Leading Cass County

Leading Cass County

A Place-Based Leadership Curriculum

Leading Cass County is designed to identify, cultivate and direct future leaders for our local communities.

Leading Communities is a research based program developed by ISU Extension and Outreach and the University of Wisconsin Extension. It is designed to teach community members skills they need for interacting and working together to promote sustainable community development. 

Participants will interact with local leaders and learn about Cass County resources during community tours and presentations. Class sessions and tours will rotate around the county, showcasing the diversity of services in Cass County. A certificate will be awarded to participants who successfully fulfill the requirements of the leadership program.

Four Core Skill Sets

  1. Understanding community leadership and your community
  2. Identifying issues and framing ideas
  3. Building social capital
  4. Mobilizing resources for community action

Personal and Professional Growth

  • Enhance your personal leadership abilities
  • Expand your network of leaders in the community
  • Find opportunities for future leadership in your career and community
  • Expand your awareness of challenges and opportunities in Cass County


Tuition is $350 per person and will cover the class, lunch and tours each month. 

Important Dates

  • Participant applications are due by noon on Wednesday, August 14, 2019
  • Participant notification by August 16, 2019
  • Mix and Mingle Orientation for all participants on Thursday, August 29 at 6 PM
  • Program runs the first Wednesday of every month beginning September 2019 – April 2020

Participate Today

For more details on the program and a list of class dates, topics and locations, click the information brochure below:

Download Leading Cass County Brochure

To apply, fill out the application below and return to the Cass County Extension Office by noon on Wednesday, August 16, 2019.

Download Leading Cass County Application

Presented by:

ISU Extension and Outreach in Cass County
Website: www.extension.iastate.edu/cass
Contact: Kate Olson
Email: keolson@iastate.edu
Phone: 712-243-1132

Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce
Website: www.atlanticiowa.com
Contact: Bailey Smith
Email: bailey@atlanticiowa.com
Phone: 712-243-30174

Cass/Atlantic Development Corp.
Website: www.atlanticiowa.com/cadco/
Contact: Jennifer McEntaffer
Email: jencadco@metc.net
Phone: 712-243-2022