Leadership Portage County
138 East Main Street
Kent, OH 44240
Monday & Wednesday 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday & Thursday 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday: No Office Hours
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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.
As someone unfamiliar with Portage County, the Leadership County Tour Day was an incredibly valuable experience. I am a resident of Summit County and a newer employee at Neighborhood Development Services in Ravenna. This tour offered the chance to see a little bit of everything, starting in Kent and working our way over to Streetsboro, Aurora, Nelson Township, Garrettsville, Windham, Ravenna, and Suffield.
Our leadership group started the morning with a tour of Record Publishing in Kent. I receive the Record Courier, and have worked with their advertising department, as well as their newest marketing team, Full Spectrum Marketing. What I did not know, is that they publish seven daily papers, 25 weekly publications, and they print locally in Wooster on 100% recycled paper. Read more...
Class of 2013 Leadership Alum Heather Malarcik received a standing ovation when honored as "Main Street Manager of the Year" during the Heritage Ohio Annual Conference in Cincinnati last month. Heather has been leading the Main Street Kent organization, a non-profit that focuses on the revitalization of downtown Kent, for nearly five years. The Heritage Ohio award recognizes outstanding contributions by downtown revitalization and preservation professionals.
An excerpt from her nomination reads, "Heather is certainly fortunate to have community-oriented business leaders and residents on her board, but she maximizes that benefit by leading her organization in such a professional and efficient manner. Because of how she inspires and motivates, Main Street Kent has an engaged and active board, which is exactly what Heritage Ohio calls one of the most important keys to success for any Main Street program. Heather's vision, enthusiasm, and love for Kent are demonstrated every day."