Cohort will meet the second Wednesday of the month from September through May 2019

Oregon City Chamber of Commerce's new NEXT Leaders community leadership program will immerse participants in a nine-month series of full-day courses about various aspects of critical issues facing the region: entrepreneurship, education, health care, government, arts, environment, history and nonprofits.

The cohort will meet the second Wednesday of the month from September through May 2019.

"The purpose of NEXT," said Michael Brand, executive director of the OC chamber, "is to prepare emerging leaders by giving them a 360 degree understanding of the forces shaping our community."

Michael BrandBrand elaborated by stressing this type of holistic thinking is crucial as Oregon City undergoes rapid change: "The biggest influencers in the coming years will be those with a strategic awareness of how all things interconnect."

Oregon City Library Director Maureen Cole was spurred to enroll two of her library staff members in the upcoming NEXT program.

"I knew this would help strengthen our organization. It's a beautiful opportunity," Cole said.

"There are three types of people who most benefit from these community leadership programs," Brand said. "Newcomers to the area craving immediate impact, rising young talents needing to build a network, and seasoned professionals aspiring to be bigger influencers."

Enrollment is limited to 20. Tuition for the program is $550 for members of the OC Chamber or Oregon City Business Alliance and $650 for the public. For more information, contact Michael Brand at 814-933-1408 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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