Group of influential locals make lasting connections

Leadership DeKalb’s annual State Government Day is set for March 13 and 14. This year’s Leadership Class consists of 23 business and community leaders. State Government Day provides an opportunity for Leadership participants to broaden their scope of understanding of the Alabama legislative process while engaging government officials and visiting historical landmarks. The agenda includes visiting with Governor Kay Ivey at the Capitol, Alabama Department of Archives & History, Alabama Supreme Court and Chief Justice Tom Parker, meeting with Attorney General Steve Marshall, meeting with Jim Zeigler, hearing from Ag and Industries Commissioner Rick Pate, meeting with State Superintendent of Education Dr. Eric Mackey and meeting with key Alabama legislators, regional leaders and their staff. Their marque event happens on the evening of March 13th with a DeKalb County Legislative Reception and Dinner. Attendees range from local leaders, state legislators, the governor’s cabinet and beyond. In 2018, Speaker of the House, Mac McCutcheon received their annual Honorary Graduate Award.

“Leadership DeKalb touches far more people than just the individuals who are participating in the class at any given time,” said Leadership DeKalb County Chairman, Jason Harper. “That’s because the experience is geared toward sending graduates of Leadership DeKalb out into our communities to make an impact, a real difference. All that complete this program have a renewed belief in DeKalb County and what we all can achieve as one united DeKalb. We strive to enhance educational opportunities, grow our local economy, create engagement, awareness and help our county live up to its fullest potential.”

Leadership DeKalb is designed to identify, prepare, and build strong leaders within DeKalb County—paving the way for a thriving business environment. Participants in the program receive extensive education as they explore various sectors in DeKalb County such as Agriculture, Manufacturing, Tourism, Public Safety, Health & Social Services, as well as Local and State Government.

“Leadership DeKalb is a key driver for the development of potential and current leaders in our county. It’s amazing what we can do collectively to advance DeKalb,” says Executive Director, Janet Hartline.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. If you would like more information about Leadership DeKalb or State Government Day, please contact Jason Harper at (256) 302-1181 or email at To learn more, visit

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