Leadership Hermiston

Leading the way in Umatilla County

Leadership Hermiston is a proven opportunity for community leaders to develop relationships with other leaders while exploring what makes Hermiston the best place to live and grow a business.

Leadership Hermiston is a 10-month program with full-day sessions once a month designed to inform participants of current concerns involving our community, including business, government, agriculture, health services, human needs and services, education, media and the justice system.

While touring different industries, operations and government facilities in the area, the class of 2018-2019, will see how others are giving of their time, talents and resources to help others and to make this a better place to live.

Sitting at the crossroads of interstate highways, railroad, waterways, and power grid, Hermiston is strategically placed to make a great contribution to state, the nation, and the world.


The cost of Leadership Hermiston is $700 for Chamber members and $850 for non-members.  The classes are held on the second Tuesday of each month, September through June.  Participants will be expected to attend all classes to be eligible for graduation.  Tuition is due upon notification of selection and not later than the first week of September.  Tuition is non-refundable.


Graduation is a special evening of celebration held the second Tuesday of June for participants and their guest. Participants will be able to reflect on elements of the program that have laid the foundation for growth as a leader within the community.


Team Building

The class will get to know each other with the help of their facilitator.



Look at critical water issues and the importance of agriculture in the economy.



Tour schools from kindergarten through college. Learn issues facing education, including teacher recruitment, school funding, accountability, and alternative education.


Human Needs & Services

Learn about the resources available locally from private and public agencies and groups to assist people in need.


The Justice System

Focus on law enforcement and the circuit court in Hermiston and our region with a tour of Two Rivers Correctional Institution. 


History, Medical, & Wellness

Gain knowledge of health care and concerns facing that industry and visit our newest facilities. Meet a representative of the Umatilla County Historical Society and hear some Hermiston History.


Media Day

Meet the players in our regional media, including radio, newspapers, and television.


Chamber Day at the Capitol

Trip to Salem for a tour of the state Capitol when Legislature is in session. Class will leave Monday night and return on Tuesday.


Economic Development

Learn what economic development is and how it happens on local and state levels.


Local Government & Volunteer Opportunities

A half-day session with a motivational speaker on leadership with a class discussion of opportunities for volunteer involvement in community organization.


Leadership Class Graduation