Leadership Hot Springs Adult Program

Program Sections:
  • Retreat
  • History & Culture Day
  • Education Health & Human Services
  • Economic Development
  • State & Federal Government 
  • Law Enforcement
  • Environment 
  • City/County Government
Retreat: Leadership Hot Springs begins the annual program with the retreat in Camp Winnamocka in Arkadelphia. The retreat schedule includes activities to get acquainted, the "rope courses", classes in communication and leadership and social activities. Millie Patrick serves as the Chamber's Leadership Director. Bret and Nikki Jackson serve as hosts and course directors for the outdoor skill elements.

History & Culture Day: Prior to the day, classmates are asked to visit the Historical markers placed in the sidewalks between fountain by the Majestic and the corner of Central Avenue and Prospect Avenue. Historical sites toured with information provided by Historical Society, Visitors Chapel AME Church, Webb Community Center, National Park Service. 

Education Day: Study of the Education available in the Hot Springs Area. Travel and touring the Arkansas School for Math, Science and Arts; Oaklawn Magnet School; Gardner Magnet School, Fountain Lake School. Panel discussion on other area schools.

Health & Human Services: Day includes panel discussion with Chairman from Charitable Christian Medical Clinic; St Joseph's Mercy Health Center; National Park Medical Center; Health Park Hospital. Tour of First Step School, Hot Springs Rehabilitation Center and Small Group Therapy. Round table discussion on aging and senior care. Samaritan Ministries and Emergency Response will also present information on their programs.

Economic Development: Local Economy overview by Chamber of Commerce and GCEDC; Tourism impact and outlook interview with Steve Arrison. Technology Panel Discussion with representatives from Stanley Associates; Aerojet; Accent and Xerox. Manufacturing Panel Discussion with Munro & Company Triumph Fabrication and Triumph Airborne Structures; ending with market presentation by Cranford, Johnson Robinson and Woods including a Tour of the Convention Center.

State & Federal Government: Objective is to furnish participants with an overview of the operations of state and federal government entities; provide the opportunity for direct contact with and insight from State and Federal Officials; direct contact with the policy-makers and bill-makers, judges, senators, representatives, state office holders and lobbyists and to focus on key issues affecting the current politics of the State of Arkansas. Group will travel to the State Capitol. Homework will include research of how a bill becomes a law. 

Law Enforcement: Group will visit the City Police Department; District Court; Juvenile Court; Detention Center; eat lunch provided by the Sheriff's department, travel to Spring Street Substation; have policing presentation and substation tour; have presentation provided by Hot Springs Police Department including the K-9 Demonstration and meeting with FBI Special agent. Homework includes a ride-along with either a City Police; County Sheriff or any other law enforcement officer.

Environment: Day Sponsors are Weyerhaeuser Company and National Park Medical Center. Tour will include wastewater treatment & composting centers; Entergy Park; Garvan Woodland Gardens with information and discussions of those facilities. Virtually every element of community leadership is influenced by and has impact upon our environment. This dual action of influence and impact requires awareness and attention to the tradeoffs. Actions taken to enhance one aspect of the environment may degrade another. Greatest community benefit is served when environmental tradeoffs are understood and balanced. Goals are increased participant awareness of some of the factors impacting the environment in our community - specifically, learn more about: environmental tradeoffs associated with producing forest products; the importance of parks and green space to our community's environment; infrastructure and environment; utilizing environmental assets to promote tourism; environmental decision - making and issues on the horizon.

City/County Government: Airport update including tour of facility; overview of City Government; Panel Discussion with Hot Springs Board of Directors; Year in Government; Meet City Department Heads