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by Mark Peterson - January 9, 2019
Congratulations to New Vision Newport, a community leadership program in Jackson County,
for launching their 16th class. New VIsion Newport is a great model for other communities
to learn from.
The purpose of New Vision Newport is to equip new leaders for Newport and Jackson
County to be effective leaders in the community. Sponsored by the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce, New Vision Newport also has benefited from involvement by the Newport Economic Development Commission, the University of Arkansas System Cooperative Extension Service, and other community
organizations from its inception.
“We started this program 16 years ago. We visited other communities that were doing
well, and one common thread was that they had a community leadership program. The
most important impact has been 18-20 ambassadors for Newport and Jackson County, armed
with positive information to share with others.” said Julie Allen, Newport Area Chamber
of Commerce's executive director.
“Over 300 citizens have completed New Vision Newport, and many are now in key positions
in Newport and Jackson County," said Jon Chadwell, executive director of the Newport
Economic Development Commission, a Breakthrough Solutions Partner.