Gain more knowledge about the Spotlight Program, annual Encounter Bus Tour and Government Academy

CANTON, OHIO (July 9, 2013)
– Prospective participants, employers, and civic minded individuals are encouraged to attend the free Leadership Stark County Discovery Meet & Greet on Wednesday, Aug. 14, from 8 to 9 a.m. at Sirak Financial Services (4700 Dressler Rd. NW in Canton). This free, no-obligation information session will feature an overview of Leadership Stark County's Spotlight Stark County program designed for younger professionals age 24-34, including an explanation of the application process, tuition assistance information and a question and answer segment. Additionally, information about the Encounter Bus Tour and Government Leadership Academy will be provided. Reservations are required to attend the session and are requested by Monday, Aug. 12. Applications for Spotlight Stark County will be accepted until the class fills and no later than Sept. 6, 2013. The 13th annual Encounter Bus Tour will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 15 and registrations are now being accepted. Speakers and participants hop on and off the bus throughout the day-long whirlwind tour of Stark County that focuses on the region's historic, economic, cultural and volunteer resources. Lunch is included at the The University Center at Kent State University at Stark. The cost of the tour is $79. Leadership Stark County programs provide personal and professional development to enhance leadership capacity in the workplace and in the community. All programs include a study of community assets and issues led by interaction with prominent decision-makers. Make reservations and apply online at For questions, call Fran Wells, director, at (330) 458-2095.