Congratulations to the 2018 class of Leadership Portage County!

Class project underway

Kurt E. Ruehr MBA Executive Director

“I thoroughly enjoyed my experience as a member of the 2017 class of Leadership Portage County.  The impact that the program achieves will allow individuals to not just learn about the many positive things the county itself has to offer, but also to address and help solve problems of need within our own backyard through the class project.  I also highly recommend this program for anyone looking to expand their professional relationships with individuals that will last for many years moving forward.”

Applications are currently being accepted for the Leadership Class of 2019.  The deadline to apply is July 31, 2018. 

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The class of 2018 is actively working to make their class the "BEST CLASS EVER". They are taking on a set of projects that will benefit two local charities. Stay tuned to this site for more information as it is released.

Every year Leadership Portage County identifies a select group of leaders and potential leaders in Portage County.  They come together as a 'class' to experience opportunities for personal and professional growth. In addition to exploring leadership in general, specific emphasis is placed on community leadership.  Program participants 'go behind the scenes' in Portage County to gain a deeper understanding of the community where they live and work.  The ultimate goal is to create positive change in Portage County by stimulating increased interest in community involvement and building a network of informed committed and dynamic leaders.

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Eric Decker

Commercial Lending

Portage Community Bank

I am so honored to be a part of this fantastic organization. Joining in it's 25th year has been very exciting for me. I have chosen to live and raise my family here in Portage County. I grew up in Shalersville, lived for many years in Kent and now reside in Aurora. I decided several years ago that if I was going to live here, it was up to me to work to make this place the best place to be. I am extremely pleased to be leading this group where I feel that my efforts are being multiplied as I teach others all about the place that I have called home my whole life. 

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