Applications are being accepted through July 31 for the 2013-14 class of Leadership Dickson County, a program of the Dickson County Chamber of Commerce aimed at developing a diverse network of leaders throughout the county with a broad understanding of community needs and issues. Nominations for the new class can be made by individuals, organizations or businesses or interested candidates can nominate themselves. The program starts in September with two full days of activities to enhance personal development and group dynamics. That is followed by monthly day-long programs focusing on the history of Dickson County, social services, healthcare, education, city, county and state government, economic development, tourism and communication, culminating with graduation in May 2014. Class sessions include tours, guest speakers, panel presentations and role play exercises to broaden perspectives and strengthen decision-making skills. After completion, participants are eligible to join the Leadership Dickson County Alumni Association, which provides opportunities for continuing educational and social interaction. Since the first Leadership Dickson County class graduated in 1993, the alumni association has been instrumental in a number of local efforts including the construction of a challenge course at Montgomery Bell State Park, the creation of the Education Edge Partnership, the creation of the Community Foundation of Dickson County and starting the Youth Leadership Dickson County programs at Dickson County and Creek Wood high schools in a partnership with UT Extension. Tuition for Leadership Dickson County is $375 and some scholarships are available. Applications are available at the UT Extension-Dickson County office, the Dickson County Chamber of Commerce or online at dicksoncountychamber.com. The application deadline is July 31 and a selection committee appointed by the Leadership Dickson County Board of Directors will select the new class. For more information, contact the chamber of commerce at 446-2349.