Today’s regional challenges require a new problem-solving capacity and the ability to work across political, geographical and institutional boundaries. Through the NORA Leadership Academy, leaders develop a broader awareness of the region. They acquire a greater knowledge of the interdependence of the diverse communities that constitute the Northeastern Oklahoma. Additionally, participants are able to sharpen leadership skills while networking with decisions makers and professionals statewide.
The program focuses on topics relevant to current trends and issues. The curriculum provides a framework for understanding organizational and institutional processes and responsibilities for regional planning, problem-solving and community building. Local and regional experts address diverse topics, including ingredients of a successful region, community collaboration, education, economic and social trends.
Leadership abounds in our communities through our citizens, our civic organizations, and our local and tribal governments. Regional leadership is essential to regional development and the success of the regional summit is indicative that our local governments are cooperative and willing to work with one another to address growth issues and encourage collaboration. Our people and civic organizations are the backbones of our communities; however, our aging population and lower levels of work aged adults necessitate youth leadership development to maintain and grow our leadership base. We must keep our youth at home and civically engaged in order for them to become progressive regional leaders of tomorrow.
Leadership discussions focused on three central themes:
Community deliberations regarding the themes brought forth two results: