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Leadership Longview collects record amount of applications

By Richard Yeakley
July 23, 2014 at 11 p.m.


The professional leadership course held by the Longview Chamber of Commerce took in nearly twice the number of applications than available spots for the 2014-15 year.

Chamber president Kelly Hall said 45 people submitted applications for the Leadership Longview program, with candidates vying for 25 positions.

"We have never had (this many), and that is a direct result of the volunteers," Hall said.

"We held a CEO lunch-and-learn, and we held two at-large lunch-and-learns for the community, and we had well over 100 people ... come in just to learn about the program as a tool to implement or strengthen within their companies' management processes."

The program, which drew 34 applicants this past year, has been in Longview since 1981.

Hall said she hopes the 20 applicants who are not accepted become the first in a large pool for the 2015-16.

"We could have two classes," she said, adding that they will keep the program to 25 people to provide a high-quality experience.

Candidates accepted to the program should know by the end of July.

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