PITTSFIELD -- The Berkshire Leadership Program has extended its 2014 application deadline until Tuesday, Jan. 14. Applications must be received by 4 p.m. on that date.

Now in its 17th year, BLP seeks, prepares, involves, and sustains leaders from every career level who are committed and competent to address community challenges and improve the quality of life in the Berkshires. More than 400 community-minded individuals have graduated from the program since its inception in 1997.

Each year up to 30 candidates are selected to participate in the program. Selection is based on a written application and written references. The cost to participate is $649 and includes all meals and overnight accommodations at Jiminy Peak during the two-day retreat that kicks off the program. Limited financial assistance is available.

Applications are available online at www.berkshirechamber.com/blp. For further information, contact program coordinator Darci Hess at (413) 499-4000 ext. 116; or at dhess@berkshirechamber.com.