Workforce & Education

Solving the “Workforce Issue” is the number one concern currently facing communities across the country. Companies will not invest in a community unless they are confident that they can find the talent they need to be competitive. No longer is talent a company-specific issue. Communities have to respond in innovative ways to help these firms attract, develop and retain talent. The Greenville Chamber is responding to these demands through two strategies.

1. Attract talent from outside of the region by

  • surfacing critical talent information from businesses through employer visits and a Recruiters Roundtable
  • developing new community-oriented marketing materials
  • supporting large-scale talent recruiting projects supporting economic development projects, major hiring initiatives, etc.

2. Develop talent within the region through alignment of education and workforce systems to business needs by

  • facilitating information exchange and partnership exploration between business and education at both K-12 and higher education levels.
  • Supporting initiatives to connect business to education (e.g., Principal for a Day, Executive for a Day, Dream Connectors, etc.)
  • Supporting efforts to increase student engagement with business (e.g., internships, apprenticeships, Chamber internship project, etc.)



Recruiters Council

The Recruiters Council was reconvened in early 2016 to explore current and emerging issues companies are facing as they strive to recruit talent to the Greenville region.  This group may also be used as a sounding board as the Chamber updates its community-oriented talent recruitment marketing materials (e.g., Think Greenville).

     Staff Contact: Hank Hyatt, 864-239-3714


Education Committee

The Chamber’s Education Committee, formed in 2012 , was charged with the defining the Chamber’s role in education around advocacy for improvement, workplace readiness, and student linkages to the world of work.

The Education Committee focuses on the goal of building a knowledgeable and skilled workforce by engaging the business community in Early Childhood, K-12 and Higher Education.

The Committee’s action plans are aligned with specific strategies from partner organizations. The goal of the Chamber is not to create additional programs but to support those efforts already underway in the community by providing a strong tie into the business community.

Early Childhood Goal: Increase the Number of Financially Stable, High Quality Child Care Centers

K-12 Goal: Increase Business/ Education Connections to Build Career Awareness

Higher Education Goal: Bridge the Skills Gap and Increase Credential Attainment:

     Committee Chair: Neal Batavia, Dority Manning

     Staff Contact: Hank Hyatt, 864-239-3714

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