Leadership Boulder County is an annual program of the Boulder Chamber designed to develop leaders who are informed, involved and concerned about issues that affect Boulder County. Participants are given a broader view of civic leadership through direct contact with a variety of institutions and people who shape the community.

The Camera is a sponsor of Leadership Boulder County, and our staff looks forward to hosting media day every year.

It’s a prestigious, rigorous program, and I owe much of my success to it. I’m a proud graduate of Leadership Boulder County, as are our publisher Al Manzi and our classified advertising manager Mary Romano. The relationships and networks I built during the program are solid to this day, both on a personal and professional level. Leadership Boulder County had such an impact on me that I chaired the program in 2000, and I am no less enthusiastic about it today.

Leadership Boulder County requires Boulder Chamber membership, a tuition of $795 and a time commitment of every other Wednesday from January 18 to June 6. The investments are well worth it.

Submit your application now to join the ranks of the Leadership Boulder County Class of 2012. Visit boulderchamber.com to apply by next Monday, Dec. 26. You won’t regret it.