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Place-Based Local Leadership in the Rural and Urban Interface

Extension Education

Trevor Corboy
Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources & Community Development
Ohio State University Extension


Brown L.E.A.D.S. (Leaders Educating, Accelerating, And Developing through Service-Learning) is a comprehensive place-based leadership program designed for business professionals who are passionate about making a positive impact in both their professional and local environments. This program aims to empower individuals to lead with integrity, educate through continuous learning, accelerate personal and organizational growth, and foster development through meaningful service-learning experiences. By equipping participants with the necessary skills, knowledge, and resources to create a dynamic network of leaders who collaborate, innovate, and contribute to the sustainable development and well-being of Brown County and beyond. Business leaders come from both rural and urban interfaces in the county. The hope is that business professionals will gain a sense of community and promote remaining in the county to live and work. This is accomplished through a 10-month leadership development program partnered with the Brown County Chamber of Commerce and OSU Extension Brown County. Educational activities in the place-based program include a leadership component and service learning. The program is off to early success, 98% of participants have indicated in post class evaluations gaining more county knowledge than expected. The total community support dollars for Brown LEADS is more than $25,000, this does not include the economic impact of the retained trained business leaders living and working in their home communities. Overall, participants indicated they had positive knowledge gains in the program and benefited from participating. However, long term impact evaluations will be a more valuable indicator of the program’s true success and effectiveness.

Poster has NOT been presented at any previous NACAA AM/PIC

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Authors: Trevor Corboy
  1. Corboy, T. Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources & Community Development, Ohio State University Extension, Ohio, 45121