The Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce announces the restart of its Leadership Waxahachie program.

“This chamber program actually got started in the early 1990s, but has been on a hiatus for the past few years,” said Jim Chapman, chamber board chairman. “But it’s starting up again this fall.”

Chapman said Leadership Waxahachie is a training program designed to foster leadership among young business people, who will be given such opportunities as touring businesses and industries and hearing various speakers.

“The classes will have between 12 and 20 people and consist of representatives which will be sent from various local merchants and organizations,” Chapman said, saying the emphasis of the program is to help train potential civic and business leaders by involving them in service projects and getting them up to speed on what’s going on in local business and to help them to build a network of like-minded people.

Chapman said emphasis is placed on class members bonding and developing camaraderie, stating that many of the classes travel to Athens or Palestine and participate in a ropes course.

“We are still formulating plans for the leadership sessions, which are to begin this fall,” said Chapman, who is heading up the board 50 years after his grandfather, R.F. “Dick” Chapman, who chaired the chamber board in 1958.

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