Dodge City officials are joining others in moving the city forward.

The Kansas Leadership Center has awarded the City of Dodge City a Leadership Transformation Grant for 2018.

The grant will provide leadership skills training through a variety of KLC programs offered in Wichita and Kansas City. The programs are designed to help organizations, communities, businesses, school districts and individuals make progress on the issues they care about most, as well as provide a common language for addressing tough challenges.

"Marg Yaroslaski from Dodge City Community College wrote the grant for us," Ernestor De La Rosa, assistant city manager, said. "The grant allows us to send 40 people to various training programs throughout the year.

"Each individual must attend at least one program."

According to De La Rosa, the city partners with DCCC, Dodge City Area Chamber of Commerce and Ford County.

"Many of these people who will attend have already gone through Leadership Dodge City," he said. "We want to provide opportunities for people to come together and work for the betterment of Dodge City."

The Kansas Leadership Center is a nonprofit organization committed to fostering leadership for stronger, healthier and more prosperous Kansas communities. Since its founding in 2007, the center has trained more than 7,500 people from across Kansas and the United States, and from around the world.

"Our Leadership Transformation Grants provide skills training so Kansans from all walks of life can more successfully engage in the civic environment," said Patty Clark, KLC’s acting CEO. "Over the past decade, the Kansas Leadership Center has built a proven framework for leadership development and created a global reach for leadership education."

According to KLC, 50 grantees were selected from the 93 applications submitted this year. These grants are funded by the Kansas Health Foundation and provide more than 1,500 spots in leadership programs for Kansans.

"The goal is to make Dodge City better," De La Rosa said. "So, we partner with each other to make sure we have the leaders we need to do that."


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