The East Tennessee Regional Leadership Association

The purpose of the program is to:

  • Provide a regional approach in addressing key issues vital to East Tennessee.

  • Discover and promote the available resources that are actively working to improve the region.

  • Create a network of concerned leaders through which information can be effectively channeled to and utilized by the existing leadership programs and the increasing number of leadership graduates in the East Tennessee area.

  • Develop recommendations for constructive actions in resolving needs. 


  • Provide a networking opportunity for community leaders from the East Tennessee region as defined by the sixteen counties in the East Tennessee Development District. 

  • Facilitate the interchange of ideas and familiarization with the various local issues of the region as they relate to the economic and community development.

  • Strengthen local leadership programs through the participation in the programs of the East Tennessee Regional Leadership Program.

  • Break down barriers to positive progress by developing a regional awareness.

  • Encourage positive steps toward resolving regional issues.

  • Promote positive aspects of participating counties with respect, understanding, and appreciation of similarities and differences.