Chambers County Competitive Realities Study Update
In continuing to uphold the recommendations made by Garner Economics in the Competitive Realties Study done for Chambers County, the CCDA has been working on many new initiatives for the area.
One of these initiatives is holding Quarterly Manufacturers Association Meetings for local Chambers County Industrial Manufacturing Plant Managers and HR Directors to attend and discuss concerns for their companies. The CCDA is also continuing their Quarterly Small Business Meetings as well as continuing to partner with organizations throughout Alabama to educate local industries and small business on future events.
The CCDA is also taking their own strides in growing the talent pipeline. Each semester the CCDA hosts two Valley High School students to intern at the Development Authority. This year, thanks to our sponsors, the CCDA was able to hire a summer intern who was a student graduating from a local high school and wanting to stay in the area to work and get her higher education. The CCDA, with the assistance from future sponsors, plans to continue this trend in the upcoming years.
The Chambers County Development Authority is currently working on a shop local initiative called S4C Initiative that will be a partnership between the CCDA, local business owners, and the citizens of Chambers County. The main goal of the S4C Initiative is to encourage citizens to promote and shop with local businesses and allow business owners leverage when asked for donations. The CCDA feels that the full circle approach to shopping local is key for business success in the community. For more information, please contact the Chambers County Development Authority at 334-642-1460. The S4C Initiative is set to launch in October of 2012.
The CCDA has also committed to be more targeted in their recruiting efforts. Specifically, the CCDA has directed their recruiting the four targets the Competitive Realities Study set for Chambers County. In doing this, Executive Director Valerie Gray has been in contact with four developers for Retirement Communities and also food processing consultants. Gray’s comments on the study were positive and left hope instilled in the hearts of all who attended the follow up meeting. Her words were…"Never let a problem become an excuse, instead work towards eliminating it!”