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This document contains a list of candidates have been interviewed and endorsed by the Good Government Council, the political action affiliate of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce.
The Baton Rouge Area Chamber released a new policy paper that urges the Louisiana Department of Education to ensure students are gaining real-world training in critical career-readiness skills through authentic work-based learning experiences.
Kitchen Council is the Council Bluffs-Omaha metro area's first designated culinary incubator. Among its biggest draws for startups in the food industry will be a shared commercial kitchen that interested parties can use through a monthly membership. Designed to help area food startups grow their product, Kitchen Council also plans to provide help with the intangible needs -- marketing, accounting, networking and far more -- startup businesses need to succeed in the industry. The new incubator is a collaboration between the Iowa West Foundation, the Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Omaha Chamber under the umbrella of its regional economic development partnership.
The Middle Tennessee Reconnect Community is a local community organization dedicated to supporting every adult in the region who aspires to earn a college degree. Their main initiative is to help adults enter higher education to gain new skills and advance in the workplace. The Middle Tennessee Reconnect Community have created an “Employer Toolkit”, which highlights best practices throughout the region and provides a framework for implementing new workplace practices that support expanding education to help guide employees back to college.
The Lodi District Chamber of Commerce created an economic visioning project called “Vision 2020”, and its main goal is to increase community economic improvement for all people living in Lodi County. One way Lodi has tackled this problem is by implementing the Mamas and Papas elementary after school program, which is meant to help “poor readers” in the 3rd grade read at grade level. By helping these young students read at a young age, these Mamas and Papas are sharing life principles like personal responsibility, encouragement, being a positive role model, demonstrating character building values.
The Dallas Regional Chamber have worked with regional partners who serve their business community, and local students, to improve educational outcomes in order to sustain a highly trained workforce for the future. In order to address the issue at hand, the Dallas Regional Chamber created a “Pick Your Path” tool that helps students and parents understand the Texas Foundation High School Program and the Endorsement options, as well as the choices and responsibilities students have. Additionally, they also created a “Follow Your Pipeline” tool to guide students in planning their education and career pathway as they pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) Careers.
The Chamber of Greater Springfield has collaborated with local businesses and 8th grade students in their county, to host a great event surrounding Career Exploration. This event serves as a way to engage business and education while opening the eye.
Career and Exploration and Readiness
The Baton Rouge Area Chamber have launched a report to explore the Baton Rouge Area’s workforce supply and demand, and to identify needs, progress, and hurdles in meeting the demand. The report seeks to provide updates on previous suggestions, while also identifying new opportunities for progress in terms of streamlining the regional workforce pipeline. Moreover, the occupations and industries selected reflect those that have a number of high-growth, high-wage jobs that require post-secondary training or certification.
The Cobb Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Cobb County’s steering committee have come together to address current and future workforce needs and concerns. Specifically, the goal of the initiative is to have industry inform the workforce educational supply chain (programs, curriculum, training, and resources) in Cobb County. The vision of the Cobb Workforce Partnership is a future in which Cobb County employers know that students educated in Cobb have the skills that they are looking to hire; and students in Cobb County know how to connect with internships, apprenticeships, and job opportunities in Cobb.