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Emerging Leadership Program

ELP class of 2023

The Emerging Leadership Program (ELP) creates and sustains a network of community leaders in Northwest and West Central Minnesota. The program's goal was to provide opportunities for individuals to develop their leadership potential, as well as a structure to help regional leaders address rural issues.

The ELP is based on the philosophy that effective leadership can be learned and that leaders grow into positions of leadership, motivated by a sense of responsibility for themselves and their communities.

The current program brochure (PDF) provides more details about the program, including the current training schedule and contact information.

Below is a list of the eligible counties.

  • Becker
  • Clay
  • Clearwater
  • Douglas
  • Grant
  • Kittson
  • Lake of the Woods
  • Mahnomen
  • Marshall
  • Norman
  • Otter Tail
  • Pennington
  • Polk
  • Pope
  • Red Lake
  • Roseau
  • Stevens
  • Traverse
  • Wilkin

Map of ELP eligible counties (PDF)

Learn more

The resources below include information for current program participants and alumni, details about the program's history and ways you can help support the program.

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