Leadership Allegany is a joint initiative of Houghton College, The Greater Allegany County Chamber of Commerce, and Alfred State College. The program provides a dynamic learning environment where adult professionals who live, work or have vested interest in Allegany County grow their leadership abilities, create connections, and impact their communities.
Houghton College and The Greater Allegany County Chamber of Commerce committed to establishing a new leadership program in January 2009. A five member committee invested a full year of research, fundraising and curriculum development. This effort resulted in successfully launching the first cohort in 2010. Since then, a new cohort has launched each year that has produced over 100 alumni to date. Alfred State College came on board to join as co-chair in March 2017. The 2010 founding sponsors included Houghton College, Allegany County Area Foundation, Allegany County United Way, ACCORD Corporation, Allegany County Department of Social Services, Literacy West NY, Inc., and the Alfred Higher Education Group.