ABILENE- The Texas Midwest Community Network (TMCN) is pleased to announce that Year 5 of Leadership TMCN will begin on Wednesday, January 17 and the class is forming now. Member communities are invited and encouraged to enroll up to four high school juniors in this one-of-a-kind program designed to maximize their leadership potential within the communities they live and serve.

ABILENE- The Texas Midwest Community Network (TMCN) is pleased to announce that Year 5 of Leadership TMCN will begin on Wednesday, January 17 and the class is forming now. Member communities are invited and encouraged to enroll up to four high school juniors in this one-of-a-kind program designed to maximize their leadership potential within the communities they live and serve.

Students and their local business mentor will be inspired by engaging presentations from the team of Tutt & Daggs, Inc. (www.tuttdaggs.com) which are designed to challenge them regarding their current level of commitment, educate them on the importance of creating value with others and that there is a difference between just being present and being passionate about what you do.

The ultimate outcome of this program is for the students and business mentors to develop and carry out impactful projects within their communities. Projects will be recognized at the 2018 Texas Midwest Annual Conference in October 2018 and participating students will be eligible for scholarships based on the quality and impact of their specific project. Past projects have included park renovations, historic preservation efforts, restoration of community landmarks, health and safety education, a community food pantry, and even the development of a new history curriculum for a local school district.

“The Leadership TMCN Program provides students and business leaders exposure and inspiration on various leadership topics, opportunities to network with peer groups from other communities, and direction to develop and implement programs within their community to address a specific issue," said TMCN Executive Director Kathy Keane "We are proud to recognize the work and accomplishments of these student leaders who exhibit the hope and promise of rural Texas.”

For more information about Leadership TMCN and how to register, visit www.tmcn.org/leadership-tmcn.

TMCN is a regional organization focused on community and economic development, regional promotion, education, and legislative awareness. The organization sponsors networking events throughout the year and projects to market the region for business and tourism development.

TMCN Member cities are: Abilene, Albany, Anson, Aspermont, Baird, Ballinger, Brady, Breckenridge, Bronte, Brownwood, Buffalo Gap, Cisco, Clyde, Coleman, Colorado City, Comanche, Cross Plains, De Leon, Dublin, Early, Eastland, Eden, Goldthwaite, Gorman, Graham, Hamilton, Hamlin, Haskell, Hico, Jacksboro, Jayton, Knox City, Menard, Merkel, Miles, Munday, Ranger, Rising Star, Robert Lee, Rising Star, Roscoe, Rotan, San Saba, Santa Anna, Seymour, Snyder, Stamford, Strawn, Sweetwater, Throckmorton, Tye, and Winters.