SIKESTON -- The latest vision for Sikeston's future is one of leaders working together.
The focus for the Vision for Tomorrow's quarterly meeting Tuesday was the Sikeston VISION Executive Academy, according to Geoff Posegate, chairman of the Strategic Plan Implementation Commission.
Rick Lovall, a committee member for the Executive Academy, said they are hoping to kick off the year-long course in April.
"It may be the first part of May but we are pushing hard," Lovall said. "We are shooting for the second Friday of each month."
The schedule may vary depending on the availability of speakers, he said.
"This is a conscious effort to get everyone in Sikeston pulling on the same rope moving Sikeston in a positive direction," Lovall said.
"What it's designed to do is gather existing and emerging leaders to learn 21st century leadership skills for communities to talk about Sikeston's future and envision positively about the future and collaborate together to make that future come about," Posegate said. "We plan to do this yearly with a class of 30 each year."
"The idea is to have a top-down executive leadership program," said Steve McPheeters, Executive Academy committee member.
McPheeters said Sikeston already has groups that provide the community with leadership, such as the Jaycees and civic groups, as well as those who serve on various boards and commissions.
The Executive Academy's committee, which also includes Brian Self, Rick Lovall and Megan Looney, is working to bring those leaders together as a group "to talk about ways to improve the community," he said. "We are trying to get these community leaders all on the same page to work toward solutions to issues identified in the VISION report together instead of working totally separate from each other."
"Our hope is in the first class to get a real cross section of people from the business community, civic leadership, not-for-profits, faith communities, education -- every component we can think of," Posegate said. "I'm also in the first group so I'm personally interested in it."
The name for this leadership training program was selected so as not to be confused with the Leadership Sikeston Program offered by Missy Marshall, executive director, at the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce.
"It complements it, really," Posegate said. "What she's done has really helped people who are new to the community, younger leaders, learn the community and learn their place in it. It builds a good foundation. What we hope to do is build on that foundation by inviting a broader cross section of community leadership for some real forward-visioning, planning and working for Sikeston's future."
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