HCI Capstone Project Proposal – Leadership Cooperative

Background: Hometown Collaborative Initiative (HCI)

Meetings: We meet every second and fourth Monday of the month, Library, 6-8 pm.

Presentation of the Concept: 2019_10_24 Concept Walk Through – Leaders Connecting Leaders

July thru October 2019.  Priorities:  Application support – Jackson Township, program and website design, by-laws.  Application Example – Jackson Township

June 10, 2019Meeting Highlights

  • Legal  Name: Brown County Leaders Connecting Leaders.
  • DBA “Brown County Leader Network”
  • We will be establishing a 501c3.
  • We approved a proposal for the development and maintenance of a website.

June 3, 2019. Program Presentation – League of Women Voters – Annual Meeting

May 31, 2019 Memorial Day 2019 – Post – Leader Cooperation

May 14, 2019 Project Update – Brown County Leadership Cooperative  (1)

(1) We are in the process of reviewing the name and governance strategies with the various group in the county to help ensure unity of effort.

Previously Approved Pathway Project 20180104 HCIBC Leadership Coop RevisedApp_Jan4Final

  • Changes:  Postponed a Food Summit until next year. Guide – Hosting a Food Summit DRAFT
  • Shifted the primary focus to immediate support for a variety of projects that can include one or more food-related projects.
  • Identified the need to develop a separate 501c3

Updated BCLC Strategic Plan 2019_05_10 BCLC Strategic Plan

Revised Draft BCLC Guide – Support Services 2019_05_07 BCLC Guide

Capstone Project Deliverables

  • New Organization – BC Leadership Cooperative – 501c3.
  • Website – to contain directory and success stories
  • Support Guide
  • Mentors and Coaches
  • Improved Leadership Capabilities
Concept:  Powerpoint Presentation of the Concept.  version 2019_03_07

Current Timeline

Project Application Requirements

A Capstone Project is a project (s) approved for an investment of up to $10,000.  The Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) – HCI  Program contributed $5,000 and the Brown County Redevelopment Commission provides another $5,000.

“Among” the current project proposals is the development of a Leadership Co-Operative.

  • A cooperative (also known as co-operative, co-op, or coop) is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations. (Wikipedia)

Leadership reduces the gap between the desired and current situation.  This is done through an assessment, a strategy, and an action plan.

Purpose:  Support a shared vision, promote and communicate the successes of existing and new organizations and initiatives, raise awareness of community needs and accomplishments, identify opportunities for volunteers, and provide ongoing support for improvement.  The Leadership Co-Op Process includes the following:

  1. Stakeholder Assessments of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT)
  2. Strategic Planning with Stakeholders
  3. Project Management. A project has a beginning and an end and produces a specific result

The “Capstone Project” is to validate a proof of concept by providing examples of successful applications:  Successes can include:

  1. A Leadership Co-Op Program and a successful project (s).  Demonstrate and document how the process was applied and led to the identification and application of the Co-Op Program to a project (s) in a Food related category.
  2. Development of a new program and project proposal (s) in a Food related category.
    1. Food Council?
    2. School Gardens?
    3. Other?
  3. Application examples developed by HCI Team members could include an existing or new program/project or initiative.



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