Eagle County commissioner attending leadership program in Washington, D.C.

EAGLE — Eagle County Commissioner Kathy Chandler-Henry is one of a group of 24 leaders in county government from across the country participating in the 14th annual County Leadership Institute, a program developed by the National Association of Counties and Cambridge Leadership Associates.

The institute, which concludes today in Washington, D.C., will urge county officials to consider innovative approaches to address key issues facing their counties and constituents.

“The County Leadership Institute will provide a hands-on professional development experience that will help us accomplish our goals in Eagle County,” Chandler-Henry said. “This is a unique opportunity to learn from experts and work with other county leaders as we strengthen our skills.”

The program is designed to help county leaders further develop their approaches toward solving complex challenges. It provides tools to encourage innovation and creativity; resources for invigorating organizational culture; and best practices in effective communication, collaboration and decision-making.

“County officials often address similar issues and can learn a great deal from one another,” National Association of Counties Executive Director Matthew Chase said. “The County Leadership Institute fosters peer-to-peer learning and encourages common-sense solutions to challenges that counties and residents face every day.”

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This year’s program focuses on the demands of personal leadership in the modern era of government, one characterized as a “permanent crisis” by Cambridge Leadership co-founder Marty Linsky.

The program is made possible with the support of IBM, the National Association of Counties Financial Services Center and the National Council of County Association Executives. For more information, email

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