2 civic groups join forces

Published Sep 7, 2013 at 05:00AM

Two civic leadership programs, Leadership Bend Program and City Club of Central Oregon, have recently begun working together to nurture aspiring local leaders. The separate programs are a natural partnership but have never joined forces like this before, according to Jamie Christman, director of Leadership Bend.

Leadership Bend is a nine-month program offered by the Bend Chamber of Commerce to identify, educate, train and connect willing and committed citizens to leadership roles in our community.

The City Club of Central Oregon, a separate nonprofit organization, builds a civic-minded community through dialogue, education and research. City Club of Central Oregon members are composed of prominent and influential local leaders in business, government, education, media and interested citizens. Guest speakers have included current and past governors, U.S. and state senators and local leaders and decision makers.

Leadership Bend class participants will now attend the City Club’s monthly luncheon forums in addition to the program’s regular curriculum.

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