The Hampton Roads Chamber attended Opportunity Inc.’s annual meeting on Wednesday, September 26th as Shawn Avery, President & CEO of Opportunity Inc. revealed their new name, logo and branding. The afternoon started with Opp. Inc. and ended with the Hampton Roads Workforce Council. “Under this new banner it allows us to better connect our mission with our community,” Avery said.
The Hampton Roads Workforce Council has been a golden example of a unified community wide program. The Hampton Roads Chamber is proud to partner with them and to be a sponsor of the annual meeting which brought over 200 members of the business community together all unified in the goal of supporting workforce development for our region. In a tangible example of that unity, Hampton Roads Workforce Council board chair, Delceno Mioles and the Greater Peninsula Workforce Development Board chair, Dr. John Olson united as one voice for the region to join together into the South Eastern Virginia Workforce Collaborative partnership, signing a resolution to do so. “This first formal collaboration of its kind shows that workforce development is a regional issue,” Avery said.
Avery provided a year in review of the organization and highlighted the next chapter for their mission as they continue to provide resources for transitioning service members and their spouses through the Veteran’s Career Compass, the second phase of the Veterans Employment Center which opened this spring. The meeting also included the presentation of the Workforce Innovation Awards.
Bryan K. Stephens, Hampton Roads Chamber President and CEO, introduced the Innovation in Business award winner, Bank of America. Stephens first highlighted the resolution that brought the workforce development centers of the Southside and Peninsula together. “This resolution is emblematic and significant, that we are finally working together as a region,” said Stephens.
The Chamber means business and will continue to work alongside our business leaders who understand workforce development means stability for our region and ensures jobs for our future generations.