County Development

 Leadership Johnston

Building the future by building leaders

 ...working together to build a stronger future for Johnston County.

 Leadership Johnston is a leadership development program sponsored by the Johnston County Association of Chambers of Commerce and Johnston Community College. The mission of the program is to enhance the leadership skills of people throughout Johnston County through a focused capacity building effort. The skills learned through the program are designed to help participants be more productive leaders in the workplace and to encourage active civic leadership as volunteers, volunteer leaders and holders of public office. There are eight, monthly, all day sessions beginning in October, plus a weekend retreat. Sessions will be held on the first Wednesday of each month. Session overviews are listed below:

Group Orientation (September)

The orientation will be a short session for the participants to have a chance to meet and get acquainted. The goals and structure of the program will be explained.

Skills Training 

Explore and refine your leadership skills through literature, facilitator lead class discussions and assignments, and small group problem solving activities.

Team Building Retreat Dates TBD

A mandatory team building weekend will take place in October. This is a time for the class to connect as a group and explore the skills necessary to work in a team environment.

Exploring Non-Profit Groups 

Teams will explore the non-profit network in Johnston County and the contributions it makes locally.

Local Government 

Teams will take an inside look at county and municipal government as well as attend a roundtable discussion with elected officials

Public Safety, Law & Order 

Teams will look at issues facing the various law-enforcement agencies, look inside the 911 system and investigate the courts systems.

Educating for the Future 

Teams will see the public, private and community college educational systems from the inside.

Health & Human Services 

Teams will acquire a fresh understanding of health care, social services and the challenges faced by an aging population.

Business & Industry 

Teams will see an overview of the top income producers for the county, present and projected.

Heritage and Tourism 

Teams will experience first hand the sites that make living in Johnston County such a unique experience.

Graduation Banquet (Date TBD)

The final session will be the graduation banquet.

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Application and Cost

The course is designed for those who want to learn more about the community while developing and refining leadership skills. Course size is limited to 20 participants. A cost of $625 per person covers the retreat, materials, meals and transportation during the sessions.  Application deadline is July 31, 2015.

2015-2016 Leadership Johnston Application 

Scholarship Opportunities

There are several partcial scholarships available.  To apply, complete the scholarship application and submit with your Leadership Johnston application by July 31, 2015.

2015-2016 LJ Scholarship Application 

Johnston County Economic Development

Johnston County Economic Development serves as a facilitator between government and the private sector to encourage and promote development opportunities within the County. The office is a division of County government and is supported in total by County ad valorem taxes. Resources available include custom digitized maps, labor and wage analysis, site selection assistance, and incentive packaging.


Johnston Community College Small Business Center


The Small Business Center supports new and existing businesses by providing free educational seminars and one-on-one counseling to assist potential business owners to start their business on the right path and to assist current business owners to strengthen their business practices. Join the SBC’s next Entrepreneur Academy to build or strengthen your business.

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