Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tuning in

Tuning in

Last November’s historic local elections, which replaced the entire school board and eighty percent of the board of supervisors, happened because Goochland voters finally paid attention.

As our county continues to grow and change, citizen engagement is more important than ever. One of the best ways for Goochland residents, old and new, to learn about the government of the county, and many other organizations that make our community a great place to live is the Goochland Leadership Enterprise (GLE) program.

The next GLE class, its 17th session, begins on September 20. Graduates of the program include several of the new supervisors and school board members. GLE alumni are actively involved in virtually everything that makes life in Goochland good. This is a great way to gain insight about the issues facing the county and understand the complexities our elected officials must consider when making decisions.

Comprised of 15 sessions, mostly held every other Thursday at locations around the county beginning 7 p.m., GLE explores aspects of Goochland ranging from local history to our agriculture and the environment. One session is devoted to getting involved in the community. The graduation dinner is scheduled for March 28, 2013.

Class members will have the opportunity to meet informally with elected officials including the supervisors, school board, sheriff, commonwealth’s attorney, and clerk of the court. The program includes a day at the Virginia General Assembly and meetings with our delegates and senator.

Registration for this class is open. For additional information, brochure, and applications call the Goochland Extension Office at 804-556-5841 or visit

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