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Southern believes that a common trait of strong communities is effective local leadership. Strong local leadership ensures that community organizations work together to create positive change and provide overall vision and guidance that makes things happen.
The goals of Southern’s leadership initiatives are to increase citizen involvement, promote interaction between community organizations and foster an environment that encourages cooperation, new ideas, and civic pride.
Southern’s community planning processes aren’t just talking sessions. Southern helps the community create an infrastructure to set action steps, create action plans, and identify and enlist the community actors to do what it takes to achieve the community’s strategic goals. Southern provides technical assistance to groups to help develop their capacity to implement these plans. When no such group exists, Southern works with the community to create new institutions to fill the gap. Southern helps its communities work together and take the initiative.
For more information, please view our Strategic Community Plans on our Publications page here.