Berkshire Leadership Program Applications Due

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire is accepting applications for its 2022 Berkshire Leadership Program (BLP) which is now in its twenty-second year.  Only 30 candidates are selected to participate in the program each year.
 
Applications are open until Dec. 9. 
 
The application and more information about the program can be found here.
 
BLP seeks, prepares, and involves individuals from every career level who are committed to addressing community challenges and moving the Berkshires forward.  There have been more than 650 community-minded graduates of the program since its inception in 1997.
 
The program kicks off with a two-day retreat, which includes training in many facets of leadership, problem-solving techniques, and networking.  The retreat is followed by an economic development bus-tour of Berkshire County and eight weekly evening sessions on topics that define a community, including education, workforce development, government, energy, community engagement, creative economy, healthcare, and leadership.
 
"Berkshire Leadership Program was the bridge between me and the community I live and work," BLP Steering Committee Co-Chair Ricardo Morales said. "Through the program and with the professional connections I made, I can understand the opportunities and challenges in our county and know that I am prepared to take action as a leader in my community." 
 
Ricardo is the Commissioner of the Department of Public Works for the City of Pittsfield.

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