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Patton Leadership Institute Class Immersed in Letcher County's Rich Heritage and Community Initiativ

Letcher County, May 16, 2023 – Patton Leadership Institute made an insightful visit to Letcher County on May 4, 2023. The class, comprising aspiring leaders from diverse backgrounds across east Kentucky, were exposed to the remarkable work being done by local organizations and individuals to promote tourism, preserve natural resources, and strengthen community ties.
The class had the privilege of hearing from prominent community figures such as Missy Matthews, representing Letcher County Tourism, Jeffery Justice from Pine Mountain Partnership, and Valerie Horn, the visionary force behind the Cowan Community Center. These inspiring individuals provided valuable insights into their respective areas of expertise, demonstrating the exceptional leadership that Letcher County has to offer.
During their visit, the class embarked on a memorable tour of Kentucky Mist Distillery. Known for their commitment to producing high-quality spirits while preserving traditional craftsmanship, the distillery left a lasting impression on the participants. The tour included an in-depth look at the distilling process and a tasting experience that showcased the distillery's unique flavors and dedication to excellence.
Additionally, the Patton Leadership Institute class had the opportunity to explore downtown Whitesburg through a captivating walking tour led by Mayor Tiffany Craft. The tour not only allowed the class to appreciate the town's charming aesthetics and historic landmarks, but it also provided insights into the mayor’s leadership strategies for fostering a vibrant and thriving community.
Patton Leadership Institute remains dedicated to fostering leadership skills and empowering individuals to create meaningful change. By immersing participants in such experiences, the program ensures participants gain practical knowledge and insights that can be applied in their future endeavors.
For more information about the Chamber or Patton Leadership Institute visit them online at or call 606.432.5504.
The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is located at 178 College Street in Pikeville and serves more than 500 businesses in eight Eastern Kentucky Counties: Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, and Pike. The Chamber’s mission is to serve the businesses of Southeastern Kentucky through a commitment to networking, advocacy, education, and collaboration as we partner together to enhance the business climate in our region.

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