Leadership & Planning

A finger points at the word "Leadership"

Virginia counties and cities want prepared volunteers, civic leaders, and elected and appointed officials to be the force for positive change within their communities. Research supports this notion that community leaders need to be involved in the decision-making process and problem solving to help organize and develop their communities. Virginia’s community leaders understand what skills and characteristics are needed to serve their communities and that community growth and prosperity are linked to a strong leadership network. Yet, there is often a lack of formal leadership training that equips community leaders with the skills necessary to effectively meet community needs. 

Educational programs focused on leadership, volunteerism, and civic engagement build the capacity of youth and adults to effectively participate in community planning and decision-making. Furthermore, educational programs focused on sustainable natural resources will inform community members of the environmental impacts and options related to those plans. 

Training Virginia’s facilitators

2017 Facilitation Training Schedule

If you have ever been asked to lead a discussion where a decision will be made and felt unprepared for the task, Virginia Cooperative Extension’s facilitation training is the right training for you to build the needed skills. 

“We are excited to offer this highly popular program throughout Virginia,” said Martha Walker, community viability specialist with Virginia Cooperative Extension.

“Numerous organizations and community leaders want to know how to facilitate discussions that result in planning and clear direction,” Walker said. Virginia Cooperative Extension is responding to this need through its Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills training that explores approved facilitation practices and strategies for effective process design.

During the training, participants practice the newly learned facilitation skills in an experiential setting, observe facilitation challenges, and identify improvement options that prepare each person to develop and guide the process during a facilitated discussion.

The two or three-day facilitation training may be offered in any Virginia location. The registration fee for Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills ranges between $80 and $100 depending on the expenses. Each participant receives a resource notebook and lunch is provided.

For questions, to obtain additional information, or to schedule a training for your group, please contact Martha Walker at 434‑766-6761 or Crystal Tyler Mackey at 804-527-4235.

Stronger Economies Together (SET) enables communities and counties in rural America to work together in developing and implementing an economic development blueprint for their multi-county region that strategically builds on the current and emerging economic strengths of that region.