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  • About the Program

    Leadership Mecosta is a dynamic 9 month program for people who wish to connect with other leaders in the Mecosta County community. Members have the opportunity to learn leadership skills and principles, grow in serving the community, and lead into the future of Mecosta County. 

    Click Here for a printable 2016 - 2017 Brochure


  • The Leadership Mecosta program was honored as the 2015 annual Liberty Bell award recipient presented by the Mecosta-Osceola bar association. 
    Pictured: The Honorable Pete Jaklevic, LM facilitator - Scott Barger, MCACC executive director - Jennifer Heinzman and
    the Honorable Scott Hill-Kennedy.

  • The Leadership Mecosta is a nine-session leadership program designed to sharpen our community leaders in the areas of leadership and community connection.  

    The experience will kick off with an overnight team building retreat at Cran-Hill Ranch

    The participants will meet for workshops one day a month (2nd Thursday of the Month) for the remainder of the program. The workshops will consist of training modules, relevant books and articles, guest speakers, group discussions, research projects, and field experiences. Each Workshop will have large group and small group components so that each experience is engaging, valuable and memorable.

    DAY:    2nd Thursday of each month

    :  September  - May  (Beginning with Kick Off Retreat and ending with the Graduation Event.)

    TIME:  8:30am – 5:00pm

    LOCATION:  Various Business, Agencies, Community Rooms, and other Mecosta County Locations

    STUDENT POPULATION: Current, Future and Prospecive Business, Non-Profit and Governmental Agency Leaders of Mecosta County.

    CLASS SIZE: 15 - 25

    COST: $695 

  • Application

    Click here for a printable APPLICATION .

    All potential applicants will submit an application to be a part of the Leadershiop Mecosta program and will be informed when selected.  We encourage you to submit your application and begin the Leadership Mecosta journey today!

    For more information about Leadership Mecosta, please contact Leadership Mecosta Program Director, Scott Barger at (231) 250-9975 or bargersr@gmail.com

    Also, please feel free to contact the Chamber of Commerce at (231) 796-7649 or email info@mecostacounty.com.  

    Tuition assistance is available on a limited basis. Click here for SCHOLARSHIP guidelines and application

    Leadership Mecosta is a program of the Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce.



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  • Testimonials

    'We thoroughly enjoyed Leadership Mecosta. The program made us aware of many of the challenges and opportunities facing Big Rapids and Mecosta County. With the knowledge and skills acquired through Leadership Mecosta we are now in a much better position to contribute in a more meaningful way to the future of Mecosta County.'

    Honorable Judge Scott Hill-Kennedy
    49th Circuit Court


    “I benefited from Leadership Mecosta by interacting with other community leaders, meeting new friends and networking.  I learned more about their organizations and operations, and my eyes were opened to the growth in the county and the diverse businesses, farms, and organizations I visited.  I have lived here all my life and thought I knew Mecosta County well.  I was wrong.  There’s so much going on in our county that I wasn’t aware of.”

    Julie Tetsworth
    City of Big Rapids Finance Officer 


    'Leadership Mecosta has been a very enjoyable, informative and valuable experience for me that I would recommend to anyone who has a vision to better know how to make a positive impact in our county for now and into the future.'

    John C. Milan
    Preferred Office Machines  


    'Leadership Mecosta has been a truly valuable experience for me in helping build liaisons between the public and private sector and revealing resources available in our community at the county-wide level.'

    Frank E. West, Director
    Big Rapids Department of Public Safety