Leadership Bitterroot is solely sponsored by the Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce and is designed to inform, expose and teach participants about the valley’s history and its economic drivers both past and present. The program strives to expose students to a forward vision approach and to be proactive in the future development of our communities while exploring the possibilities of the future economic growth and stability of the Bitterroot Valley. We will explore the diverse business culture in the Bitterroot and how we, as a region within Montana, must evolve to assure our economic prosperity.

Leadership Bitterroot

Please note Leadership to in session for 2023 taking applications for session 2024.

Each month, participants will be exposed to informative topics as well as opportunities to meet and converse with community and business leaders who are currently shaping policy and providing direction within the Bitterroot Valley. After completing the nine month program, we encourage participants to take the knowledge they have gained, the passion for their communities they have kindled and combine it with a new found vision for the future and go forth for a strong future of the Bitterroot Valley and the State of Montana.

Leadership Bitterroot is a nine month program that meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month starting in September and ending in May of the following year. This is an “all day” class with travel and lunch arrangements included. Class is limited to 25 participants and requires the participants to facilitate the next year’s class schedule and agenda. Selection of candidates will be made on the basis of establishing a diverse mix of age, background, community involvement interests, opinions and attitudes as expressed in their personal application form.

Tuition is $400 for Chamber of Commerce members. Non-Chamber members will be charged $500. Tuition covers all costs of the retreat, meals and graduation celebration. Payment plans are available upon request.

Topics of the Nine Month Program

Goals of Leadership Bitterroot

Benefits to the Individual

Benefits to the Employer