In order to provide Murray/Calloway County with strong and effective leaders for the future of the community and West Kentucky region, the Leadership Murray organization was established with the assistance of the Murray-Calloway Chamber of Commerce in 1983. Leadership Murray members consist of the community's brightest individuals who excel in many areas of business and community service. Leadership Murray seeks to develop the potential in its members. Additionally, Leadership Murray provides an avenue for organizations seeking dedicated individuals to serve on boards and commissions.
Participation is open to all citizens residing and/or doing business in Calloway County. The program targets individuals with diverse socio-economic backgrounds and seeks a racial and gender mix reflective of the population at large. The recruitment process ensures a varied group representative of: business and professions, government, neighborhoods, and the community at large. Participation in the program is limited and applicants are encouraged to reapply to subsequent programs if not initially accepted.