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n WOMEN IN chambers What role do you play in local workforce development? “The chamber is currently in the pro- cess of colocating with Mother Lode Job Training and Amador College Connect to create the Amador [County] Econom- ic Prosperity Center … a colocation of resources and agencies [to] provide a one- stop area for businesses, community members, students, employees and vis- itors. Oftentimes in rural counties, you will find multiple agencies working on the same mission, but they are working on them individually, which makes it hard to get leverage and resources. This center will house a conference room, classrooms, learning area, computer lab, a drop-in office and visitor center.” — Jamie Armstrong, Amador County Chamber of Commerce “The West Sacramento Chamber of Com- merce has a board seat and is an active participant on the Yolo County Workforce Investment Board. We are also active partners with the City, Washington Uni- fied School District and Sac City College. We work with West Sacramento Campus with externships and career pathway development for WUSD students through the City of West Sacramento’s award-win- ning Home Run program.” — Denice Seals, West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce “The chamber offers programs like the Business Education Alliance and the Stockton Chamber Apprenticeship Program. Both programs are de- signed to improve on our local workforce through a partner- ship with our schools and business community.” — Deitra Kenoly, Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce “We are the lead organization in Truckee Tomorrow, a public/ private economic development initiative. … One of the programs under this initiative is to work closely with the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and the Si- erra College Tahoe-Truckee Cam- pus in enhancing the awareness, access and engagement of the business community with their Career [and] Technical Education and training programs. We will be doing some benchmarking of best practices for current internship/apprenticeship programs around the United States.” — Lynn Saunders, Truckee Chamber of Commerce Upcoming plans for 2019 that most people don’t know? “Driving and implementing [our] 4-Point Business Promise for an inclusive and re- silient economy is what excites me most for 2019.” — Amanda Blackwood, Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce “Our committee focused on young professionals, Ignite, will be focusing their efforts and recruitment on a more regional approach, attracting young professionals through networking oppor- tunities, professional development and community service.” — Wendy Gerig, Roseville Area Chamber of Commerce “We’re excited to be going into our second year of our newly formed or- ganization called UCAN — United Chamber Advocacy Network. It’s a regional voice [covering El Dorado, Placer and Sacramento counties] dedicated to small and medium-size chambers of commerce, and is comprised of mostly women.” — Laurel Brent-Bumb, El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce 62 | March 2019 “We are conducting a feasibility study and planning for an entrepreneurial and leadership program for our Latino small businesses. We have some fantastic rising stars in our community, and we are excit- ed to be developing a program that will impact their businesses and our region. ” — Cathy Rodriguez, Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce