Time is running out to apply for the Montgomery Citizens’ Leadership Academy (MCLA) Class of 2019. The application period ends September 30.
From its creation in 2008, MCLA has viewed local government as a “subset” of the larger community. Neighborhoods, businesses, schools, religious institutions and others are all equally important. That is why MCLA calls on some of our community partners such as Ohio National Financial Services, Sycamore Community Schools, Bethesda Hospital and Twin Lakes Senior Living Community to share their stories with the participants. The City, with these partners, seeks to provide a well-rounded experience for those wishing to “look behind the curtain” of our Montgomery community.
With MCLA now celebrating its twelfth year in 2019, it is important that we recognize the critical role these partners play in the success of the Academy. Most leadership academies sponsored by cities across the country provide a lecture style overview of local government services. A city staff member will stand up in front of a group of residents and share the importance and effectiveness of the services they provide. Many times, it is only designed to persuade the participants that local government is a value for their money.
The Montgomery Citizens’ Leadership Academy (MCLA) has received national recognition for being something different. The City of Montgomery and their partners try to do things a little more creatively. Many journey into MCLA with the mistaken notion that local government has all the answers. The City views MCLA as an opportunity for two-way dialogue with residents, seeing residents as a valuable resource in refining services and planning for the future. MCLA participants are seen as partners in struggling with the tough questions facing the community. Workshops are designed to harvest the aggregate knowledge and experiences of Montgomery’s most important stakeholders.
With over 290 graduates, one of your neighbors is probably an MCLA alumnus or alumnae. Ask them about “The Coolest Community Experience You’ll Ever Have.” If you are interested in applying for MCLA. Visit the web site, montgomeryohio.org or call Ray Kingsbury, director of citizen engagement, at 513-792-8359.