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FROM IDEAS TO ACTION IN 2018
In December, the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce convened the boards of the Development Authority, the Tourism Authority and the Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Inc. to spend an af- ternoon assessing the community, identifying challenges and creating opportunities for continued growth and success. The common theme throughout the gathering was one of consensus on the challenges and an overwhelming commitment to attempt to address the challenges in new and innovative ways.
A brief overview and the proposed plan includes:
EDUCATION/WORKFORCE This is the most critical
issue area employers face and one that requires strategies both short-term and long-term to address the challenge. The group determined that this would involve all levels of the education commu- nity, from early childhood to higher education (both career tech and college).
that many worthwhile efforts are currently underway, and it was
ntinued on Page 3 It was determined
imperative to recruit additional volunteers and leaders to assist in the efforts.
In addition to educational efforts, a new program is under consid- eration to provide support and education to individuals who need additional assistance in being prepared for the workforce. Recognizing the many challenges of our K-12 area districts, additional support as needed will be provided ensuring our students are prepared for college or career upon graduation.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT/ QUALITY OF LIFE The ability to attract and
retain a talented workforce is dependent on the quality of education and the opportunities
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