Leadership Merced reduces participation fees by $150

Participation fees for Leadership Merced, a long-running leadership development program of the Greater Merced Chamber of Commerce, have been reduced to $600 for the 2011-12 class. Previous fees for the program were $750.

The tuition decrease is a response to the economy and a reflection of the program's recent adoption of a more conservative budget.

Applications for Leadership Merced are available on the chamber's website and are accepted throughout the year. Leadership Merced is open to employees of all types, including home-based business owners, government/education employees and others. Class 27 will begin in September, and all applicants must participate in an interview process.