The deadline to participate in a program sponsored by The Chamber of Gadsden Etowah which presents forums to motivate local leadership is fast approaching. According to Gadsden Etowah Chamber of Commerce President Heather Brothers-New, Leadership Etowah is a program in which each year brings together a class of ten participants for ten one-day retreats. The program objective is to present to the participants a series of issues-oriented forums based on the belief that knowledge is a key element and prime motivator of leadership. New says, class members visit organizations and institutions across Etowah County. This allows them to seek a mutual understanding of the priorities and problems facing the county. The program requires a letter of support from the applicant’s employer because attendance for program activities is mandatory.