CCIA to eliminate Leadership Cumberland County

Don Rainear with the help of Lou’s appointees on the board of the CCIA helped Lou Magazzu realize his goal of scuttling Leadership Cumberland County (LCC). Lou was one of the very few people that failed to graduate from this program.

Cumberland County Improvement Authority board members voted Tuesday to eliminate funding for the Leadership Cumberland County program.

The program, otherwise known as “The Center for Leadership, Community and Neighborhood Development, costs the CCIA between $100,000 and $125,000 each year to run with assistance from Cumberland County College, that provides the program with workspace and materials.

It provides seminars and training in leadership sklls for Cumberland County residents involved or interested in becoming involved in their community.

The elimination of funding for Leadership Cumberland County is part of an overall strategy being employed by CCIA leaders to help deal with the authority’s financial problems by minimizing its involvement in programs not directly related to waste management and grant funding for community development.

As one of hundreds of participants in this program I can attest as to the value to the community. I suspect Lou’s venom towards this program stems from the fact that they would not bend the rules for him. He was refused graduation since he could not honor his own promise and obligation to attend twelve workshops. But then we already know that Lou believes that people, such as his crony Todd Edwards, should be paid for no-shows.

This is a shame, and I hope that LCC finds funding elsewhere to continue this truly worthwhile program. It has certainly been valuable to me, opening my eyes to many aspects of local government, and forging friendships and relationships with others in the county that I otherwise would not have met. Every former graduate that I have had the pleasure of speaking with confirms my experience, and having strong leadership skills at a county level is fundamental. I suppose Lou might begrudge others developing skills that he himself never had.

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7 Responses to CCIA to eliminate Leadership Cumberland County

  1. DJ Feral says:

    Just wanted to point out a shortcoming of this endeavor, based on the quote, “The elimination of funding for Leadership Cumberland County is part of an overall strategy being employed by CCIA leaders to help deal with the authority’s financial problems by minimizing its involvement in programs not directly related to waste management and grant funding for community development.” Ironically, the CLCND office IS directly related to grant funding for community development. The article also neglected to mention that the elimination of the CLCND also eliminates all training, resources, and support to the nonprofit community of Cumberland County.

    This is just another position that Rainear will be using to run our community into the ground. I do not believe I am speaking for myself when I say that LCC, the CLCND office, and it’s Director (Jill Lombardo) are much needed assets in these current economic times.

    I think everyone should take a stand and let ‘the Don’ know that we’re tired of his incessant need to fix things that aren’t broken.

    Perhaps if he didn’t demand such a high salary, there would be enough in the CCIA budget to keep this program going. Just some food for thought.

  2. LCC Alumni says:

    I am a graduate of Leadership Cumberland County. This is indeed sad news. While I didn’t know that fact about Lou Magazzu it is not surprising. Jill Lombardo put her heart and her soul into the leadership program, and everyone including all levels of the county benefited. I hope that someone finds a way to continue this program. Perhaps Lou can be shamed into supporting it or the board of directors at the CCIA will change their decision.

  3. lou's friend says:

    I am also a graduate of LCC as well as a friend of Lou. I take exception to the statement that Lou had anything to do with the funding cut, and am sure that he supports the program.

    However I agree that the loss of the program is a significant loss to the county. There will be more lost than gained by this cut.

  4. Dante Ave says:

    Hey lou’s friend get out of his butt before he makes a sharp turn

  5. DJ Feral says:

    Well, I do have to agree with lou’s friend on one thing he said – There will be more lost than gained by this cut. It disturbs me how the impact this will have on the nonprofit community is being downplayed (even omitted) from the media.

    I wonder how many people actually realize what a major impact this will have. The CLCND office is the only office in the area to offer the services that it did – without these resources available, it will not be long until several nonprofits lose the funding they need to operate. Some people may not care about the nonprofits, but those people don’t realize the effect the nonprofit sector has on the for-profit sector. The revenues generated by some organizations is downright staggering, and will now be lost to an already hurting community.

    Hopefully others will realize this before it’s too late.

  6. Observer says:

    I noticed Lou always complained that the CCIA board was totally controlled by Wymbs when he was the director. No complaints from Louie now that Rainear is in total control. The same board members who voted for these programs under Wymbs leadership, now vote against the same programs under Rainear’s leadership.
    Truly a useless board.

  7. Oinkforfreedom says:

    Most boards are useless. If you do not control them, they will boot you and they DO NOT have to give a director a reason. Yup, its true!
    It helps a ruler to be chummy with a board.
    Another thing did not the participants have to pay $500 or $700 to enroll?

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