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.