NEW PORT RICHEY — Leadership Pasco is now accepting applications for its Class of 2018.

Leadership Pasco seeks to foster emerging and existing community leaders who live or work here and want to learn more about the inner workings of Pasco County.

Since 1990, Leadership Pasco has introduced business and community leaders to major facets of the Pasco County community through an intensive 10-month course, spokeswoman Carla Armstrong reports.

Monthly program sessions begin with orientation in August and conclude with a graduation ceremony in May 2018.

Class members participate in full-day program sessions, tours and candid conversations with community leaders to broaden their local understanding of the everchanging needs of Pasco.

Topics include criminal justice, healthcare, education, government, infrastructure, media and business industries.

In addition, each Leadership Pasco class organizes a project that brings charitable people and resources together to address a social, educational, economic, environmental or cultural need.

Applications are due no later than June 1. Forms are available online at

Led by chair Heather Grimes, the recruitment committee will review applications in mid-June and alert 2018 class members by the end of June.

For more than 25 years, Leadership Pasco has helped to identify and recruit leaders to encourage an exchange of ideas and generate enthusiasm for community growth and development, Armstrong emphasizes.

For more information, visit or call 727-534-4280.