As the Hamilton County Leadership Academy approaches its 25th anniversary in 2016, Current is highlighting local leaders who have helped build and sustain the program, which focuses on strengthening our community by developing informed leaders. In June, another class of engaged citizens will join the 600-plus graduates already working to make a difference.
Allen Patterson, HCLA Class of 1995
Hometown: Lawrence, Ind.
Works: Hamilton County
Family: Wife Laura; son Aaron, 23; daughter Katherine, 20
Career: Director of Hamilton County Parks and Recreation for 23 years
Community involvement: Indiana Heritage Trust Fund/Bicentennial Nature Trust, project selection committee; Great Lakes Park Training Institute, board of regents; Friends of Hamilton County Parks, Inc. board.
Nice to know: Patterson is a part owner of the NFL’s Green Bay Packers. “(I own a share of stock.)”
Biggest HCLA takeaway: “A lot of very good contacts all across the county.”
Most vivid HCLA memory: “Opening retreat at the old Waterfront Inn in Cicero.”
What impact has HCLA made on the community? “Huge — HCLA has created a community of better connected and informed leaders.”
How has HCLA changed your perspective on community leadership? “I have sent several employees through HCLA, and I was completely shocked each time by how much more confidence and leadership skills the employees showed at the end of the program.”
Most valuable lesson learned through HCLA: “The value of connections and knowledge to our new/young community leaders.”
Last movie you saw? “‘A Walk in the Woods’ (Loved It!) at Hamilton County’s new Flix Brewhouse.”
Last book you read? Undaunted Courage
Favorite thing to do in Hamilton County: “Fish.”
Best-kept Hamilton County secret: “Quality of Fishing.”