners will make a difference in the community by giving back, learning, and developing leadership skills both personally and professionally and after graduation will assume a role as an LITV Alumni.

    The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce serves cities from Marine on St. Croix to Afton, Bayport, Lake Elmo, Lakeland, Lakeland Shores, Stillwater and all the townships in the region. We invite all residents and businesses an opportunity to apply for the LITV program. The 2024 class launches in September of 2023. 

    Details can be found at the Greater Stillwater Chamber’s website.


    • September 13 2023: Welcome Reception (evening event)

    • September 14, 2023: Kick Off

    • October 12, 2023: Community & the Arts

    • November 19, 2023: Government

    • December 14, 2023: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

    • January 11, 2024: Health & Wellness

    • February 8, 2024: Education

    • March 14, 2024: Business & Economic Development 

    • April 11, 2024: Public Safety & Law

    • May 8, 2024: Agriculture & Environment

    • May 9, 2024: Graduation Ceremony (evening event)

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