The Johnsonburg Community Trust (JCT) and Leadership Elk and Cameron (LEC) are collecting information which will be used by local organizations / groups to improve existing programs and services, as well as provide insight on developing those in the future to better serve the region. The questions regard healthcare, public organizations, local events, as well as programs and services. This survey will only take about 10 minutes and all responses will be anonymous.


About the LEC Program

The mission of Leadership Elk & Cameron is to educate its participants in the strengths and weaknesses of the region in order to develop informed, civic-oriented volunteers to help direct the future of Elk and Cameron Counties.

This hands-on program is open to anyone over the age of 18 who lives or works in Elk or Cameron County. The class meets on the second Wednesday of each month from September to June. LEC provides a view of the inner workings of Elk & Cameron County from the environment, the arts, education, health and human services, tourism, communication skills, government structure, history, public issues and personal leadership styles. The program sessions are held in various locations in Elk and Cameron Counties and includes a trip to Harrisburg.

For more information, call us at the CEC, 814-781-3437 or email

Goals of the LEC Program:

Community Understanding and Awareness:

Educating participants in the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and assets of our communities and the implications for the future.

Collaborative Leadership and Relationship Building:

Providing opportunities for participants to understand and enhance their personal and professional skills and knowledge, make partnerships across a broad continuum of leaders, and effectively lead with others.

Civic Readiness:

Fostering experiences, behaviors, and attitudes that will spark participation within communities including service on community boards, in local government, and leading improvement efforts.

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“The Community Leaders of Today Preparing the Community Leaders of Tomorrow”

Join the more than 200 graduates of the Counties’ only leadership development program. Leadership Elk & Cameron (LEC) was created in 2007 to educate its participants in the strengths and opportunities of the county in order to develop informed, civic-oriented volunteers to help direct the future of the region. The program fosters the development of local home-grown leaders and establishes a network of responsible individuals who can in turn, pass on the benefits to employers and community groups.

LEC is entering its sixteenth year in September 2022 with more than 200 participants completing the LEC program since the inaugural 2007 class. LEC was developed when a need for leaders was identified as a major concern for our rural communities. Community awareness is key to the development of a well rounded leader. The Community Education Council of Elk and Cameron Counties, the Ridgway-Elk Chamber of Commerce/Main Street Program and the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce have collaborated to present the 10 month, adult leadership program – Leadership Elk and Cameron (LEC).

An advisory committee of over thirty people work on planning and presenting each monthly program and LEC was developed with the assistance of a grant from the Stackpole Hall Foundation.

For more information about the LEC program and future LEC classes contact the CEC at 814-781-3437.