Midcoast Leadership Academy and the University of Maine Hutchinson Center announce the start of the program’s seventh year this September.

Designed to strengthen the community leadership network in the Midcoast, MLA is an adult, experiential, 9-month program. Existing and emerging community leaders from Knox and Waldo counties meet on a monthly basis to expand their knowledge of issues affecting our daily lives in the Midcoast and to further develop and understand their own leadership skills and styles.

This year, Midcoast Leadership Academy and the Hutchinson Center are partnering on the program, allowing participants to earn CEUs and University Certificates.

MLA classes move throughout the region during the course of the year and address issues such as healthcare, state and local government, the creative economy, education, conservation, traditional economic drivers, the justice system, and our unique community. Applications will be accepted through Aug. 15. The program begins Sept. 22.

Midcoast Leadership Academy was created to positively impact the economic and cultural quality of life in the Midcoast by enhancing the professional and personal development of existing and emerging community leaders. The Hutchinson Center is an outreach campus of the University of Maine. Located in Belfast, the center serves as an educational and cultural hub for the Midcoast community. Over 100 participants have graduated from the program to date.

For more information about the program, visit MidcoastLeadershipAcademy.org, call Robin McIntosh at 236-9702, or email info@MidcoastLeadershipAcademy.org.