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About Leadership Portage County

What an experience! The history and pride I felt as we learned about our great county is something I will always cherish. And now I am out there exploring and sharing it with others!”

-Tama Niemi, ABR Employment Services,
LPC Class of 2017

Leadership Portage County (LPC) challenges participants to broaden their understanding of Portage County and develop their leadership skills through networking, education, and community involvement.

The 10-month curriculum is an intensive, county-oriented leadership development program designed to give potential and emerging leaders the skills, knowledge, and ongoing support they need to succeed. As a participant in LPC, you will grow professionally and personally from a variety of leadership, teambuilding, communication and self-awareness exercises. Coordinated by expert facilitators, these activities will grow and shape you as a leader, enabling you to take on the challenge of effective leadership.

The Best Program for Portage County’s Leaders of Today and Tomorrow

Immerse yourself in all aspects of Portage County life, business, and history. Each class day is carefully crafted to create hands-on opportunities, connect you with experts, and take you behind the scenes.

Opening Retreat ∙ Day 1

Participants engage in icebreaker and team building activities as they get to know one another. Participants also go on a history tour of Portage County, giving them an opportunity to see how Portage County has evolved over time.


Portage County has a strong agricultural focus. This session includes a tour of potato farm, learning about dairy operations, and how agriculture relates to tourism.

Human & Public Services

Learn about services in Portage County to help those less-fortunate. Participants hear from United Way and other non-profits about their work, learn about diversity, and spend the afternoon role-playing as a low-income family in the poverty simulation

Education & Workforce Development

Learn about how area schools and educators are preparing Portage County’s future workforce. Hear about the differences in school systems (private vs. public) and learn about the issues that matter in education.

Utilities & Environment

A unique opportunity to review two perspectives on energy – that of the public utility and that of the renewable/solar organization. Learn about each and make your own decisions. This session also covers Portage Co. groundwater and Parks and Recreation.

Closing Retreat

Time to tie it all together. 10 months of leadership development and community awareness comes down to this last session. Experience group team builders to establish lasting connections, and find satisfaction in making it to the top of the climbing wall.

Opening Retreat ∙ Day 2

The learning continues a second day! LPCers take part in an alumni favorite – the Road Rally, photo scavenger hunt across Portage County.                                                                                                                                                                                      .                   .

Government & Community

This session provides an opportunity to chat with local and state elected officials, learn about their work, and gain insights to the electoral process.

Legal System

Get a behind-the-scenes tour of Portage County’s justice system. This session includes a tour of the jail with lunch (same thing the inmates eat!), explanation of the circuit court system and justice programs in Portage County.

Economic Development & Infrastructure

Sewer, water, roads, waste, etc. all factor in to the infrastructure of a community. Learn about how Portage County handles these challenges and plans for future economic development.                                                                                                            .

Health & Wellness

As leaders it is important to practice self-care. Examine the dimensions of wellness, learn about stress-reduction tactics, and try out a new routine through Tai Chi or an exercise demo.                                                                                                           .


Celebrate! Reflect on the whole LPC experience and join the ranks of 500 LPC alumni across the county and the nation! Congratulations leader!