Award-winning local leadership training

Participants in the Apache Junction Leadership Institute listen to Mayor John Insalaco on the program's opening night. (Photo courtesy City of Apache Junction)

Apache Junction Leadership Institute

One of more than 50 local and regional leadership programs in Arizona is the Apache Junction Leadership Institute, founded in 1998 to prepare citizens to serve on a board or commission.

The city has held 12 Institutes, with a total of 235 participants. Each Institute includes nine program sessions, and attendees are required to attend at least one City Council meeting and one Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. During the sessions, attendees take part in interactive activities and case studies to educate participants about the city’s budget and simulations of the governing process.

A mark of the program’s success, graduates currently fill 70 percent of all city board and commission slots. In 2004, the institute received a Program Excellence Award at the 90th annual conference of the International City/County Management Association.

For more information about the Apache Junction Leadership Institute, contact Patrick Brenner, Apache Junction community relations manager, at (480) 474-5080.

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