B.E.S.T. Leadership Program

The B.E.S.T Leadership Program is a partnership between the Bastrop, Elgin and Smithville Chambers of Commerce. Founded in 2004 as means to cultivate community and business leaders in Bastrop County,  the program identifies and encourages current and potential leaders by acquainting them with local needs and building an understanding of how individual talents can work together to build a more successful community.   Participants are given unique insights into city, county and state level organizations which allow them to build a more in-depth perspective of their own community’s opportunities and challenges.  Participants also receive training in the art of leadership itself, strengthening their ability to make a positive impact at home, work, and in the public forum.   The eight-session course is led by Mike Buck, with 30-years experience leading Leadership Harlingen.  Mr. Buck’s guidance represents a fresh and expanded approach to what has already become an impactful program for Bastrop County.  Participation is limited, so don’t wait.

"A critical element within a thriving community is the engagement of top-quality leaders.  Local leadership development programs are instrumental in identifying leaders, exposing those leaders to the needs and opportunities in their community, and encouraging them to become actively engaged in local organizations striving to meet those needs."

Rick Rhodes, Former Director, Office of Rural Affairs - Texas Department of Agriculture