Leadership Allegany is a joint initiative of Houghton University, the Cuba Chamber of Commerce, and Alfred State College. The program provides a dynamic learning environment where adult professionals who live, work, or have a vested interest in Allegany County grow their leadership abilities, create connections, and impact their communities.
Houghton University and The Greater Allegany County Chamber of Commerce (GACCC) collaborated to establish a county wide 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. The program has produced well over 100 alumni to date.Alfred State College came on board to join as co-chair in March 2017. After GACCC ceased operation, the Cuba Chamber of Commerce further solidified its long term support by formally joining this initiative in 2022. 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.