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About ELP


The Emerging Leadership Program (ELP) exists to sustain and create a network of community leaders in northwest and west central Minnesota focusing on agriculture and natural resource issues. The goal of the ELP is to provide opportunities for individuals to develop their leadership potential and a structure to bring together leaders of the region to address rural issues.

View ELP eligible counties (PDF)

The ELP is based on the philosophy that effective leadership can be learned and that leaders grow into positions of leadership, motivated by a sense of responsibility for themselves and their communities. This is carried out through:


  • Leadership Training - four sessions (56 hours of training) focused on opportunities for participants to strengthen leadership and networking skills

  • Community Building - activities to build networks (social capital) as participants learn new ideas and develop relationships for future collaborative work, and

  • Public Recognition - local and regional recognition events are included because program sponsors believe rural leaders deserve recognition for their leadership and contributions to communities.

The target audience for the Emerging Leadership Program is couples (although individuals are sometimes selected) who show leadership potential in their communities. Participants are identified by the program alumni and program sponsors in each county and invited by them to take part.

The current program brochure (PDF) will provide you with a few more details about the program, including the current training schedule and contact information.

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