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LeadLeadership Shoals (Adult)ership Shoals is a program of the Shoals Chamber of Commerce that allows participants an opportunity to better understand and appreciate the Shoals community. The program has been in existence for nearly 30 years. Since its inception, Leadership Shoals has seen more than 600 businesses and community leaders go through this program. Leadership Shoals offers numerous opportunities to broaden perspectives and gain an increased understanding of community dynamics and public issues.

Applicants must represent a current chamber member organization. The general class size is 25-30 individuals and spans nine sessions from August to May. The $895 per person cost of the program covers all meals, admissions to events, travel and lodging costs. Two overnight stays, one in September at Earle Trent Assembly and another in Montgomery in March, are part of the program. Leadership Shoals attendees will participate in a group project to help the Shoals community. Details will be agreed upon and determined within the group. Attending one city council meeting, riding with a police officer, and writing a brief summation of each are also required components of Leadership Shoals.

Youth Leadership Shoals is a nine-month program for Shoals area rising juniors. Throughout the nine months, students enhance their skills in leadership, professionalism, communication and team building. In addition, participants learn about history, culture, business and economic development while getting to know students from both Colbert and Lauderdale counties. Participants build relationships and truly become a team with a common vision. Not only does it enhance cooperation among schools, it develops a greater sense of community pride. This program is supported by the generosity of Buffalo-Rock Pepsi and the Lauderdale County Community Development Commission.

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