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Chamber supports Charlottesville – Albemarle Technical Education Center strategic plan, “innovative” career development “pathways,” “review of facilities,” Piedmont Virginia Community College “partnership,” “consideration of joint CATEC-PVCC center”

(Charlottesville, Virginia – June 25) – The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce today announced that, the Chamber Board of Directors approved a Chamber Resolution in support of the Charlottesville – Albemarle Technical Education Center strategic plan, partnership with Piedmont Virginia Community College; “innovative development of career pathways;” and, “a comprehensive review of the facilities needed to support the career pathways to include consideration of a joint use CATEC-PVCC technical education center.

A copy of the Chamber Board of Directors’ resolution, approved on Tuesday, is attached.

The Chamber support comes after nearly 18-months of involvement with the CATEC strategic planning process; review of by the Chamber Economic & Government Affairs Committee; presentations by Albemarle Schools Superintendent Dr. Pamela Moran and Charlottesville Schools Superintendent Dr. Rosa Atkins, to both the Committee and Chamber Board; and, discussions with several Albemarle County Supervisors and Charlottesville City Counselors.  Kristina Hofmann, Esq. of Payne & Hodous, Vice Chairwoman for Economic Vitality of the Chamber Board also serves as Chairwoman of the Chamber Economic & Government Affairs Committee.
The Chamber resolution noted that the “Chamber Code of Public Policies” states: “It is essential that governments and schools work cooperatively with employers, particularly businesses, to provide programs that support workforce development and better prepare students for career-ladder employment .. (and) “a strong education system and the availability of technically skilled people are vital to our region’s future prosperity and quality of life.”

The Chamber resolution further noted that: “CATEC is poised for modern governance structure and educational programs realignment with the needs of a 21st Century global, diverse, competitive and technically agile workforce;” and, “has developed an innovative strategic plan to guide its future development.”

The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to representing private enterprise, promoting business, and enhancing the quality of life in our Greater Charlottesville communities. The more than 1,200 Chamber member and affiliate member enterprises employ more than 45,000 people in our community, generating a total payroll of more than $1.75 billion each year.