Coastal Alabama Partnership recently welcomed the second class of the Coastal Civic Masters Program (CCM). The program is designed to build a regional leadership coalition to promote the needs of Coastal Alabama, to provide leadership development for area leaders and to build community awareness for leaders on Coastal Alabama issues. CCM is the first regional leadership program in Coastal Alabama and was developed based on recommendations from the Coastal Recovery Commission Report in 2010.
Class members represent area businesses with half from Baldwin County and half from Mobile County. On January 26th & 27th, members participated in an Opening Retreat focused on developing relationships, learning about regionalism and developing their leadership skills. On Thursday evening, class members were joined by several CAP Board Members for dinner at McSharry’s in downtown Fairhope. Friday, Senator Bill Hightower shared his thoughts on leadership, policy making and partnership at the state legislative level.
Subsequent day-long seminars will take the class around our two county region, to Bay Minette, Bayou La Batre, Spanish Fort and Mobile. Topics that the group will cover include tourism, seafood industry, regional cooperation and strategic planning. The class will also travel to Montgomery to hear from State representatives, learn about regional and state-wide issues and participate in CAP’s annual Legislative Reception. Ultimately, the class will produce a recommendation (or two) to the CAP Board of Directors to facilitate future agendas for our region.
Welcome Coastal Alabama leaders, we look forward to working with you, now and in the future!