Leadership Centre County was founded in 1991 as a 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to the development of qualified leaders within the community. The establishment of the organization was a cooperative effort of the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County, the Bellefonte Intervalley Area Chamber of Commerce, the Moshannon Valley Economic Development Partnership, and the Pennsylvania State University. The first class began in September 1992 and graduated the following May.
Leadership Centre County is a self-sustaining organization governed by a board of directors. It is one of more than hundreds of similar programs across the country. Since its founding, the program has graduated 1,051 class members from its flagship Community Leadership Program who now serve as volunteers, committee chairs, and board members of more than 600 Centre County organizations.