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PRESIDENT’S LETTER

— Imagine what our workforce would look like if every business in NKY had at least one internship/apprenticeship. Wouldn’t that be great?

By Brent Cooper President and CEO, NKY Chamber of Commerce

— We know that we can’t have strong businesses and a vibrant economy without a strong workforce. The two go hand in hand.

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AS I’M SURE YOU’RE AWARE, things are really happening at the NKY Chamber these days. Membership is up, attendance at events is up, and we’re leading on community efforts all around the region. The spotlight this month is on “Workforce,” and the challenges everyone faces surrounding talent growth, attraction and retention. In this issue of the Business Journal, you’ll discover just some of the ways our region is addressing these challenges. It should be noted that all of our efforts are being coordinated through our GROW NKY (Growing Regional Outcomes through Workforce) initiative, and being driven by businesses, education and civic partnerships throughout the entire region. On the early childhood front, we’re talking about ways to improve the availability of quality childcare and address the maternity needs of the workforce. We’re also supporting quality pre-school for all kids and doing all we can as a community to make sure kids are ready for kindergarten. Once they’re in school, we’re talking about how we can simplify the process of connecting businesses with education, and dramatically increase the number of interns, co-ops, and experiential learning options for students. Imagine what our workforce would look like if every business in NKY had at least one internship/apprenticeship. Wouldn’t that be great?

You’ll see there is some great work going on at the NKY Career Center. Their efforts are extremely valuable for our business community. The adult learning opportunities, which get people back into the workforce, are critical to our longterm economic success. Not a day goes by that we’re not talking about the importance of talent attraction and retention, and you’ll see that we’ve been working hard on strategies, and partnerships throughout the region, that should help everyone on that front. You’ll also see that we want to help businesses become better businesses. We are dedicating time to help folks improve their policies and practices. In this issue, you’ll see why an organization’s culture is so critical to long term success. The impact of our GROW NKY initiative has been profound, and this Business Journal reflects just some of the good work that is happening every day. We know that we can’t have strong businesses and a vibrant economy without a strong workforce. The two go hand in hand. Thank you for reading and sharing this Business Journal and for being a member of the NKY Chamber of Commerce. As time goes on, please let us know how we’re doing and if there is anything we can do to help your business. NK Y

NORTHERN KENTUCKY BUSINESS JOURNAL

Profile for Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

NKY Business Journal March/April 2019  

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