note from brandy grace, uac ceo


Dear County Elected Officials, 


I am reaching out to invite you to apply for the new Utah Rural Leadership Academy


This year-long Academy kicks off at the One Utah Summit in Cedar City, Oct. 4-6 with Gov. Spencer J. Cox facilitating a leadership training day. The year-long Academy combines in-person and online learning opportunities and culminates with a Rural Governance Incubator experience for workshopping rural issues. 


Managing partners for the Academy include Utah Association of Counties, Office of the Governor, and Southern Utah University. Its purpose is to offer key relationship building combined with collaborative growth and development opportunities for assisting counties in operating vibrantly, responding to demands and preparing for Utah’s future.


With just 40 seats available, we are looking for at least one representative from each of Utah’s 29 counties. You can learn more about the program and apply at suu.edu/urla


To be considered for participation in the 2021-2022 inaugural cohort, your application will need to be received by August 5 at 11:59 p.m., though I would recommend applying ASAP. Your costs for participation and travel accommodations will be covered upon acceptance. 


Thank you for considering this invitation to apply!



Brandy Grace


Utah Association of Counties

academy timeline


  • August 5 - Application Deadline

  • September - Orientation

  • October - Kickoff at One Utah Summit 

  • October-December - Public Budgeting and Finance 

  • January - New Year Social

  • March-May - Relationships and Partnerships in Government 

  • May-August - Rural Governance Incubator

  • October - Graduation at One Utah Summit



​Costs for participation and travel accommodations for county elected officials will be covered upon acceptance into the program.