NY-PENN Leadership begins 15th year

Business leaders, students meet for orientation

The NY-PENN Leadership program kicked off its 15th year Wednesday with an orientation session at the Rail House Restaurant in Waverly.

The 14-member class of 2014 - including business managers, community officials and students - spent the day meeting one another, learning about the program and discussing basic leadership topics. The program prepares local leaders to serve as well-informed and active civic trustees.

The class, facilitated for the second year by Amy Brennan, will meet every two weeks through May to learn new skills and explore different facets of leadership.

This year, the class will participate in sessions focused around economic development and planning, government, history and culture, non-profit organizations, public safety, diversity, health care, volunteerism and education, according to the program schedule.

Brennan, owner of website and software training business Amy B. Geek, said this year's class will participate in exciting opportunities.

In addition to listening to speakers including state Rep. Tina Pickett and Lee Ann Tinney of Tioga County Economic Development and Planning, the class will also join with Leadership Tioga in a first-time trip to Tioga Downs Casino, she said.

During the public safety session, the class will tour the Tioga County Jail in Owego, N.Y. and the county communication center. Members will also go through the entire process of solving a murder case during their full-day trip, Brennan said.

The class includes four high school students - one each from Sayre, Athens and Waverly high schools, sponsored by the Valley Economic Development Association, and one from Wyalusing Valley High School, Brennan said.

Employees of First Citizens Community Bank, Masco Cabinetry, Leprino Foods, Morgan Stanley, Williams Auto Group, Employment Solutions, Porter's Concrete and Vulcraft also attend the program this year.

Those interested in participating in the leadership program must fill out an application highlighting their education, work experience, personal achievements and community activities. The program's advisory board chooses up to 25 participants from the applications.

Amanda Renko can be reached at (570) 888-9652; or email: arenko@thedailyreview.com.