Project Lead

Project LEAD Logo3 Color copy

The Chamber’s leadership program, Project LEAD, begins its 30th year on September 13, 2017 at the Jones Dairy Farm Homestead, followed by monthly sessions at area companies and organizations. Project LEAD participants are introduced to the leadership of the area’s largest employers, while learning the inner workings of what makes the community function. Facilitated by Mike Wallace, President and CEO of Fort HealthCare, the program strives to build future leaders with a desire to serve the community, so participants also determine a project that addresses a local issue or concern. 

If you would like to participate in this year’s Project LEAD class, click here to view the Project LEAD brochure and application. Class size is limited to 15 participants and registration deadline is August 30, 2017. 

 

 

Project LEAD over the years

 

2017 – Expansion of the Dwight Foster Public Library’s bilingual resources collection

2016 – Refurbishing the trails, handrails, landscaping and signage at the Brietkze Educational Wetlands

The first Project LEAD class poses for a picture at their graduation.

The first Project LEAD class poses for a picture at their graduation.

2015 – Planted trees in Ralph Park affected by Emerald Ash Borer

2014 – Trailway Park

2013 – Veterans Memorial at McCoy Park

2012 – Barrie Park Restrooms

2011 – “Then and Now” Historic Pictorial Book of Fort Atkinson

2010 – Enhancement of Barrie Park Band Shell

2009 – Install fence around playground at Lorman Park, add sign commemorating record flood level of 2008

2008 – Lighted crossing signs for bike trail, planted 20 trees at Jones Park, and design a “green” bathroom for Lorman Park

2007 – New playground equipment at Ralph Park

2006 – Trail Markers at Mush-Ko-Se-Day Park

2005 – Mile markers along the bike trail and lights for the holiday tree at Lorman Park

2004 – River Walk railing and scanner for the Hoard Historical Museum

2003 – Placed identification blocks in front of historical sites and refurbished the plaque at the original fort site

2002 – Fort Atkinson welcome sign in front of Armory

The 2013 class of Project LEAD meets for their retreat. This half-day rustic workshop helps participants build relationships and develop leadership skills.

The 2013 class of Project LEAD meets for their retreat. This half-day rustic workshop helps participants build relationships and develop leadership skills.

2001 – Cut pathways for walking paths and Dorothy Carnes Park

2000 – Lighted event sign and historic walkway at Jones Park

1999 – Added a water-fountain along the bike trail

1998 – Landscaped HWY 26 Bypass signs

1997 – Initiated Adopt-a-Park program with Fort Atkinson Parks and Recreation

1996 – Lighted outdoor locator map at the Chamber of Commerce

1995 – Phone Blitz to get people out to vote

1994 – First Buckskinner Rendezvous held in Fort Atkinson

1993 – Built fence around Panther Intaglio

1992 – Compiled list of available meeting facilities for business and industry; created listing of available community activities for youth; created design for bathrooms at Lorman Park

1991 – Recycling Committee formed

1990 – Developed Employee Assistance program

1989 – First Project LEAD class graduates

 

 

To contribute to a Project LEAD project, visit www.fortfoundation.org and click on the “Donate Now” button.