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The Chamber is proud to host Leadership Washington, a nine session program designed to educate civic-minded individuals about current issues and concerns which face the Washington Area. The nominees get the inside look at:

  • Economic Development and Finance
  • Education
  • Health/Recreation
  • Business and Industry
  • City and County Government
  • Agriculture 
  • County History

 The program helps to build, strengthen and educate current and future leaders in our home town.

Congratulations to the class of 2017 - 2018. We hope you enjoyed your journey.


Class members of 2017 - 2018:

CLICK HERE for an application to reserve your spot in 2018 - 2019 

Frequently Asked Questions
What is Leadership Washington?
Leadership Washington is an intensive nine session program designed to educate civic-minded individuals about current issues and concerns which face the Washington area. Each of the nine sessions takes on a different theme to create a diverse area of knowledge about what goes on in Washington County including Economic Development, Social Services, Education, Government, Health Care, and Tourism. Meetings are held once a month on the second Wednesday, typically from 8am – 5pm, in various areas in the community.
How long has Leadership Washington been in existence?
Leadership Washington started in 1989 with the 1989-1990 class. There have been 28 classes and approximately 700 graduates of Leadership Washington since that time.
How are the classes selected?
Leadership Washington classes are selected from nominees who submit applications to the program. Nominees can be by referral or self-nomination and must be residents of Washington County or work in Washington County.
How large are the Leadership Washington classes?
Each year, not more than a total of 25 men and women are selected to participate in Leadership Washington classes. The intimate class size allows for an optimal learning experience and develops lasting friendships and businesses associations. 
If I receive a nomination letter, does that mean I have been selected to participate?
Unfortunately no, your nominating letter is a great first step, and one that you should be proud to receive. The next step is filling out and sending in the application; only when this is accomplished will a candidate be considered for the next class.
When is the Leadership Washington class selected?
In August of each year, class members are notified of their acceptance into the program and asked to make a commitment to participate.
What if I miss a class?
Attendance is critical to the success of the Leadership Washington experience. Class members who miss any part of a class may be asked to attend a session in the following year in order to complete the necessary requirements for the program. All applicants must understand that attendance is very high priority.
Reviews from the class of 2013-2014:

Joe Nichols, General Manager at KCII, and Leadership Washington Graduate said: “I thoroughly enjoyed all the classes and learned a lot. I recommend this class to anybody new to the community or even anyone who has lived here their whole life. There’s a lot to learn and take away from this class.” 
Washington County Public Health Administrator, Danielle Pettit – Majewski, said: “This was amazing! I learned so much and had a great time. Definitely a value added program.”
Recent Graduates: