Our Mission: To inform and educate interested citizens about Fluvanna County and the issues and challenges it faces; to prepare its citizens for involvement; and to encourage their participation in keeping Fluvanna a desirable place to live, work, and enjoy life.
Each year, the Fluvanna Leadership Development Program (FLDP) presents a curriculum of approximately 16 different sessions over seven months, each focused on a different aspect of the county and its resources. Sessions include presentations by county officers and departments, representatives from the schools, local law enforcement and fire and rescue departments, volunteer organizations and others. Each class is held in a different location; a bus tour throughout the county is guided by people well versed in Fluvanna’s history. Registration for the upcoming session has closed.
History of Fluvanna Leadership Development Program
The idea for FLDP was originated by Dr. Russell Johnston and Red Pulliam, community leaders and members of the Ruritan Club. They saw the need for a program to inform citizens to effectively address the difficult issues facing the county in a period of significant growth and change.
After studying similar programs in Goochland and other neighboring counties, the Ruritans presented a recommendation to our Board of Supervisors to establish a program in Fluvanna. The Supervisors agreed and an initial steering committee was formed to define the focus of the curriculum. Since the first class was offered in 2003, over 250 citizens have completed the program. Many graduates have gone on to fill elected and professional positions in county government; countless others have taken leadership roles in the many not-for-profit organizations that provide critical services to the community.
The Virginia Cooperative Extension Service also provided invaluable assistance in the establishment of the program. The relationship between the FLDP and the Virginia Cooperative Extension was formalized in a memorandum of understanding in 2015.
The FLDP is completely volunteer-run and is funded by the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors and by a modest tuition. The FLDP Steering Committee, most of whose members are graduates, plans and administers the sessions.
CONTACT: For further information, contact the FLDP Steering Committee: firstname.lastname@example.org
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