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      Training offered to valley leaders

      The Rio Grande Valley Partnership will begin offering this summer a new area leadership program for emerging leaders focusing on regional issues.

      The RGV partnership, which has members from the entire four-county valley area, is creating this new academy to help build more collaboration among valley cities, counties and other entities.

      RGV Partnership board members are focused on creating a program atmosphere where this diverse group is examining the valley's toughest challenges from different points of view.

      RGV leadership will be based on traditional leadership program models that most chambers have around Texas.

      It will meet monthly beginning in September and end with a commencement event in May.

      In between, the group will explore important issues in the valley and discuss possible solutions to the region's most pressing challenges. The program is also geared for networking and learning about valley areas.

      The partnership will seek to fill 25 program slots with a geographically diverse group of emerging leaders that bring their own perspectives to the group.

      The 25 will be chosen by a selection committee. Deadline for applications is Friday, August 1st.

      The first RGV leadership class will be announced on Monday, August 18th.

      There is a fee and selection criteria.

      Visit for more information and to download an application.

      For questions, email Febe Zepeda at or call 956-968-3141.