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Nominations for Class of 2010 Now Being Accepted

The Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the 2010 class of Leadership Oak Ridge.

The program features applied leadership lessons in multiple sessions focused on a variety of issue-based topics. Leadership Oak Ridge participants actively participate in the planning of the sessions with input, advice and guidance from one another and from engaged community leaders.

Among the session topics are: Oak Ridge Economics 101; Education; Residential Development; Quality of Life/Social Services; Leadership Development; and Oak Ridge Orientation. In addition, there will be two overnight trips. The first trip will be to Nashville in March while the General Assembly is in session. The second trip is a two day/one night retreat in April. A graduation will be held for the participants in October.

Tom Hilton, President of Y-12 Federal Credit Union and Chairman of the Board of the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce noted "One of the things participants do as part of Leadership Oak Ridge is to participate as leaders for one of the sessions. Each student volunteers to help coordinate a class and works to incorporate leadership examples and skills into the session. Graduates of the class of 2009 tell us this experience gives them a sense of ownership in the program."

Leadership Oak Ridge is a ten month program, with classes meeting once per month. Parker Hardy, President of the Oak Ridge Chamber commented, "Leadership Oak Ridge is truly a training ground for leaders. It allows individuals to develop leadership skills and channels those skills into making a difference in Oak Ridge. We are proud of the class of 2009 and their accomplishments and look forward to a new class of leaders in 2010."

Applications for the program, set to kickoff in February 2010, are available on the Leadership Oak Ridge website accessed through the Chamber's site at www.oakridgechamber.org and at the Chamber office, 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike. Leadership Oak Ridge also has a fan page for those who are on Facebook and the application can be accessed there as well. The program fee is $1,200 per person which includes the two overnight trips, meals and session costs. A limited number of scholarships may be available. For more information, please contact the Chamber office or email leadershipoakridge@orcc.org.

Graduates of the 2009 Leadership Oak Ridge class are Eric Abelquist, ORAU; Ben Andrews, Oak Ridge Utility District; Kathy Barber, Oak Ridge Economic Partnership; Blair Chinn, R&R Properties; Richard Chinn, R&R Properties; Mike Clonce, Y-12 Federal Credit Union; Kevin Crow, CDM Federal Programs; Jim Dodson, Oak Ridge Schools; Pauline Douglas, U.S. Department of Energy; Jerry Dover, City of Oak Ridge; Bob Dykes, Burns & Roe; Mary Sue Greiner, MMC Foundation; Doug Hamilton, City of Oak Ridge; Joe Hedges, Pro2Serve; Debbie Hunter, B&W Y-12; Hurtis Hodges, ORNL/UT-Battelle; Jack Kreyling, EnergySolutions; Bob Leicht, ORNL/UT Battelle; Bess Lowery, B&W Technical Services Clinch River; Michele Lusk, ORNL/UT-Battelle; Rick Lusk, ORNL/UT-Battelle; Gloria Mencer, B&W Y-12; Bob Milazzo, Tetra Tech; Bill Moore, Tetra Tech; Patricia Petrie, League of Women Voters; Cortney Piper, Cortney Piper Communications; Melissa Rose, WSI; Emily Schneider, U.S. Department of Energy; Donnie Shanklin, CH2MHill; Jeff Slack, SAIC; Jesse Smith, Innovation Valley Inc./Oak Ridge Economic Partnership; Ben Stephens, B&W Y-12; Cheryl Tarrant, WSI; Jerry Truitt, SAIC; Tom Vereb, Y12 Site Office/NNSA; and Grady Yoder, UT-Battelle/ORNL.

The Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce is Four-Star Accredited Chamber of Commerce and a 2008 ACCE Chamber of the Year finalist.

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