The Future of Manatee County
The Leadership Manatee program, begun in 1982, is designed to expose current and future leaders to all aspects of Manatee County. It is Manatee County’s premier leadership training program and has more than 900 graduates.
A critical factor in participant selection is identifying those individuals who are most apt to use their leadership knowledge and skills for the long-term benefit of this community. It is common for individuals to apply more than once before being selected for a class.
Class members are lead through twelve comprehensive days over the course of a class year that each pinpoint focus on a different segment of Manatee County, including:
- Business & Industry
- Communications & Culture
- Land Use & Transportation
- Law Enforcement
- Leadership Development
- Local Government
The program's purpose is:
- To identify community leaders of diverse backgrounds
- To develop their potential and desire to accept civic responsibilities and leadership roles
- To expose community leaders to the problems and opportunities that face Manatee County
- To build a realistic understanding of leadership in today's complex society
- To open a dialogue among emerging and current community leaders
- To acquaint leaders with the processes, programs, opportunities and challenges for individual involvement in Manatee County
- April 1, 2013 Applications for 2013-2014 program available online
- May 3, 2013 Early Application Deadline (5:00 PM) to qualify for discounted tuition if selected
- May 24, 2013 Final Application Deadline (5:00 PM)
Click here for the 2013-2014 Leadership Manatee Class Application. Please note that the application must be typed and this electronic document cannot be saved to your computer unless you own the full version of Adobe Acrobat. The Acrobat Reader version does not allow saving of completed PDFs.
Click here for a link to the Leadership Manatee Scholarship Form. This form must be submitted with an applicant's Leadership Manatee Application package.
Click here to visit the Leadership Manatee Alumni Association online.