As the Hamilton Co. Leadership Academy celebrates its 25th anniversary, Current is highlighting local leaders who have helped build and sustain the program, which focuses on strengthening our community by developing informed leaders. In June, another class of engaged citizens will join the 600-plus graduates already working to make a difference.
Liz Tate, HCLA Class of 2002
Hometown: Livingston, California
Family: Husband Robert; son Ben
Career, community involvement: Vice President for Community Investment, Central Indiana Community Foundation. Tate also serves on the boards of Hamilton Co. Purdue Extension Office and HCLA.
Biggest HCLA takeaway: “The exposure to the entire county and a better understanding of how it works.”
What impact has the program made on the community? “HCLA has provided our community with incredible business, civic, and political leadership.”
Most valuable lesson learned through HCLA: “The power of a group of unrelated individuals to create a solution for community benefit.”
What will Hamilton Co. leaders be saying about our community 25 years from now? “They will be grateful for the collaborative spirit of each of our communities to work together to benefit all residents of the county. It is because of this that our community enjoys public transportation and quality-of-life benefits that other communities envy.”
What is your vision for the future of Hamilton Co.? “That we are a diverse community that provides employment, housing, education, and access to public spaces for all.”
What is one change you would love to see that would improve our community for everyone? “Noblesville is fortunate to have a small public transportation program. I would love to see this program expanded and provide transportation services that would ultimately connect to the large transportation system.”
Favorite thing to do in Hamilton Co.: Symphony on the Prairie
Best-kept Hamilton Co. secret: “Forest Park, a beautiful place in Noblesville.”