PITTSBURG — Leaders from all over Kansas will be descending on Pittsburg this week as the members of Leadership Kansas visit the area.

According to the Leadership Kansas website, the program’s purpose is, “to serve as a catalyst for the continued development of leadership throughout Kansas.”

Started in 1979 the program identifies leaders from across the state, helps inform them on key state issues, encourages them to remain involved in their communities and helps maintain a relevant network of alumni throughout the state. They choose 40 leaders yearly to tour the state.

According to Leadership Kansas Local Program Chair, John Clark, the visit is a good opportunity for leaders from across the state to get to know the area.

“Many of the people participating don’t know a lot about Southeast Kansas,” Clark said. “This is a good time to introduce them and showcase our successes.”

Clark said that while in the area they will be visiting several local businesses and landmarks. The participants will be touring businesses like Miller's Professional Imaging and Pitsco as well as attending presentations from a wide variety of local professionals.

Not everyone will be traveling a long distance to participate. Three of the attendees are local to the area. President of the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce, Blake Benson, is serving as the State Program Chair this year. Kathleen Flannery from Pittsburg State University, and Brandee Johnson from Limelight Marketing were also selected to be a part of the 2018 Leadership Kansas program.

Clark said that the area is not only a stopping point for the attendees but also boasts many graduates from it as well.

“We have a strong alumni presence here in Southeast Kansas,” Clark said. “We are very fortunate to have these new members as well as those alumni in our area.”