Community Leadership Development 5
2016/2017 Graduating Class


February 16, 2017


CLD 5 Holds Graduation In Altus

The Community Leadership Development Class 5 held the 2017 graduation ceremony on Friday, February 10th at the Western Oklahoma State College.

Thursday evening the City of Altus and the Altus Chamber of Commerce hosted a reception at the Museum of the Western Prairie. The class was greeted by Jennie Buchanan, Director of the museum, Debbie Davis, Clerk/Treasurer, City of Altus and Janice Cane, Altus City Manager. Everyone had a great time at the museum learning the history of the area and catching up with one another!

Ms. Buchanan gave a tour of the Museum of the Western Prairie and totally captivated the CLD class with her knowledge of the Altus region history.  After the tour, Ms. Davis and Ms. Cane both gave a warm welcome from the City of Altus.

Friday morning, the CLD class gathered at the Western Oklahoma State College.  Brian Bush, CEO/President, Altus Chamber of Commerce welcomed everyone and shared some of the exciting things going on in Altus!

The CLD class was given group projects as their final assignment.  The project was to create a successful community RFP to make a strong business case to show a competitive advantage in the food processing industry.  Christopher Suttle, Oklahoma Department of Commerce and Elesia Church, City of Elk City was this year’s judges.  After all the presentations the judges deliberated and announced the winners as Group 3, Ben Orcutt, Joe Don Dunham, Julie Lenius, Jack Tatum and Tracey Aaron.

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The CLD class was presented with their certificates of completion. OML’s Program Manager, Cheryl Adams closed out this year’s CLD 5 with congratulating everyone and encouraged them to have big visions for their communities and to lead the way.

After the graduation ceremony several of the CLD members toured the City of Altus reverse osmosis water treatment plant.

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Thank you to the City of Altus and the Altus Chamber of Commerce for hosting this event. Special thanks to Janice Cane, Debbie Davis and Brian Bush for inviting the League to their wonderful community. A special thanks to our Judges Christopher Suttle and Elesia Church.  A big thank you to our sponsors, the CLD Class 5 would not be possible without the generous support of community partners, including Oklahoma Gas and Electric, Oklahoma Natural Gas, Public Service Company of Oklahoma and Phillips 66.

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but hurry membership is limited!

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