The Belton Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for the 2021-2022 class of Leadership Belton, a 10-month program focusing on three key elements: community awareness, leadership training, and team building. The program provides opportunities for participants to learn about and engage in the community through site visits, meetings and presentations with community leaders, and working on project teams.

“Leadership Belton has been an exceptional experience for our past participants, and we expect this year to be another great experience,” stated Randy Pittenger, Belton Area Chamber President/CEO. “We expect to have another strong group of participants this year, representing a variety of businesses and resources in our community. The opportunities to learn and grow through this program are significant for each participant, and our community benefits from their service and leadership as well.”

Participants are selected through an application process and meet monthly with a specific focus for each session. The first session focuses on leadership skills and team building, with other sessions focusing on Social Services, Education (public, private, and post- secondary), Healthcare, Economic Development, City and County Government, State Government, Quality of Life/Recreation, and the Military (Fort Hood). Visits to key locations around the Belton area for a behind-the-scenes look at the operations of various businesses and organizations include opportunities to meet with a variety of community leaders.

Another significant element of the program is the team building component. Participants are divided into two groups and asked to select a project within our community that will have lasting impact. Each group is assigned a mentor to assist in the project planning and implementation process. These projects become a source of pride for the members, as well as an opportunity to contribute to the betterment of the community.

For more information about Leadership Belton, other programs, or membership in the Belton Area Chamber of Commerce, visit the website at, call 254-939-3551, or email ###