Apply Now to the Signature Program!

Applications are now available at for the 28th Class, 10-month Signature Program.  The Signature Program is an in-depth examination of Stark County’s assets and challenges, along with an introduction to affecting community change. The Signature Program is ideal for business and community leaders. Each year, selected participants enhance their leadership skills and gain an understanding of local issues, assets, and resources. Your leadership experience begins with an intense two day Opening Retreat in September that will provide you with an in-depth personal leadership assessment and dynamic workshops. From there you’ll meet once per month to expand your capacity for leadership and service in our community. Your Signature experience includes:
  • Exploring the cultural, economic, and historic features of Stark County on a wide ranging bus tour.
  • Delving into economic development with on-site tours and small-group interaction with CEOs.
  • Taking a jail tour, meet with local judges, and investigating the justice system on a cruiser ride with sheriff’s deputies and police.
  • Examining social and economic issues through panel discussions with political and civic leaders.
  • Role-playing within a poverty simulation and visiting non-profits to understand their unique concerns.
Applications are online at and are due April 25. Tuition is $2,500 and includes meals, lodging, and materials. Tuition assistance is available for candidates from non-profit, education, and government organizations. Apply on-line. For more information please call Fran Wells, director, at 330-458-2094