Plano Chamber launches second class of Plano Prime
September 06, 2018
Plano Chamber launches second class of Plano Prime,
community awareness program for residents 55-plus
PLANO, TX, August 31, 2018 - The Plano Chamber of Commerce announces that applications are available September 1 for the next class of Plano Prime, a program of Leadership Plano.
The community awareness initiative gives participants, ages 55 and over, a pathway to become informed about the city of Plano, connect and engage with fellow citizens and leverage their potential for service in non-profit and community organizations. Class 2 will meet in 2019, beginning with the first session on January 19 and concluding on March 26.
"We had an enthusiastic response from the participants in our inaugural class, which graduated in the spring of 2018," said Jamee Jolly, President/CEO of the Plano Chamber of Commerce. "We know we have a vast pool of mature people in Plano with the experience, skills, and the desire to give back to nonprofit or community groups; Plano Prime is helping them connect those skills in the community."
Applications are now being accepted for the program. Applicants must live in Plano (or within the borders of Plano ISD), and must express an interest in learning about the community and a willingness to serve Plano. Participants must also commit to participate in the entire program.
Those selected through the application process will attend six daylong sessions over the course of three months, learning about what makes Plano the City of Excellence, the inner workings of the city government, the school system, public safety (Plano Fire-Rescue, Plano Police, etc.) and the wide array of arts, recreation, and senior programs and services that Plano offers. Class members will have an opportunity to meet city leaders, tour key locations in the city, participate in team building exercises, and meet other committed Plano citizens. Throughout the program, participants will learn about opportunities to serve nonprofit and civic organizations.
"At Plano Prime, I learned about a host of services offered in our community that I hadn't been aware of before," said JoAnn T. Prindle, a graduate of the inaugural 2018 class. "As a result of the program, I'm more actively engaged in the community." Prindle is planning to use her new knowledge to help link co-workers at her company with volunteer projects in Plano.
The cost of the program is $500 for individuals and $900 for couples; financial assistance is available. The application is available online and deadline is October 31, 2018. For more information, dates and instructions on how to apply, visit: www.leadershipplano.org or call Tracy Bartholomew at (972) 424-7547 ext. 226.
About Leadership Plano: Leadership Plano began in 1983 and is dedicated to educating, developing and empowering current and future leaders for the community and motivating them to service civic, charitable and business organizations. For more information, contact the Plano Chamber of Commerce at 972-424-7547 or visit www.leadershipplano.org.
About the Plano Chamber of Commerce: Established in 1946, the Plano Chamber represents over 1,200 businesses and community organizations in Plano and the surrounding area. Accredited as a 5-Star Chamber by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and awarded 2018 Chamber of the Year, the Plano Chamber of Commerce is committed to maximizing business development and economic growth of the community through advocacy, education, innovation, and collaboration.
Jamee Jolly, President/ CEO