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Community Leadership

Community Leadership Wenatchee Valley is a nine month commitment to personal growth, professional development, and community awareness. Participants develop a broad knowledge of the Wenatchee Valley and key issues facing the region as they hear from community leaders and tour local facilities. Participants become a strong network of informed and motivated citizen leaders who guide the future growth of the Wenatchee Valley. Whether you have lived in the area for a short time or for decades, CLWV will open your eyes to new challenges and opportunities and the role you can play in the future of the region.

Topics Covered:

  • Economic Development
  • Hydropower
  • Agriculture
  • Public Safety
  • Technology
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Social & Health Services
  • Outdoor Recreation/Tourism
  • Local Government
  • State Government/Trip to Olympia

Class size is limited so applicants are encouraged to apply early.  Tuition for 2023-24 is $875 for Chamber members and $950 for non-members.  Scholarships available upon request.

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There are 9 sessions beginning in September. Classes are typically held from 8:30am to 4pm on one Friday per month, dates to come. Locations vary each month between Chelan and Douglas County facilities. Lunch is included. 

Successful completion of the program ends with a graduation celebration bike ride on the Apple Capital Loop Trail and BBQ in June. Graduates are then invited to become members of the CLWV Alumni Group. 

Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce
137 N Wenatchee Avenue, Suite 101
Wenatchee, WA 98801

What did graduates have to say...

“It was a valuable opportunity to network with a number of community leaders while experiencing diverse exposure to businesses and other organizations in our community”

Tom Robbins
Chief of Police - retired
Wenatchee Police Department 

“Having the opportunity to meet a group of business leaders and develop relationships that have continued through the years has been invaluable. Learning about and touring many of the different businesses that operate in our communities opened our eyes to what all our valley has to offer. It was a great experience."

Lynn Bourton, PHR
Administrative Services Manager
Link Transit

“It was a very educational and helpful program to have the opportunity to learn more about organizations and companies in our valley.  Also, a wonderful resource to network with other professionals in different fields. I thoroughly enjoyed the program.”

Carole Keane
Managing Broker
Coldwell Banker LaVigne

“The WVCC Leadership Program provides a fantastic opportunity to learn from one another, share operational and leadership strategies across a host of industries and develop within each of us the capacity to not only lead within our own industries but in the greater community as well.”

George Velasquez
Chelan PUD