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Dear Applicant,

We are excited that you are considering applying for one of the state’s premier leadership programs, which now maintains a prestigious alumni network more than 425 strong. BRLI is an exciting and rewarding professional and personal growth opportunity. As our application pool increases each year, there are some critical items we ask that you consider prior to submitting this application. 

Our Mission: Educate, Challenge, Inspire, Engage, and Connect Leaders for the future of the Bangor Region.

Attendance at every session is a crucial element to your experience in the program, as well as for the other participants who will greatly benefit from your full commitment. The program commences with a two consecutive day requirement (the second Thursday and Friday in October) and the remainder of the curriculum requires one set calendar day on the first Thursday of each month through May.

Every session is mandatory and any absence will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Your employer should be aware that you will be absent from work and unavailable during class days.

Additionally, your BRLI class will be assigned to work on a project for a selected area nonprofit. This project will require significant extracurricular time outside of the dedicated curriculum days.

Please be aware that applications are not accepted on a first come, first serve basis. We allow a maximum of 26 participants each year to maintain the quality of the program. Selection is designed to bring together a diverse group and is based on a variety of factors including your leadership experience, professional industry, and passion for the greater Bangor area. If your application and requested information and required forms are not received by the deadline, your application will be marked as incomplete. The deadline for application is Friday, June 14, 2019.

Once again, thank you for your interest in the Bangor Region Leadership Institute. If you have any questions about the program, or would like to hear about our BRLI experiences, please feel free to contact any of the BRLI Steering Committee members. If you have questions about the application materials please contact Shelly Reilly, Program Coordinator for the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce at 947-0307 or by email at [email protected].


Jason Clay ‘13

Program Chair

Bangor Region Leadership Institute

[email protected]


Time Commitment:

Each BRLI Day takes place at a thematically specific site throughout the Bangor region. A detailed curriculum including class locations, workshop titles, and presenters will be sent to each participant upon acceptance.

2019-2020 Class Dates
Thursday, October 10 Thursday, February 6
Friday, October 11 Thursday, March 5
Thursday, November 7 Thursday, April 2
Thursday, December 5 Thursday, May 7
Thursday, January 2 Wednesday May 13 (Annual Dinner and Graduation)*

*All dates above require attendance 8am-5pm, with the exception of Wednesday May 13. Attendance for class participants will be required at the Annual Dinner and Graduation from 5pm-8pm.

Program cost: $1150.  No money is required at this time. Payment, if accepted, will be due on August 15th, unless other arrangements have been made. If payment is not received, or arrangements made by August 15th, a late charge of $150 will be assessed.

A limited number of partial scholarships are available based on demonstrated need. To receive a scholarship you must fill out the attached scholarship application.

How to apply:  

A) Print off the class of 2020 BRLI Application and send completed application materials to Shelly Reilly, BRLI Program Coordinator, by Friday June 14, 2019. E-Mail: [email protected] Fax: 207.990.1427, Mail: Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce, 2 Hammond Street, Bangor, ME 04401.

B) Submit your application online using the form below.  You will need to download and complete the Time Commitment 2020 & Scholarship 2020 (if necessary) forms to attach along with a copy of your resume.


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