Community Leadership Alliance

What is CLA?

The Community Leadership Alliance of Southwest Wisconsin program provides an opportunity for current & future leaders to become more aware of the dynamics of issues facing our communities and to expand opportunities for leadership. Each session will challenge you to increase your knowledge and become actively involved with community leaders.


How will Community Leadership Alliance benefit me?

Developed in 1999, CLA was initiated to address the need for committed and progressive community leaders. Through CLA, you’ll increase your personal effectiveness, acquire team-building skills and learn more about Southwestern Wisconsin; its heritage as well as its growth and its future. You’ll gain skills to access and provide for the needs of your community. You’ll discover where there are opportunities for your involvement and leadership. You’ll become a more valuable resource to your employer, your community and to Southwest Wisconsin.

·         Strengthen leadership and community networks in Southwest Wisconsin.

·         Strengthen & develop individual decision-making and leadership skills.

·         Develop an increased understanding of community issues affecting Southwest Wisconsin.

·         Encourage the emergence of community leadership.


Participants meet the last Wednesday of each month from January through June at sites throughout Southwest Wisconsin.

CLA is sponsored by the Platteville Area Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the UW-Extension Community Resource Development in Grant and Iowa Counties, and UW-Platteville Continuing Education.


The Community Leadership Alliance Alumni Association, now made up of over 450 influential leaders in Southwest Wisconsin, prides itself on strengthening community leadership, social and professional networking, and addressing critical Southwest Wisconsin needs.


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead


For more information, go to or contact UW Extension Community Resource Development Agent, at(608) 723-2125 phone or





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