Charlotte Chamber and Local Businesses Travel to Capitol Hill to Advocate for Talent and Workforce Development
Published Wednesday, September 6, 2017 7:00 am

The Charlotte Chamber and local business executives are in Washington D.C. today to meet with Congressional leaders to discuss the critical role that small and medium-sized businesses should play as Congress develops and modernizes workforce policies.

Carrie Cook, Charlotte Chamber Vice President of Talent Development, along with representatives from Carolinas HealthCare System and Groninger USA, will meet with Sen. Richard Burr and Representatives Richard Hudson and Robert Pittenger, as well as members of the Senate and House education and workforce committees. The primary focus of their visit is to advocate the need to invest in and support work-based learning opportunities like apprenticeships, on-the-job training, and career and technical education with a worksite component. The Charlotte delegation is one of several from North Carolina and among a larger group that represents six southern states.

Talent and workforce development are critical components of the Charlotte Chamber's mission. At the beginning of 2017, the organization expanded its economic growth department to include staff dedicated to enhancing the development of the region’s talent pipeline to fuel business vitality and provide economic opportunities for all who do business in Charlotte. 

"Growing economic opportunity requires that we equip our present and future talent with the knowledge and skills required for the jobs of today and tomorrow," said Bob Morgan, Charlotte Chamber president and CEO. "In order to accomplish this, we must have an integrated and cohesive talent and workforce ecosystem that aligns the Charlotte region’s tremendous resources to develop our greatest asset – the people."

"We work with Charlotte businesses, but we also work with the city’s economic development team, and workforce partners like Goodwill and Charlotte Works, along with education and training partners to meet our talent demands," added Keva Walton, Chief Growth Officer, Talent and Workforce Development.

To learn more about the chamber's talent and workforce development efforts, click here.

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