The Baton Rouge Area Chamber is taking applications until 5 p.m. Friday for its 2017 Baton Rouge Area Leadership Program class.

The program prepares a diverse group of professionals for leadership positions in the community. It focuses during a nine-month program on key issues and areas of concern such as education; diversity; city and state government; health care and social concerns; economic development; the arts and media; and the criminal justice system.

Nominees are accepted from public and private agencies, corporations, civic and other organizations, and individual nominators. Applicants are accepted on the basis of demonstrated leadership ability through career or community achievements, concern for the future of the Baton Rouge area, and a commitment to the program.

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