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An Ongoing Legacy

Building from Within

Beginning in 2005, Powhatan Leadership Institute (PLI) has helped enable residents of Powhatan to better lead and serve within our county.

Knowledge that Inspires

With an annual class consisting of up to 35 students, PLI  introduces residents to various details of county government, departments, services, resources, community organizations, judicial system, and businesses.

Enrich Yourself and Others

Whether you're currently active within Powhatan or are looking for an opportunity to be as such, PLI will equip you with practical information and useful networking to help bring more impact to your endeavors.

About Us


What is PLI?

The Powhatan Leadership Institute (PLI) is a program that consists of 15 interactive sessions. These sessions include a bus tour of Powhatan, a day trip to the General Assembly, a dinner with the Powhatan Board of Supervisors/School Board and a Recognition Dinner at the completion of the program.

Most meetings will be held Tuesday evenings from 7:00PM to 9:15PM at various locations throughout the county with networking and refreshments available at 6:30PM. 

The bus tour of Powhatan is both informational and full of history, and includes lunch at one of our local businesses.

The weekday trip to Richmond includes a tour of the state capital, meetings with our local political representatives and time to observe activities in the General Assembly. This trip is enlightening, informative and full of history. Lunch and transportation is provided at no additional charge.

A maximum of 35 non-elected Powhatan County of prospective Powhatan County residents will be accepted on a first come-first served basis. Participants are expected to attend as many sessions as possible, and missing more than three scheduled sessions may result in unsuccessful completion of the course. 

The registration fee is $75 if paid before October 31st, $90 thereafter. There are no additional charges for any of the activities, meals or refreshments.

The Powhatan Leadership institute is dependent upon donations from the community organizations, local area businesses and individuals. Numerous county officials, employees, businesses and organization representatives give their time and talents to make this program a great success.


Mission & Goal


The Powhatan Leadership Institute informs, educates and enlightens interested citizens about issues facing the county to foster citizen involvement in making Powhatan an even more desirable place to live, work and enjoy life.

Our goal is to develop on an annual basis, a group of county citizens motivated to participate in current and future county activities. The Powhatan Leadership Institute recognizes that good and effective leadership spans far beyond those in positions of authority, and is not limited to any one race, culture or economic status. The goal of the PLI is to help the County reap the benefits of the varied talents and skills of the citizens of Powhatan County by:

  • Identifying potential leaders throughout the county
  • Helping cultivate the leadership skills of citizens
  • Encouraging potential leaders to take a more active role in the county
  • Educating participants about the opportunities and challenges in Powhatan County
  • Providing a forum for current and potential leaders to meet and discuss issues
  • Developing a spirit of cooperation to benefit the county as a whole.
  • Acquainting citizens with day-to-day operations of their county’s government




Encourage program participants from all areas of the county to become involved in community activities and to develop leadership skills.

Expand citizen leadership potential by increasing their knowledge of Powhatan County and the critical issues facing its citizens.

Encourage citizen involvement between program participants and current community and local government leaders.

Recognize those citizens who have an interest in helping the county develop its vision to become a desirable place to live, work and enjoy life.

Graduates will:

  • Better appreciate their community
  • Become better citizens
  • Develop new interests
  • Find volunteer work
  • Build knowledge of the political process
  • Contribute to the county
  • Learn county geography, culture and history
  • Develop a sense of place
  • Network with other citizens
  • Build friendships
  • Share Talents
  • Improve their quality of life
  • Become a part of the Powhatan Leadership Institute

Contact and Registration

If you have questions regarding PLI please contact us here. Regarding registration, the 2020 Class is now full. Please check in towards the end of the summer for information regarding the 2021 Class.

2020 Sponsors

Thank you to our Title Sponsors


Thank you to our Gold Sponsors


Thank you to our Silver Sponsor


Thank you to our Bronze Sponsors