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Grimes Leadership Academy Launching in 2023!

by Brian Buethe, President | CEO,

March 2023 Newsletter Article

Grimes Chamber & Economic Development is excited to announce that the inaugural class of the newly created Grimes Leadership Academy will be seated this year. The initiative was first publicly announced at the organization's Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony, which took place in late January. As of today, applications are being accepted via the website


So what is the Grimes Leadership Academy? A great place to begin is to share the Mission Statement, which reads as follows:

“The Grimes Leadership Academy is a premier leadership program that seeks to identify and resource leaders, encouraging and equipping them to be more effective leaders in the workplace and the community, and providing opportunity for relationship building and professional networking.”


The Grimes Leadership Academy (GLA) is an intense 10-month leadership experience that begins in August 2023, and concludes in May 2024. The program is targeting individuals who either live and/or work in the community. While there is no cost to apply, if accepted, there is a tuition fee of $1,200 to participate; an amount that would be higher, but for the generosity of many sponsors and supporters. In fact, employees of local nonprofit organizations are also eligible to apply for a scholarship that, if awarded, will help defray the cost of tuition.


Upon completing the Grimes Leadership Academy training, our goal is to ensure that participants will grow in their understanding of five essential practices of exemplary practices. A more detailed explanation of the five essential practices, along with additional information, can be found at the


We would like thank the work of those who have been involved in the development and implantation of the program to date. We would also like to acknowledge our many Chamber Member Sponsors including Christian Brothers Automotive, Shade Tree Auto, City of Grimes, Summitcreek Church, Cramer & Associates, State Farm Andrea Sabus Agency, Jones Lang LaSalle, TAAG Development, Bankers Trust, Bam Motors, and Abaci Consulting. Thanks also to Raccoon Valley Bank for allowing us to conduct numerous meetings in their Grimes facility.


We look forward to bringing this new initiative to the community of Grimes. By identifying, educating, and empowering people connected to Grimes, we believe it will help allow us to continue to improve as a community. We envision graduates of the program will be better prepared to take on important leadership roles in their businesses, in local service organizations, run for elected office, serve on important boards and committees, etc. If you are interested, please visit the website to contact Grimes Chamber & Economic Development to inquire further. #lovegrimes

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