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    Leadership Mecosta is a dynamic nine-month program designed for people within the Mecosta County community to Connect with the community, Learn strategic leadership skills and principles, put those skills into action by learning how to serve within Mecosta County... and Lead into the future.

    The program includes one overnight, Kick-Off Retreat, at Cran-Hill Ranch to focusing on team-building and setting the foundation for this incredible program.  

    Then, eight day-long sessions take place (one each month) focusing on a variety of leadership skills and topics, with incredible speakers, and visits to the areas prominent businesses, non-profits and government agencies that will allow the participant to get an inside look at the community in which they live, serve and do business. 

  • Program Information


    Please watch for more infomation to come about the 2014 - 2015 class of Leadership Mecosta.

    The following is some general information for you, but if you have questions, please call Scott Barger at (231) 250-9975 or email at bargersr@gmail.com 

    : September - May - second Thursday of each month.

    TIME:  8:30am – 5:00pm

    LOCATION:  Various Businesses, Community Rooms and other Mecosta County locations

    MEALS, TRANSPORTATION:  Retreat and all monthly meeting meals, transportation and other expenses are covered as a part of the Leadership Mecosta program.  There will be some minor, optional expenses but the general program expenses are covered as a part of your program fees.

    STUDENT POPULATION:  All current and budding eaders of Mecosta County.  Any person who wishes to connect, learn and serve with in Mecosta County. 

    CLASS SIZE: 15 - 25

    COST: $695

    GENERAL SCHEDULE: subject to change due to speaker’s availability

    APPLICATION:  Prospective students must complete an application and submit it to the Chamber Office.  Applicants will be notified if they are accepted into this program.  See below for application information. 

  • 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   

  • Application

    Click here for a printable application.

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

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

    Or feel free to contact the Chamber of Commerce at (231)796-7649 

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

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