Leadership Mohawk Valley was created in 1990 to develop and utilize the leadership talent of professionals from the community. This 10-month leadership program provides individuals with opportunities for personal leadership development, presentation skill-building, and a better understanding of group dynamics, team leadership, and the value of networking, as well as a better understanding of the key issues and challenges that the Mohawk Valley faces.

One of the unique aspects of the LMV program is the placement of individuals into teams of eight to twelve members who work together on team projects in an attempt to resolve or more forward an issue or challenge. New this year, projects address issues with regard to five key areas in the Mohawk Valley: Arts & Culture, Economic Development, Education, Income and Health. Unlike recent years, this year groups will work with issues rather than with specific nonprofit organizations, with input and guidance from both the Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties and The United Way of the Valley & Greater Utica.

This year’s Class of 2015 project teams are working on the following issues/challenges:

  • Arts & Culture: working with CNY Arts Council to better build/develop a user base for an online calendar/portal specific to the Mohawk Valley
  • Economic Development: enhance/expand/rebrand “Call Mohawk Valley Home” (former LMV project in conjunction with Mohawk Valley EDGE)
  • Education: work with the Literacy Coalition on increasing literacy for 0-8 year olds, including marketing plan and initial roll-out in two local school districts
  • Health: work with the United Way roll-out of the 211 system to develop an ambassador program, including marketing and collateral materials
  • Income: work with multiple local organizations with regard to financial literacy and better access to financial literacy information and programs

Project presentations from each of the five teams will be done in May, preceding the Class of 2015 Graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 13, 2015.