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      Fairfield offering first-ever community leadership program

      The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with Indian Hills Community College to offer a seven-part leadership course for Jefferson County residents.

      The once-a-month sessions will cover topics ranging from health to local government and education to agriculture. The Fairfield Chamber is looking for a group of 12 to 25 individuals to learn from the leaders in the community, then become leaders themselves.

      "We're going to select to make sure we do have a diverse group -- young, old, new, people who have lived here for a long time, business people, manufacturers, retail, someone that doesn't work at all -- and we're going to cover all the different entities and organizations in Fairfield," said Nancy Morrissey, Director of the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce.

      Leadership Fairfield will begin in September and graduation will be held next April. Morrissey said if all goes well this first year, they would ideally like to make it an annual class, eventually building a network of community-focused people.

      "The drive right now is to have people move to your town and keep people in your town," she said. "When you create a family, and we hope to create a family with all the participants in this, then they learn more about Fairfield, they become friends with each other, they learned leadership from the leaders in the community that they live in and hopefully, they want to stay."

      If you're interested in participating, the application can be dropped off at the Fairfield Chamber office at 204 West Broadway Avenue in Fairfield. To print an application, click here. The program costs $250 each and the application deadline is August 16.