As part of its commitment to strengthening rural communities, the Blandin Foundation is making its Blandin Community Leadership Program (BCLP) available to residents engaged in the Lake City area. This is the second time BCLP training has been available for the Lake City area. Examples of how BCLP alumni have used the strategies and skills learned in this training include: advancing community cooperation, addressing issues of ethnic and cultural diversity, promoting tourism, creating economic development opportunities, addressing the needs of seniors, dealing creatively with health, housing, and education issues, and violence reduction, among others. A committee of local residents is actively seeking applicants. All those interested in the future of the Lake City area are invited to apply to participate in this nationally recognized program.
Deadline to apply is Monday, August 14, 2017. Applications can be accessed and completed online at: leadership.blandinfoundation.org (Under Events, click on your community). Ultimately, a community team of 24 people will be selected to take part in eight days of training – a five-day residential retreat scheduled for October 9-13, 2017 at Sugar Lake Lodge south of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and three follow-up workshops scheduled for November 21, 2017, January 30, 2018, and March 20, 2018. BCLP is underwritten by Blandin Foundation, which covers all costs for training, materials, food, lodging and tuition.
Additional information about BCLP can be obtained by contacting local BCLP alum: Erick Enger at 507.923.0796 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Katie Himanga at 651.380.9680 or email@example.com; Becky Adams at 887.882.2257/ firstname.lastname@example.org; or Senja Morque at email@example.com of the Blandin Foundation.