The Program

Today’s regional challenges require a new problem-solving capacity and the ability to work across political, geographical and institutional boundaries. Through LTB, leaders develop a broader awareness of the region in which they live, work and play. They acquire a greater knowledge of the interdependence of the diverse communities that constitute the Tampa Bay region. The program focuses on topics relevant to current trends and issues. The curriculum provides a framework for understanding organizational and institutional processes and responsibilities for regional planning, problem-solving and community building. Local and regional experts address diverse topics, including ingredients of a successful region, community collaboration, transportation, land use, economic and social trends.

Benefits of Membership

As the challenges and opportunities of the Tampa Bay region become more complex, there is an increasing need to develop regional leaders. Leadership Tampa Bay (LTB) is a comprehensive leadership program designed to better prepare a diverse group of community, government, business and nonprofit leaders to work collaboratively in addressing regional issues. LTB is designed to provide a unique learning experience for emerging and existing leaders through an intensive nine month program that trains, empowers and supports leaders so they can effect positive community change in the region.

Sign up Today

If you have a passion for regional progress, a commitment to the Tampa Bay community and want to take a leadership role in making the Tampa Bay area a better place to live and work, then Leadership Tampa Bay is for you.  Applications for Leadership Tampa Bay will be accepted from March to June each year.  If you would like to learn more about our program, please call our Executive Director, Alice Bessette at (813) 486-8917, or email Alice at



Now accepting applications for the Class of 2020.  Application deadline is June 8, 2019.

To apply, click on the link below and complete the application. 

A non-refundable processing fee of $50 is required with all applications and must be submitted online.  The processing fee is payable via PayPal below, check or credit card.

Tuition is based on single or double accommodations for the three overnight retreats.  If selected, tuition payment is due and must be received before September 7, 2019.

  • $3000 - Shared room with another class member during the three overnight trips.

  • $4000 - Single room during the three overnight trips.

Attendance at all sessions is expected.

Those who fail to attend the Opening and Closing Retreat or miss more than two (2) program days will be dropped without refund of tuition and sponsors will be notified.