Leading Communities to Make Virtual Debut in Appanoose and Henry Counties

May 8, 2020

Group networks are illustrated by running yarn between people who know each other on different scales.Appanoose and Henry Counties will be the first communities in Iowa to experience the virtual delivery of Leading Communities, the place-based community leadership program offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development (CED). In response to COVID-19’s requirement for physical distancing without losing social contact, CED specialists and faculty continue to adapt to the changing needs of Iowa communities.

Both Appanoose and Henry Counties completed five of the six sessions of Leading Communities prior to closings. Given the opportunity to complete the program virtually, both counties agreed and CED staff recreated the entire program in a virtual environment. Session 6 will be presented as Sessions 6a and 6b to the Appanoose County class on May 21 and 28 facilitated by CED staff Himar Hernández and Shelley Oltmans, and to the Henry County cohort on May 20 and 27 facilitated by CED staff Hernández and Aimee Viniard-Weideman.

Leading Communities developer Deborah Tootle, Ph.D., and CED specialists Hernández, Brian Perry, and Julie Aberg Robison virtualized program.

Leading Communities is a modular and interactive program designed to teach community members to develop, increase and sustain the local leadership efforts that are necessary to address community issues and create resilient communities.

Communities and organizations interested in hosting Leading Communities should contact Brian Perry at bmperry@iastate.edu or 501-772-8988.