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L.E.A.D. (Learn, Engage, Advance Duluth)

The 14th Annual L.E.A.D. (Learn, Engage, Advance Duluth) Academy will begin in the first quarter of 2023. Dates will be announced soon. The program runs for six (6) weeks and consists of five (5) Tuesday evening sessions and one (1) Monday session, which will be a regularly scheduled Council Work Session and Council Meeting. A graduation celebration will be held in the final week. You must be a City resident or business owner to participate in this FREE program.

For the 2023 program, to provide a more in-depth look into City operations and combine staff effort, we have merged the former Citizens Budget Review Committee sessions into one of the L.E.A.D. sessions. So, if the city budget is of interest to you, please sign up for the L.E.A.D. Academy.  Click HERE for the 2022 schedule and more information (2023 information will be up in December 2023).

To apply please fill out this online form. (2023 form will be up in December 2023)

The City of Duluth is an ideal suburban environment that offers a great place to live, work and play. We are excited to offer an avenue for citizens to become knowledgeable about city operations, services, and the overall essential functions of city government. This will be accomplished by offering an interactive learning experience, which will include information about city services, programs and responsibilities. Additionally, citizens will casually interact with elected officials and city staff. Class participants will be afforded the opportunity to ask questions and gain a better understanding of Duluth government and their role in local government.

Citizens engage when they are armed with good information and L.E.A.D. provides that foundation. You will be empowered to help address community issues when you understand all the possible ways you can help. This program will spark your interest in local issues, provide insight into the decision-making process and provide an avenue for participants to help advance the community to a better future.

Would you like to sponsor this program? Click here for sponsorship opportunities. 

2022 Sponsors:


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The Whitlock Group