Leadership Visit

What is Leadership Visit?

The Leadership Visit is an annual fall experience coordinated by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce for a diverse delegation of business, education, government, and community leaders from Columbia and Boone County.  This provides a valuable format to bring together community leaders, decision-makers, and ideas in order to openly discuss and address challenges facing our community while taking advantage of opportunities and making positive changes.  In addition to facilitating the exchange of ideas, the Leadership Visit allows for high-level network development and relationship building among business and civic leaders.

Leadership Visit 2019 Group Photo

Applications for Leadership Visit 2021 to Athens, GA, are open!

Nicknamed the Classic City, Athens is best known as the home of the University of Georgia. The city has also built a name for its thriving music industry, booming arts district, outstanding public and private schools, and high-quality colleges and universities. Columbia and Athens share many commonalities, such as population size, median age, and being home to major universities. In terms of business openings and population increase, Athens has outpaced the national average for decades. You can find out more about Athens here and here.

Specific sessions for the Leadership Visit are currently being developed and may include entrepreneurism & retention of local business, tourism, education, DEI, and more.

If you have questions about Leadership Visit contact the Vice President of External Affairs, Lily White, at [email protected]

Thank you to 2021 Leadership Visit Presenting Sponsor:

Watch a recap of Leadership Visit 2020 below

Read about the 2019 Leadership visit to Tuscaloosa, AL, plus more past leadership visits below

Previous Leadership Visits

Boone Hospital Center