Who runs Avery County? Who are our leaders—our movers and shakers? What local businesses and organizations are integral to the fabric of everyday life and how do they operate? What resources are available to our citizens? Interested in learning just how Avery County works and being more involved with the county’s current and future leadership? Here is your chance!

The Avery County Chamber of Commerce is offering their 6th class of Leadership Avery, an 8-
month program developed by Avery County leaders to enlighten participants about county
businesses, agencies, organizations, and resources and how they work, both individually and
together, to run our county.

The 2021 Leadership Class will kick off in March with a class orientation. The sessions will
focus on: Education, Nonprofits, Resorts and Tourism, Healthcare, Law, Courts, Government,
Media, Small Business/Entrepreneurship, Tree Farms, Local Industry and Wineries/Breweries.
The class will wrap up in October with each participant graduating, receiving certification and
enjoying dinner. Participants will walk away with a vastly expanded view of just how Avery
County operates, excellent knowledge of who to go to for what and resources to add their own
contributions to leadership in our county.

YMCA CEO, 2016 inaugural class participant and past 2017 chair Trey Oakley states,
“Leadership Avery not only opened my eyes to how much goes on in our small community, but
also introduced me to the people who are behind the majority of it. The type of person that will
benefit from Leadership Avery is someone who wants to give back, who wants to be a catalyst
for change, and who wants to ensure a brighter future for all in Avery County. I was blessed to
be surrounded with individuals concerned with our community and I look forward to growing
our alumni base to become a driving force in Avery County’s future.”

Participants must commit to one full day a month in the 8-month program and can miss only one
scheduled session. Also, the business they represent must be a member of the Avery County
Chamber of Commerce. The cost is $300 and if the participant is an employee of an area
business in most cases the employer will sponsor or pay the tuition for the participant.

For more information contact Avery County Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director,
Melynda Pepple, 828-898-5605, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applications are due Friday,
February 26, 2021. You may download an application and brochure on www.averycounty.com
or call the Avery Chamber.