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Learning about the “underground” of Auburn revealed a network of connected leaders who do more than their 9-5 jobs to contribute to the community.
That’s one of many things this year’s Leadership Auburn class said they learned during their nine-month tour of the Auburn area and its operations. And it is one of the reasons why this year’s class hopes other Auburn area residents will sign up for a future Leadership Auburn.
Participants said they were unaware of how much commitment and energy many local leaders in the areas of county and city government, hospitals, education and more put into their jobs. They said they were also unaware of the challenges those leaders face.
One participant commented that he learned “how the sausage is made.”
Another member said she enjoyed meeting leaders of public services because now she knows who to call for questions. She said she was surprised to find out how accessible they are.
Participating in Leadership Auburn led class members to find solutions to shortfalls they noticed. This year’s class has developed a plan to improve and install new signage directing motorists to key points of interest in Auburn.
The class was working to develop a master plan and presented it in a community workshop in April. The next steps will be to take the matter through the city council and identify funding.
Leadership Auburn members hope others in the area will sign up for next year’s class so they, too, can learn about their community and how to be involved.
Many members said they learned the value of being a part of the community and giving back to it.

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Take the lead
What:
Leadership Auburn, a nine-month program to learn about the community, managed by the Auburn Chamber of Commerce
When: Starts in late September; Applications accepted now
Call: (530) 885-5616, ext. 223